LAKEWOOD — Two huge offensive plays and a gritty defense is what it took for Pomona to claim the Class 5A Jeffco League title Friday, Nov. 13, at Jeffco Stadium. Pomona — No. 3 in the final …
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LAKEWOOD — Two huge offensive plays and a gritty defense is what it took for Pomona to claim the Class 5A Jeffco League title Friday, Nov. 13, at Jeffco Stadium.
Pomona — No. 3 in the final CHSAANow.com 5A football rankings — grabbed a 14-11 victory over No. 7 Columbine to finish off an undefeated 6-0 regular season for the Panthers.
The two scoring plays were courtesy of senior Jack Pospisil and junior Dominick Nichols. Pospisil opened the scoring up on the second play from scrimmage. The quarterback weaved his way for a 77-yard touchdown run to put the Panthers up 7-0, less than a minute into the regular-season finale for both teams.
Columbine (4-1, 3-1 in 5A Jeffco) responded with a 20-yard field goal by senior Adam Tasei on the first play of the second quarter to cut the Panthers’ lead to 7-3.
Nichols put the Panthers up 14-3 midway through the third quarter with a 60-yard punt return for a touchdown.
Pomona did turn the ball over three times to help keep Columbine in the game. The Rebels capitalized on that third turnover to get within a score. Junior Seth Cromwell had a big 41-yard run to get Columbine down to Pomona’s 6-yard line.Then Columbine junior quarterback Brock Zanetell scored on a 1-yard plunge and also ran in a 2-point conversion with 4:01 left to cut Pomona’s lead to 14-11.
It was the only touchdown drive for Columbine as Pomona’s defense was able to slow down the Rebels’ rushing attack for the majority of the night.
The Panthers came up with just the offensive drive they needed, clinging to a 3-point lead. Pomona junior Chase Muller had six straight carries on the ground that totaled 36 yards to drive across midfield. On third down-and-12, Pospisil faked a handoff to Muller and preceded to run 23 yards around the right side to ice the game. The senior quarterback then took a knee on the final play to run out the clock.
The Panthers and Rebels discovered their postseason fate on the morning of Sunday, Nov. 15. Pomona received the No. 4 seed and will play No. 5 Eaglecrest on Friday, Nov. 20, at Valor Christian High School in Highlands Ranch. The playoff game was moved to Valor’s home field to allow fans into the stadium.
Current Jefferson County Public Heath directives do not allow spectators at Jeffco Public School’s stadiums due to the rising COVID-19 cases in the county.
Columbine just failed to make the 8-team field. The Rebels finished just a hair behind Cherokee Trail (4-2) in the CHSAA Seeding Index that determined the state tournament field.
Columbine is scheduled to play a Week 7 non-playoff game against Grandview at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20, at Legacy Stadium in Aurora.
Dennis Pleuss is the Sports Information Director for Jeffco Public Schools. For more coverage go to CHSAANow.com/Jeffco.
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