FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS: Cyclones, Colts fall short against No. 1’s

Pine Creek (3-1) 41, No. 1 Pueblo West (4-1) 13
Palmer Ridge (4-0) 24, No. 2 South (3-1) 19
No. 3 Central (3-0) vs. Harrison (2-1) (Saturday)
Discovery Canyon (4-1) 34, No. 4 East (1-4) 20 (Thursday)
No. 5 Pueblo County (2-2) 48, Mitchell (0-5) 14
Centennial (1-3) 21, Kent Denver (1-3) 0
Dolores Huerta (0-4) vs. Sargent (1-2) (Saturday)
Rye (bye)

On Friday night, there were two big measuring-stick games for two Pueblo teams hoping to make a bid for a state title.

As undefeated South took on 3A No. 1 Palmer Ridge while Pueblo West squared-off with 4A No. 1 Pine Creek, both felt short in potential upset bids, the Colts falling 24-19 to Palmer Ridge at the Neta & Eddie DeRose ThunderBowl while the Cyclones were thumped 41-13 by Pine Creek at Cyclones Stadium.

The losses for Pueblo West, the reigning No. 1 in the Pueblo Preps Power Five, and South, the county’s 2nd-ranked team, marked the first losses of the 2019 season for both squads.

In Pueblo West, Pine Creek ran all over the Cyclones behind the top-ranked running back in Colorado, David Moore III, as he ran for 202 yards and four touchdowns, part of a bitter loss for Pueblo West.

South, facing Palmer Ridge for the third time in less than two seasons, again were unable to solve the Bears, seeing a 13-3 lead disappear as Palmer Ridge scored 21 straight to eventually ride to a win.

With the 34-20 loss by No. 4 East to Discovery Canyon Thursday night, dropping the Eagles to 1-4 on the season, the only wins in the county came from No. 5 Pueblo County, which rolled Mitchell 48-14, and from Centennial, which claimed its first win in convincing fashion, blanking Kent Denver 21-0 at Dutch Clark Stadium Friday night.

No. 3 Central entertains Harrison Saturday.

Pueblo Preps provides coverage of high school sports in Pueblo County.

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