DENVER — D’Evelyn football showed off it air superiority in a 49-8 victory over Denver West on Oct. 28 at All-City Stadium.
“We played our game,” D’Evelyn coach Jeremy Bennett said. “We talked all week about coming out and playing …
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DENVER — D’Evelyn football showed off it air superiority in a 49-8 victory over Denver West on Oct. 28 at All-City Stadium.“We played our game,” D’Evelyn coach Jeremy Bennett said. “We talked all week about coming out and playing D’Evelyn passing football. I’m happy with the way this game went.”The Jaguars put on a passing clinic in the first half in their regular-season finale. D’Evelyn senior quarterback Chad Dines was 8-for-9 passing for 248 yards and six touchdowns before halftime to give the Jaguars a 42-0 lead. In fact, Dines at one point had four straight pass attempts go for touchdowns.“Not quite like that ever,” Dines said of his first-half passing numbers. “We had a great week of practice and we knew we had to build our confidence going into playoffs. We think we are in the playoffs. We did all we could tonight.”Senior receiver Cody Bell caught five passes for 213 yards and four touchdowns in the first half. Bell finished the regular season hitting the 1,000-yard mark receiving and 12 touchdown catches.“If we don’t get in to the playoffs it was a good way to end with my brothers on the field, from freshmen to seniors,” Bell said. “Hopefully we’ll get in as No. 16 in the RPI.”D’Evelyn did hang on to the No. 16 spot in the Class 2A football RPI rankings, edging out Coal Ridge for the final spot in the 16-team state tournament bracket. The final RPI numbers — D’Evelyn (0.542778) and Coal Ridge (0.532667).“I wouldn’t want to be No. 1 because we are going to give them everything we have,” Bennett said, who will travel to Kersey, near Greeley, to face No. 1 Platte Valley (9-0 record). Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4.“(Platte Valley) is a great team and they got the best of us for sure. We made a lot of mistakes that game. I had some turnovers,” Dines said about the possibility of playing the Broncos in the opening round before brackets were released Sunday, Oct. 29. “Anything can happen. We’re ready.”What helped D’Evelyn (5-4, 4-1 in 2A Flatirons League) make the postseason was its strength of schedule in non-league play. The Jaguars suffered three losses before getting into conference play, but all were against top-10 teams in 2A — No. 6 Sterling, No. 5 The Classical Academy and No. 3 Platte Valley.The Jaguars’ lone conference loss came to No. 7 Faith Christian (8-1, 5-0). With the Eagles defeating D’Evelyn head-to-head and winning the conference, Faith grabbed the automatic bid for the state tournament.“This year going 1-3 really humbled us,” said Bell talking about the Jaguars’ non-league record. The previous season D’Evelyn was 3-1 before going into its league schedule. “We thought going in we would be a powerhouse team. It showed us we aren’t the best team right now, but we can be.”All four of the teams that defeated D’Evelyn during the regular season are locked into playoff spots. Bennett guided the Jaguars to their 12th winning season in his 13 years at D’Evelyn.Dennis Pleuss is a communications specialist for Jeffco Public Schools with a focus on athletics and activities. For more Jeffco coverage, go online at CHSAANow.com/Jeffco.
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