3A: PUE­BLO EAST 35, DIS­COV­ERY CANYON 6

The Denver Post - - FRONT PAGE - By Brent W. New

Bryson Tor­res runs for two touch­downs and Luc An­drada runs and throws for another two scores as the Ea­gles stuff and stymie Dis­cov­ery Canyon’s dy­namic Josh Tom­jack for a 35-6 vic­tory in the ti­tle game.

colorado springs» Dis­cov­ery Canyon’s Josh Tom­jack, one of Class 3A’s most dy­namic play­mak­ers, squirted through a hole on the team’s open­ing drive and plowed through a tack­ler on his way to the end zone.

But Pue­blo East had the per­fect re­but­tal: swarm faster and hit harder.

The sec­ond-ranked Ea­gles stuffed and stymied Tom­jack and the No. 1 Thun­der the rest of the way, lead­ing to a 35-6 win in the Class 3A state ti­tle game Satur­day.

Bryson Tor­res added two rush­ing touch­downs, Luc An­drada threw and ran for another two, and the Ea­gles (13-1) and their yel­low-clad fan base strolled out of Dis­trict 20 Sta­dium with a third con­sec­u­tive ti­tle in hand.

Dis­cov­ery Canyon (13-1), mean­while, con­tin­ued to strug­gle against East in sea­son re­matches. In the eighth game in four years, the Thun­der holds a 3-1 ad­van­tage in the reg­u­lar sea­son but is 0-4 in post­sea­son meet­ings.

“It’s hard to play the same team two times in a sea­son,” said Tom­jack, who ran wild on Pue­blo East and scored three touch­downs in a 41-26 win Sept. 16. “They can come back and fig­ure out things quickly.”

Tom­jack helped lead an im­pres­sive 80-yard drive in the first quar­ter that in­cluded five first downs and a lot of prom­ise. But Pue­blo East scored 35 unan­swered points, and held the Thun­der to less than 65 yards and just two first downs in the fi­nal three quar­ters.

“I don’t know what it is,” Dis­cov­ery Canyon coach Shawn Mitchell said. “What­ever it is that they do late in the sea­son or what­ever it is they do dif­fer­ently the sec­ond time around against us — what­ever les­son they learned in a loss to us ear­lier in the sea­son, they just fig­ure it out.”

The Thun­der only trailed by one point, 7-6, be­fore Kain Me­drano re­turned a fum­ble 30 yards to put the Ea­gles ahead 14-6 early in the third quar­ter.

A quick three-and-out later, An­drada made it a two-score ad­van­tage when he ex­pertly placed a pass into the arms of Tory Koshak down the side­line for 21 yards.

“Every­one was wrap­ping up, grab­bing cloth and swarm­ing,” Me­drano said. “We were bet­ter than we were when we played them last time.”

Early on, Tom­jack scored his 27th touch­down of the sea­son with 2:28 left in the first quar­ter. The mul­ti­fac­eted se­nior got a pitch from Tyler McFar­land, broke a tackle near the bound­ary and raced 23 yards for a touch­down, but the lead was only 6-0 fol­low­ing a missed PAT.

Pue­blo East re­sponded with an 11-play, 80-yard drive to take a 7-6 lead. Don­avin Ada kept it go­ing on third-and-12 with a sprawl­ing catch for 20 yards near the side­line. Tor­res capped it off with a 3yard score on his third con­sec­u­tive carry from in­side the 9. Pue­blo East’s de­fense had a tall task head­ing into the Class 3A cham­pi­onship — try to con­tain a Thun­der team that av­er­aged 40.5 points per game in go­ing 13-0, in­clud­ing 41 against the Ea­gles ear­lier in the sea­son. Af­ter al­low­ing a touch­down on the first drive of the game, it ap­peared as though not much was go­ing to change in the re­match. But the Ea­gles put a stop to it, shut­ting out Dis­cov­ery Canyon the rest of the game in claim­ing its third con­sec­u­tive state ti­tle. The Den­ver Post

Pue­blo East High School play­ers cel­e­brate af­ter de­feat­ing Dis­cov­ery Canyon in the Class 3A state cham­pi­onship game Satur­day in Colorado Springs. Pue­blo East won 35-6 to claim its third con­sec­u­tive cham­pi­onship. Chris McLean, The Pue­blo Chief­tain

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