The Longmont Trojans ran into Noah Roper, and like he's done to every other team in the state, he ran all over them. The junior's dominating performance on Saturday led Erie to a berth to the 3A state championship with a 31-14 victory.
Longmont had won eight games in a row. The Trojans had just knocked off the No. 1 team in the state in the quarterfinals. They scored on the opening drive against Erie--a short TD run by quarterback Oakley Dehning to take a quick 6-0 lead in the semis.
Then, one of the best running backs in the state took over.
Roper had 31 carries for 255 yards and two touchdowns--and also tacked on a big interception on defense--to help the Tigers score 31 straight points and effectively put the game away.
Jacob Mansdorfer added a pair of scores of his own to help send the packed crowd at Erie High School into a frenzy.
With the victory, Erie will head to the state title game, where the Tigers will take on No. 2 Palmer Ridge.
Longmont, meanwhile, ends a great season with a 9-4 overall record.