Lakewood-Seth Cromwell rarely played for Columbine because of the rebels’ all-around running back and outside linebacker.
In the top 10 5A matchups at Jeffko Stadium on Thursday night, the energetic senior showed why, as third place Columbine defeated the ninth Cherokee Trail 52-21.
Cromwell completed a total of four rushing touchdowns and made several tackles on the defensive end. After each major game, he flexed his arms on his 5 feet 10 inches, 210 pounds of muscle frame to celebrate.
Led by long-time head coach Andy Lowry, Columbine scored five consecutive offenses in the first half. He used three guard formations in almost every game.
The Rebels (2-0) took a 14-0 lead after junior Tyree Hayes-Trusty jumped into the end zone with the goal line and Cromwell’s first touchdown that night started the game. But the Cherokee Trail (1-1) initially pushed to stay close.
The senior catch of quarterback Logan Brook and wide receiver Jack Pierce produced two touchdowns in tandem, including a 59-yard catch and run into the end zone. The Cougars trailed 28-14 midway through the second quarter.
But Cherokee Trail’s defense has little answer to Columbine’s ground and pound ball, which produced several gains of more than 30 yards. The Rebels ended the first half with two additional Cromwell touchdowns and a field goal to lead 31-14. Neither team scored in the third quarter.
Columbine ended the game in the fourth quarter, Hayes Tosti (his second), Cromwell (his fourth) and sophomore Josh Snyder rushed the ball Touchdown. Cherokee Trail added a late arrival reception from senior tight end Gage Gordon.
This story will be updated.