LAKEWOOD - On a cold and snowy fall night D’Evelyn football heated up for the dismantling of their old assistant coach’s team, beating Arvada …
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LAKEWOOD - On a cold and snowy fall night D’Evelyn football heated up for the dismantling of their old assistant coach’s team, beating Arvada 49-6 Thursday at Trailblazer Stadium.
D’Evelyn kept their postseason aspirations alive as senior quarterback Cody Marvel threw four touchdowns for 385 and ran for another, and junior Ty McGee caught touchdown passes of 57 and 63 yards.
In the process D’Evelyn senior Connor Skelton became just the fourth player in Colorado high school history with 3,000 receiving yards.
“It is exciting,” Skelton said. “I’ve had a very satisfying career. It’s been amazing, I’ve had great quarterbacks, great teammates, I had a blast.”
However, you would have thought Arvada won the game the way they reacted postgame.
The Bulldogs were of course disappointed they lost to the Jaguars but they are also enjoying their best season in a decade.
“Hats off to (Arvada coach) Tom (Baker) and his team, they have really turned that program around,” D’Evelyn coach Jeremy Bennett said.
Baker, a former D’Evelyn offensive coordinator, and his players were upbeat in their locker room after their loss to D’Evelyn and rightfully so. He and his staff have helped revive an Arvada (5-4, 2-3) program that had gone winless three times over the past seven seasons.
“I feel like we have had a great season. We have done a lot of things that haven’t been done at Arvada,” Arvada senior quarterback Josh Martinez said. “We just put in so much work in the offseason to get to this point.”
Moreover, Arvada football has not won five games in a season in a decade and it has taken them five years to accumulate the amount of wins they have put together this season.
“When I came in here we only had 13 or 14 kids. We have grown, and they have worked hard and have done everything I have asked for three years and it is paying off,” Baker said.
D’Evelyn (6-4, 4-2) prevailed in the meeting between the third and fourth place teams in 3A Metro West standings, ending their regular season schedule but keeping their postseason aspirations alive.
They will now wait to see if they make the state tournament this weekend.
“We still don’t know if we are going to make the playoffs or not and we had to win this game to even have a chance,” Bennett said. “Our kids have played hard all season and that is all that matters.”
But D’Evelyn better get while the getting is good because they likely won’t be beating up on Baker’s Arvada teams much longer.
“We are getting stronger,” Baker said. “And I am hoping that the kids in Arvada see how well we are doing and stop going to Pomona, Arvada West and Ralston Valley, and come to us.”
Arvada wraps up their season against Conifer (7-2, 4-1) Friday at 6 p.m. at Trailblazer.
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