Lakewood football shut out in playoff opener

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AURORA — Grandview staked claim to the final Class 5A football state quarterfinal spot in convincing fashion Nov. 11 at Legacy Stadium.

The No. 8-seeded Wolves shut out No. 9 Lakewood 42-0 to join the other seven 5A football teams that advanced to the quarterfinals with wins the previous night.

“It was close,” Grandview senior Gunner Gentry said when asked if it was a perfect game for the Wolves. “We have somethings we still need to clean up. Overall, it was a good game. A good team win.”

Lakewood finished off its season with a 8-3 record and its first postseason appearance since 2014.

“They (Grandview) are just more physical and a well-coached team. It’s a program in a place that we to get our program to,” Lakewood coach Jeff Braun said. “I can’t thank my senior enough. My seniors three years ago said they wanted to make the playoffs, make the program and the school better. They did that.”

Next up for Grandview (9-2 record) is two-time defending state champion Valor Christian. The No. 1 Eagles are undefeated on the season.

Valor has won 21 straight games dating back to last season. The Eagles last loss was Sept. 23, 2016 against Pomona in a non-league game.

The Wolves were nearly flawless in the first half against Lakewood. Grandview scored on every possession except its second time with the football. That drive ended with a missed field goal. It didn’t matter in the grand scheme of things.

Grandview junior Jordan Billingsley had first-half touchdown runs of 4, 25 and 10 yards. He racked up 113 yards on 17 carries before halftime. Senior Aaron Harris also pitched in eight carries for 77 yards and a 23-yard touchdown run before halftime to give the Wolves a 28-0 lead.

Dennis Pleuss is a communications specialist at Jeffco Public Schools with a focus on athletics and activities. For more Jeffco coverage, go online at CHSAANow.com/Jeffco

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