Ea­gles seek three-peat vs. un­de­feated Thun­der

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Kyle New­man

Pue­blo East vs. Dis­cov­ery Canyon, 1 p.m. Satur­day, Dis­trict 20 Sta­dium, Colorado Springs

Pro­grams on their third coach in three years usu­ally aren’t very good.

Count Pue­blo East as an ex­cep­tion. The No. 2 Ea­gles (12-1) chase a third con­sec­u­tive Class 3A cham­pi­onship Satur­day at Dis­trict 20 Sta­dium in Colorado Springs against No. 1 Dis­cov­ery Canyon (13-0) un­der their third coach in as many years, Andy Watts.

Credit Pue­blo East’s tal­ent-laden, 17-man se­nior class — which boasts run­ning back Bryson Tor­res, wide­out/safety Luke Padula and line­backer Cruz Tru­jillo — as the main rea­son the Ea­gles have been able to sus­tain their suc­cess, rack­ing up 36 wins in the last three sea­sons.

But stand­ing in the way of an­other Pue­blo East coro­na­tion is dan­ger­ous Dis­cov­ery Canyon, which de­feated the Ea­gles, 41-26, in Week 3 and has won three out of the past four reg­u­larsea­son meet­ings.

And though Pue­blo East has ended Dis­cov­ery Canyon’s sea­son in the play­offs the last three years, the Thun­der is in the midst of the best fall in pro­gram his­tory in search of its first ti­tle.

Lead­ing Dis­cov­ery Canyon’s triple-op­tion at­tack that has av­er­aged more than 40 points per game is se­nior Josh Tom­jack (1,029 yards, 18 touch­downs), ju­nior Trevor Ivy (807 yards, 11 TDs) and se­nior quar­ter­back Tyler McFar­land (760, 11 TDs), who also has 14 TDs pass­ing, and just two in­ter­cep­tions.

But with all the vet­eran play­ers, the ti­tle will likely come down to the play of a sopho­more quar­ter­back. Pue­blo East’s Luc An­drada has daz­zled so far this fall with 1,742 yards and 12 touch­downs pass­ing, but he will be tested might­ily by a Thun­der de­fense that looked strong in a 17-7 semi­fi­nal win over Sil­ver Creek last week.

Manag­ing big swings of mo­men­tum will also play a fac­tor in a bat­tle be­tween two fa­mil­iar foes. Pue­blo East jumped out to a 14-3 half­time lead over Dis­cov­ery Canyon in last year’s 28-10 play­off win; and the Thun­der used a 14-0 third quar­ter to seal the vic­tory over the Ea­gles ear­lier this sea­son.

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