The Friday Night Lights just got a whole lot brighter. The Chaparral Wolverines (5th seed) faced off in Boulder against the Fairview Knights (4th seed) on November 6th. Going in as the underdog, the Wolverines’ hunger for the sweet taste of first round playoff victory was staggering. With wrists and ankles taped, the players faced more than just their opponent team as the weather took a turn to light snow showers and low 30’s temperatures through the game.
The first score was unexpected and unintended in favor of Chaparral. At the start of the second quarter, the ball went right over Fairview’s senior quarterback, Thomas Creese’s head, good for a two-point safety. Senior Jumpy Davis was absolutely ridiculous on the field. In this game alone, Davis ran 233 yards and locked in three touchdowns for the Wolverines, two of those in the first half of the game. Jr. Jackson Hunter shook up Knight’s quarterback Creese with a glorious sack to really amp up the intensity coming from the Chaparral side. Austin Spindler has been playing monstrously all season as well. As of November 2, he had the number one spot for receiving yards in all of Colorado high school football, reported by Gerry Valerio from MaxPreps. Spindler fell nothing short of his fame, running in a touchdown late in the 2nd quarter. “Just thinking about scoring the whole time. Eyes on the end zone and trust in my abilities to get me there,” says Spindler about his thoughts while running towards the end zone. But it doesn’t end there. “The fake punt was actually supposed to be a regular punt but as I got a low snap, I looked up and saw no one was on that side and I knew that I only needed two or three yards, so I went for the first down and got it,” recalls Jr. Nick Williams. This was the final highlight as the Wolverines scored 30 points and held the Knights at zero for halftime. Fairview didn’t score until the 3rd quarter and completed it with a two-point conversion. Chaparral was not done feasting, in the fourth quarter, Chaparral quarterback Jr. Taden Blaise connected with Nick Williams to score a final touchdown. Ford Edwards also kicked in every single extra point, keeping the Wolverines stocked.
With the end of the regular season, Chaparral honored their teammate Koby Stevens once more by retiring his #44 Jersey and including his jersey in the initial captain's greeting. “One team, one angel, one win, one dream...onto the next one. #44,” read the Wolverines Football’s Twitter after the game. Koby Steven’s memory will forever stay in Wolverine Football history. The Wolverines took the game 37-8 and will be facing Valor, number one seed, for round two of playoffs in the coming week.
By Brittany Berrum