LAKEWOOD — Seth Cromwell rarely comes off the field for Columbine as the Rebels’ do-it-all running back and outside linebacker.
On Thursday night, in a Top 10 Class 5A showdown at Jeffco Stadium, the dynamic senior showed exactly why as No. 3 Columbine rolled to 52-21 victory over No. 9 Cherokee Trail.
Cromwell totaled four rushing touchdowns and made several tackles on defense. He flexed both arms on his muscular 5-foot-10, 210-pound frame in celebration after each big play.
Columbine scored on five consecutive possessions in the first half with a dominant run-first offense under longtime head coach Andy Lowry. He employed three tailback formations on almost every play.
The Rebels (2-0) took an early 14-0 lead after junior Tyree Hayes-Trusty opened the game with a goal-line dive into the end zone and Cromwell’s first touchdown of the night. But Cherokee Trail (1-1) made an initial push to keep it close.
The senior pass-catching tandem of quarterback Logan Brook and wide receiver Jack Pierce produced a pair of touchdowns, including a catch-and-run of 59 yards into the end zone. The Cougars trailed 28-14 midway through the second quarter.
But Cherokee Trail’s defense had few answers for Columbine’s ground-and-pound, which produced several gains of 30-plus yards. The Rebels closed the first half with two additional Cromwell touchdowns and a field goal to lead 31-14. Neither team scored in the third quarter.
Columbine put the game away in the fourth with rushing touchdowns from Hayes-Trusty (his second), Cromwell (his fourth) and sophomore Josh Snyder. Cherokee Trail added a late touchdown reception from senior tight end Gage Gordon.
This story will be updated.
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