Eaglecrest outlasts Grandview 43-42 on JP Luketu’s two-point conversion in Class 5A top-10 showdown – The Denver Post
AURORA — Eaglecrest mulled over two options during a timeout with about 30 seconds left Thursday night in an instant classic against Grandview: Kick an extra-point to force overtime or attempt a 2-point conversion for the victory.
“We’ve got them big boys up front,” senior Eaglecrest quarterback Khalil Howard said. “They couldn’t stop us.”
Eaglecrest didn’t blink, and in a wild back-and-forth contest, the Raptors risked it all in regulation. Their guts paid off in a dramatic victory, 43-42, between top-10 Class 5A schools at Legacy Field — punctuated by senior Eaglecrest running back JP Luketu rushing into the end zone for the go-ahead 2-point try.
Grandview made one final push to reach long field goal range, but the Wolves’ kick sailed wide left as time expired in the Centennial League showdown.
The No. 7 Raptors (2-0) coughed up five turnovers, two for touchdowns, and trailed No. 6 Grandview (1-1) late in the fourth quarter. The Wolves also scored on a kick return touchdown from junior Evan Johnson. But a dynamic ground attack paved Eaglecrest’s path back to victory after they squandered a quick 14-0 lead to begin the game.
“We have heart,” said Howard, who rushed for a 74-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. “We were down in the second half, but we were going to come back. There’s no quit in us. We’re going to come to win the game.”
Grandview was bolstered by the big-play ability of junior cornerback Kahden Rullo. He returned an interception for a touchdown and recovered a muffed Eaglecrest kick return for another score. Grandview also showcased its own dominant run game behind tailback Moosa Alsafar. The junior found the end zone on a 62-yard sprint and again from the goal line in the fourth quarter — putting Grandview up 42-35 with 3:16 left in the game.
It just wasn’t enough.
Luketu’s final touchdown was his third trip to the end zone on Thursday night. His 2-point punch gave Eaglecrest the final advantage it needed to remain undefeated early in the season.
“Everybody makes mistakes,” Howard said. “Keep playing hard, then come back and score.”