Coach Dave Logan gained career title number seven on Saturday, November 29th in a championship game between Cherry Creek and Valor Christian. Cherry Creek rallied against Valor Christian, who had won five consecutive championships, and came out one point on top with a 25-24 win, giving the Bruins their ninth state title and their first since 1996.
Although a fumble in the third quarter at the 1-yard line by Cherry Creek’s running back Milo Hall gave Valor the opportunity to score a 17 point lead, the Cherry Creek Bruins kept their confidence and let their ability to perform under pressure shine through. With 5:49 left on the clock, the Bruins tied the game with a 1-yard run by quarterback Joe Caplis.
Valor Christian didn’t leave without putting up a fight. Danny Rambo of Valor returned the following kickoff 89 yards for the lead, 24-17. Once again, the Bruins pushed forward, letting their trailing score fuel the fire beneath their feet. Milo Hall, who ran for a total of 214 yards and two touchdowns, brought the team within a point on a 24-yard run to 23-24 with 5:09 left.
Enter risk-taking coach Dave Logan; he opted for a 2-point conversion try after a Valor Christian penalty left the ball at the 1-yard line. Logan gambled by taking Hall out of the game and putting in his bruising back, D.J. Luke. Luke, a 215-pound man, plowed ahead and got the team the winning points for a score of 25-24.
The Bruins players put all their trust into their coach, and the conversion risk paid off greatly. Quarterback Caplis commented that Logan “motivates like no one ever could…it’s just so amazing to play for him.” The team and their coach walked away victorious. This is Logan’s seventh state championship at his fourth school.