Eagles seek three-peat vs. undefeated Thunder
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.