Cherry Creek wrapped up its non-conference schedule on Sept. 22 and now faces another challenge against Centennial League teams.
The three-time defending state champion Bruins, the top-ranked team in the CHSAANow.Com poll, rolled to a 42-14 victory over fourth-ranked Regis Jesuit.
Creek is now 4-1 with its lone loss coming in a 13-9 defeat to St. Edward of Lakewood, Ohio. Regis slipped to 2-3 on the season after opening the year with an overtime victory over Valor Christian.
‘We’re happy to get out of our non-conference part of the schedule and now we focus on the Centennial League,” said coach Dave Logan, whose team will take on Cherokee Trail on Sept. 29 in its league opener. “The Centennial League is the best league in the state. It’s never easy when you play any of those guys.”
Cherry Creek, at least from the final score, had an easy time handling Regis as the Bruins’ strong rushing attack set the tone for the game.
The Bruins. led by running backs Jordan Herron and Carlson Tann, and a physical offensive line, rushed for 360 yards and averaged 9.5 yards per carry. Creek finished with 593 yards in total offense.
“It always starts with us up front and how we run it,” added Logan. “I thought we played hard. Regis is a very good team but I liked how we competed and I thought our physicality was good. We got a couple guys nicked up that we are going to have to get back. I thought the kids executed the game plan really well.”
The Creek offensive line that contributed to the offensive output included Hank Zilinskas, Ben Lastrella, AJ Burton, Taki Dadiotis and Maxwell Parrott.
Herron, a junior, gained 156 yards on 14 carries and rushed for two touchdowns. He also caught four passes for 81 yards and a TD.
Tann had 145 yards rushing on 17 carries and scored one touchdown.
The final score might have been lopsided but the game was close for a while. An 87-yard kickoff return by Grant Drotar cut the Creek lead to 14-7 in the second quarter.
“It really was close,” said Logan. “It was 14-7 late in the first half. We had a couple big plays in the second half and when you play good teams you have to be prepared for a dogfight. And for the most part it was.
“We scored right before halftime (5-yard run by Herron) which helped. We had a big play in the third quarter and now all of a sudden it is 28-7. We’ll take it, learn from it and move on.
“We have to fix our kickoff coverage team.There’s always things to work on. It was a short week for us. We had one less day of preparation so I was proud of the way we played.”
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