The Fossil Ridge High School football team completed its best 5A season in program history with a 16-14 victory over Horizon on the road Friday night.
With the win, the SaberCats (7-3, 3-2 Mt. Elbert) finish the season with seven wins, their best mark since making the jump to 5A in 2010. However, even with seven wins, the playoff hopes still look slim for the SaberCats.
Fossil Ridge used three Evan Bergerson field goals in the first half — including a 52-yarder late in the second quarter — to take a 9-7 lead into halftime. Ryan Cronin provided a huge momentum play late in the third quarter when he blocked a Horizon field goal attempt. Shortly after, Tanner Hoke found Donovan Murphree on an 80-yard pass to put Fossil Ridge ahead 16-7.
Horizon would score to pull within two before the SaberCats staved them off to preserve the win. Murphree finished the game with 117 yards receiving and Brandon Spraberry had 85 yards on the ground.
RALSTON VALLEY 36, ROCKY MOUNTAIN 24 — The Lobos (1-9, 1-4 Mt. Wilson) fell in their final regular season contest to Ralston Valley on Senior Night. The Mustangs jumped on Rocky Mountain early, building a 17-0 lead before Maxwell Poduska got the Lobos on the board with a 25-yard field goal. Ralston Valley took a 24-3 lead into halftime after converting a 67-yard touchdown pass with one second left on the clock in the second quarter. Tyler Hyland and Jordan Yancey both scored touchdown runs late in the fourth to bring it within 12, but it was just too-little, too late for Rocky Mountain. Hyland finished the night 9-of-18 passing for 162 yards while Ryan Hutcheson hauled in two catches for 71 yards. Brady Morris led defensively with 11 tackles and blocked an extra point attempt.