ARVADA — What was supposed to be one of the best state football playoff games of the week turned into a lopsided affair.
No. 18 Arapahoe couldn’t keep up with No. 15 Ralston Valley. The Mustangs heated up on a cold Friday night with a 58-28 victory at North Area Athletic Complex.
Ralston Valley senior Andrew Wingard was nearly unstoppable recording 286 yards and three touchdowns. While those stats would be an excellent day for any quarterback, Wingard is a running back.
Actually, the only one who could stop Wingard was himself, as he fumbled twice. And while his teammates celebrated the big playoff win, he was concerned with what he perceived as sloppy play.
“No excuses for two fumbles,” Wingard said. “I feel lucky that my teammates picked me up, and we still found a way to win.”
The Mustangs attacked early and never let up taking a 25-7 lead into halftime. At one point in the action, Ralston Valley led 44-7.
However, Arapahoe didn’t quit and midway through the third quarter it started to move the ball and scored 21 second half points.
It was much too little and much too late for the Warriors, who wrapped up their season with a 6-4 record.
But Wingard wasn’t the only player who recorded a big offensive performance.
Arapahoe senior Ethan Brunhofer had 222 yards receiving on 13 catches, one catch for a touchdown. Senior quarterback Gabe Peterson threw for 240 yards and two touchdowns.
In addition, Ralston Valley sophomore Kyle Rush scored three times for the Mustangs.
“We had some mistakes out there but we still scored almost 60 points, and I am pretty happy with our effort tonight,” Ralston Valley coach Matt Loyd said.
Last season the Mustangs made a run to the final four in the state tournament. They will tested again this year, as they prepare to face No. 2 Valor Christian, the reigning state champs.