Win propels Chaparral toward football playoffs

35-32 battle comes down to game’s final seconds

Jim Benton
jbenton@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 10/25/21

The Douglas County Huskies and the Chaparral Wolverines met in a football game on Oct. 21 at EchoPark Stadium in Parker with class 5A state playoff berths at stake. And the game featured several big …

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Win propels Chaparral toward football playoffs

35-32 battle comes down to game’s final seconds

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The Douglas County Huskies and the Chaparral Wolverines met in a football game on Oct. 21 at EchoPark Stadium in Parker with class 5A state playoff berths at stake.

And the game featured several big plays and two all-purpose quarterbacks in Douglas County’s Antwuan (AJ) Jackson and Kylan Wilson of Chap.

Chaparral, of Parker, came out on top with a 35-32 victory that wasn’t decided until the final 54 seconds of the game.

That’s when the Wolverines’ Kegan Swain, an up back in the punt formation, took the snap and ran for a first down that allowed Chap to run out the remaining time on the clock.

Chap, 21st in the RPI standings before the game, improved to 5-4 overall while Douglas County, of Castle Rock, which was 15th in the RPI standings that help determine the 24-team Class 5A playoff bracket, slipped to a 6-3 overall record.

The Wolverines have one more Douglas County South League game remaining on Oct. 29 against rival Legend, of Parker, which was second-ranked in the CHSAANow.com poll. Douglas County wraps up the regular season on Oct. 28 against eighth-ranked Regis Jesuit, of Aurora.

Wilson and Jackson provided most of the entertainment in a game that had more big plays and offense in the first half (28-24 lead for Chap) than in the entire contest of other games.

“The dynamics of the game came down to number 16 (Jackson) and our number 5 (Wilson),” said Chap coach Jeff Ketron. “That’s kind of why they’re the quarterbacks. AJ is a heck of a football player and Kyle for us.”

Wilson, the senior who also played safety and punted for Chap, had 278 total yards. He was eight of 19 passing for 207 yards and a TD. He rushed for 71 yards and two scores.

“I just was doing my thing, do it all and help my team,” said Wilson. “I played so-so. There were things I could have done better but overall I played pretty good.

“We’ve been in battle almost every week. We knew we needed to win this game to make the playoffs. I know AJ. I wouldn’t say he’s a good buddy but he’s an acquaintance.”

Jackson, who also played in the defensive secondary and returned punts in addition to quarterback, also had over 200 yards of total offense. He passed for two touchdowns and ran for two.

Brayden Munroe of Chaparral had three receptions for 147 yards and three TDs including a 77-yard scoring reception on a pass from Wilson. The junior wide receiver also had an 88-yard kickoff return for a TD and returned a blocked field goal for a score.

Camden Vogt paced the Wolverines’ defense with nine total tackles while Fransisco Lewis and Geoffrey Freeman each had eight tackles. Lewis also had an interception.

“We knew if we won we’d be in the playoffs,” added Ketron. “This was a quality win over a six-win team. We’re excited.”

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