Football: Eagles soar for nearly 500 rushing yards

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ARVADA - The Denver Broncos aren’t the only high-powered offense in Colorado.

In Arvada, the Faith Christian Eagles have scored an average of more than 52 points a game in the last six weeks, before Saturday’s 48-0 victory over No. 5 Gunnison in the quarterfinals of the Class 2A state football playoffs at Faith Christian High School.

The No. 4 Eagles rushed the ball for 495 yards as five different players ran for at least 60 yards.

Moreover, five different Eagles recorded rushing touchdowns in what proved to be a total team effort.

“It’s another good win for us against a good team who we respect,” Faith Christian coach Blair Hubbard said. “We had a chance to get everyone involved including some of our younger guys who have worked really hard this season.”

Faith Christian scored 14 first quarter points and then added 28 more in a huge second quarter leaving a revamped Gunnison team in the dust.

Gunnison, who had its Cinderella story end, went winless last season (0-9) and lost its first two games of the season before winning eight straight games this season including a 49-28 playoff win over Fort Lupton.

But just as Gunnison’s story ended, another chapter was written for a Faith Christian team that finally got out of the quarterfinal round.

The Eagles were eliminated in the quarterfinals in their last three trips to the playoffs.

“It feels good to get out of the second round and into the semifinals. My teammates and our defense really came together today, I am proud of our guys,” Faith Christian senior running back Jonas Spitzer said.

Spitzer rushed the ball seven times for 60 yards and a touchdown. Junior running back Daniel Langewisch rushed for 202 yards and a touchdown.

But while everyone is talking about Faith Christian’s offense, their defense has been as good as any in the state. Over the Eagles’ seven consecutive blowout wins their defense has given up a total of only 17 points, giving up an average of just 2.4 points over those seven games.

In addition, five of their last seven wins have been shutouts.

However, as a reward for their victory they must now face No. 1 Brush in their building on Saturday. Brush, led by head coach Randy Dreitz, is a perfect 10-0 this season and has been regarded as the class of Class 2A football.

“Brush has certainly earned that top-seed, they are a great team. We have a challenge in front of us,” Hubbard said.