This rivalry game began in 1983 and has become one of Colorado’s most well known and respected. Between the two schools there are 14 state championships, 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 wondered the sidelines. John Elway’s son played for Cherry Creek where he was 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 had lost seven starters to injury and was having a disappointing year. Despite hopes, it was simply not in the cards for the Cherry Creek Bruins.
Shea Kutner is a two-year varsity football letterman at left guard for Cherry Creek. He has a 3.6 GPA and plans to attend the University of Texas to study international business.
Kevin Brady was a member of Mullen’s 2008 state championship team and was also a Centennial League All-Conference Honorable mention. He is a member of the NHHSS, carries a 4.24 GPA, and has received Mullen’s highest academic award, The Torch Award, three times. He plans to study political science in college.
Mullen jumped out to a 24-0 halftime lead but the Bruins fought back to give the Mustangs a slight scare. The Mustang defense, having permitted only 21 points in all previous games, 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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