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Fountain-Fort Carson Footballers Lose to Valor Christian; Have First-Round Road Playoff Game Friday


November 8, 2017

Julie Jones

Gavin Green, had an 80-yard touchdown run, dodging tackles on the left sideline to tie Valor Christian in the first quarter.

The Fountain-Fort Carson Trojans finished the regular season 4-6 following a 42-13 defeat at the hands of the Valor Christian Eagles Friday night in Fountain.

Despite the losing record, the Trojans will enter the playoffs courtesy of their strength of schedule. Fountain-Fort Carson will meet Eaglecrest, 10-0, Friday in a first-round game. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Legacy Stadium, 25901 E Arapahoe Rd., at Cherokee Trail High School.

The Trojans won the opening toss against Valor and elected to defer. Valor got the ball into Trojan territory, but the Eagles opening drive came to quick end when they fumbled on the 25-yard line and the ball was recovered by FFCHS' Gavin Green.

The Trojan offense didn't get into Valor territory, and punted. The shanked punt gave Valor excellent field position and it only took the Eagles two plays to take a lead on a 32-yard touchdown pass.

But the Trojans came roaring right back, when Green took the handoff from the 20-yard line, sprinted to his left and dodged multiple tackles on his way to the end zone, 80 yards away. Tristan Owen added the extra point and the Trojans were tied with the Eagles, 7-7.

Noah Gerber stands alone in the end zone after catching a 12-yard pass from Eric Donnell late in the third quarter.

The Trojans held the Eagles to the tie throughout the first quarter. Valor Christian got serious about the game in the second quarter, scoring three times while denying the Trojans the end zone. Valor led 28-7 at the half.

Valor kept up the pressure in third quarter, scoring two more times to stretch their lead to 42-7. The Trojans got on the board for the last time at the end of the third quarter, when Eric Donnell connected with Noah Gerber on a 1- yard touchdown pass to finish the Trojans' scoring for the game.

After the game, Fountain-Fort Carson head coach Jake Novotny said, "I'm really happy with the way our guys came out and competed. That's all we ask them to do, to compete as hard as they could. I told the seniors they only have one guaranteed game left. We're a dangerous team; I think we've played some very tough teams."


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