by Leah Little
This rivalry game began in 1983 and has become one of Colorado’s most well known match-ups. These two schools have met 14 times for state championship games, including last year’s state title game before 14,500 fans. That was the third time the schools had faced each other for the title. These are schools where pros have coached and wandered the sidelines. John Elway’s son played for Cherry Creek, while John served as a volunteer coach during that time. Denver Broncos have been seen in attendance on occasion, and this year was no different as Bronco wide receiver Brandon Marshall watched the game.
This year’s game was poised to be another big Centennial League battle between the two schools. Mullen came in undefeated and ranked number one in the state. Cherry Creek had high hopes after their strong finish last year in the playoffs. But it was not to be. Cherry Creek lost seven starters to injuries and was having a disappointing year.
Mullen jumped out to a 24-0 halftime lead but the Bruins fought back to give the Mustangs a little scare. The Mustang defense, having permitted only 21 points in all previous games this season, gave up 15 to the Bruins in the second half. Even with a “sloppy performance,” according to Coach Logan, the Mustangs pulled off the win over the struggling Bruins of Cherry Creek, 37-15.
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- Mullen vs. Cherry Creek – 2009