Cherry Creek wins third straight Colorado high school football state championship

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Cherry Creek is now a three-time Colorado Class 5A state champ. Saturday, at Empower Field at Mile High, home of the Denver Broncos, the Bruins beat Valor Christian 21-0 in a battle of teams in the High School Football America 100 powered by NFL Play Football.

Cherry Creek has now won 12 overall football championships, four under former NFL receiver Dave Logan, who has now won 10 state championships as a coach at four different schools. Logan is tied with Limon’s Lloyd Gaskill for the most all-time high school football championships in Colorado history.

Logan also serves the voice of the Broncos, a team he played for at the end of his NFL career.

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Quarterback Christian Hammond got the scoring underway with a 21-yard touchdown pass to Maxwell Rodriguez. On the Valor Christian’s next possession, Henry Lamar had an 18-yard Pick-6 to give the Cherry Creek, ranked No. 98 in the HSFA 100 national rankings, a 14-0 lead.

The final score of the game came in the second quarter when Hammond hit Ismael Cisse on a 39-yard touchdown strike.

That Bruins defense was strong throughout, holding Valor Christian, ranked No. 54 in our Top 100, to 278 yards of total offense with three interceptions. The Bruins held Oklahoma-recruit Gavin Sawchuck to 77 yards rushing on 29 carries.

Saturday’s 21-0 win matched the same score between the two in the 2020 5A championship game. The game marked the third time in four years that the Bruins and Eagles have played for the title in Colorado’s largest classification.

Cherry Creek finishes with a 12-2 record. Valor Christian ends 13-1.

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