Castle View claimed a 35-20 first-round football playoff victory over Fountain Fort Carson on Nov. 3 at Douglas County Stadium, and the Sabercats are hoping one of their best games is still to come. …
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Castle View claimed a 35-20 first-round football playoff victory over Fountain Fort Carson on Nov. 3 at Douglas County Stadium, and the Sabercats are hoping one of their best games is still to come.
The Sabercats will take an 8-3 record into a second-round game against third seeded and perennial state contender Cherry Creek.
The game against the 9-1 Bruins is set for 7 p.m. on Nov. 9 at the Stutler Bowl in Greenwood Village. A community fan rally is set for 4 to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 9 at Castle View to send the team off to the game.
“I'm proud of our staff and kids,” said coach Todd Casebier. “They've done everything I've asked and they deserved to be in the playoffs. They are in the final 16 for a reason and we have a tall task ahead. We are going to have a good week and go play our game, that's all we can do.
“The last time we played an elite team (35-0 loss to Valor Christian on Sept. 28) we didn't show up to play the way we need to, so this will be a great test for our program because we are playing an elite team. You have to play your best to even be in the game. If we don't play our best football, they will run us off the field.”
Castle View is comfortable running the football and ran Fountain Fort Carson off the field using its season-long formula of wearing down defenses with a strong running game, a few timely passes and several quick counts that can often catch defenses off guard.
The Sabercats jumped to a 28-6 lead at halftime and added an insurance TD early in the fourth quarterback to stall any Trojan comeback hopes.
“I thought our offensive line controlled the game the whole time, our backs ran tough, our quarterback got us in the right plays and our defense did a great job in the first half of keeping them out of the end zone,” said Casebier.
The Sabercats, who converted four of five fourth downs, rushed for 320 yards in the game. Jordan Johnson and Cole Oster each ran for two touchdowns and quarterback Josh Mullenix tallied the final Castle View TD on an 8-yard quarterback sneak. He also gained 46 yards on a run in the first half.
Jordan Jackson carried the ball 25 times and gained 101 yards. Zane Wodark finished with 97 yards on 23 carries and Mullenix had 54 yards on two carries.
“Our running game was the best we've seen this year,” said Mullenix. “We got lucky on a couple of those quarterback sneaks. I've never seen our offensive line play that kind of football. Those holes were just opening up.
“We are going to play a pretty good Cherry Creek team. We know a lot of guys on that team, but we know if we play our brand of football we are going to have a good chance.”
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