Football Playoffs: First round victory over Bear Creek


Brett Stenlund

One down three to go.  The Warrior’s 31-14 victory over Bear Creek can be summed up in two words: Ray Haas.  The star defensive player made plays on all sides of the ball ultimately making the biggest impact on the night.

The Bear Creek Bears came out strong on the offensive side.  On their first drive, the Bears drove down the field in 7 minutes, scoring on the goal line with junior running back Andre Renteria.  Shortly after on the Warrior’s first drive, a fumble by Connor Williams, on a failed speed option, was recovered for a score giving Bear Creek an early 14-0 lead.

On the next drive entered Ray Haas and the Warriors offense, who converted a 3rd and 5 pass, from quarterback Pete Mitchell to Haas good for 50 yards.  While the offense drove down to the 15 yard line, a penalty and a missed field goal kept them off the scoreboard for their second drive.  This was only the beginning however.

As we have seen time and time again from the Warriors D this season, they made in game adjustments to counter the powerful Bear Creek rushing attack.  The defense did not allow a point the rest of the game, allowing the offense ample opportunity to bring the team back.

On the Warriors third offensive series Pete Mitchell found Ray Haas for a 51 yard touchdown to cut the lead from 14 to 7.  On the first play of the following offensive series Mitchell connected with Haas again for a 55 yard touchdown to tie the game up.  This brought Ray’s first half receiving stats to 4 catches for 160 yards and 2 TDs.

Not only did senior Ray Haas do it on offense, but he was a big contributor on the defensive side as well. Ray had 11 total tackles including 4 solo.  On top of that the senior safety had an interception which he returned for 55 yards.  This certainly was one of the best overall showings of his athleticism this season.

Right before the half,  Bear Creek junior Andre Renteria went down with a broken collar bone, which proved to be a huge blow to the Bears offense.  The junior running back came into the game with 168 carries for 977 yards, which was a pivotal part of the Bears offense. That blow would haunt the team the rest of the game.

Going into the half both teams were still tied up, but it was the Warriors who came out firing in the second half.  Senior running back Nick Thompson had another one of his signature games rushing for 84 yards and 2 touchdowns in the second half.

The Warriors offense scoring 31 unanswered points was very impressive, but equally impressive was the Arapahoe defense, continuing to make big plays and keep the Bear Creek offense at bay.

This upcoming Friday Nov. 13th, the Warriors will host Ralston Valley at LPS Stadium for a 7 p.m. start.  The team looks to continue its amazing season and move to 11-0.