Arapahoe Warriors win the South Metro League


Brett Stenlund

The Warriors are LEAGUE CHAMPS!  That was the big takeaway from the Warriors’ win last Friday Oct. 23 vs Rangeview.  Both teams came into the game at 4-0 in the South Metro League, so Friday night’s game became the biggest for the Warriors all season.  Arapahoe continues to climb in the polls, moving from #6 to #4 in The Associated Press high school football poll.

After receiving the first kick, the Arapahoe offense came out strong with a 7 minute scoring drive to take an early lead.  After this drive however the offense was relatively quiet and unproductive until the 4th quarter.  

Rangeview’s offense started slow, mustering only 100 yards of total offense in the first half, with a pair of turnovers.  Come the start of the second half Rangeview began to kick it into gear, giving the reins to junior running back AJ Thomas.  His size and incredible speed shredded the Arapahoe D for the majority of the 3rd quarter, including at the tail end when he ran into the end zone to tie the game.  

The difference maker in the game was a 70 yard dime QB Pete Mitchell threw to Ray Haas with 7:24 remaining in the game, however that was not the reason the Warriors won.  

Time and time again the Arapahoe D has come up in the clutch, stopping high-powered offenses with force.  Ben Sandrin had his biggest game of his season, recording 3 sacks and 2 forced fumbles, alongside more great play from safety Ray Haas, and captains Luke Morrone and Foster Houts.  
The resilient Warrior defense continues to be a difference maker Arapahoe plans on riding into the playoffs.  The Warriors will battle Smoky Hill next Friday at 7PM, under the lights at LPS Stadium for the last game of the regular season, hoping to put a cap on a perfect season.