ENGLEWOOD-- With a thrilling come-from-behind victory over Eagle Valley on Friday, Kent Denver Head Coach Scott Yates briefly moved into a 3-way tie for the most wins of any coach in Colorado football history. And, it just might have been one of the best games of his career.
"Right now, it compares pretty great," Yate said. "There's been a huge number of great victories that we've had over time; you never know what you're going to get."
With his team down 8-0 and Eagle Valley driving down the field once again late in the second half, he probably didn't know that his Sun Devils would pull off the victory. They did.
Somehow, Kent Denver got its coach his 306th victory. That mark tied that of legendary coach Pat Panek and current West Grand Coach Chris Brown.
However, later Friday night, the West Grand Mustangs beat Sanford to give Brown the edge over Yates with his record-breaking 307th win.
Still, Yates' victory might have felt a little bit sweeter, because it was so unexpected.
Eagle Valley Quarterback Garret Martin was a problem for Kent Denver all day, finally putting the Devils on the board with a touchdown pass to Mathew Sanchez in the third quarter. After a two point conversion, it was 8-0 Eagle Valley.
Still leading and with possession of the ball later in the second half, Eagle Valley botched a snap that got scooped up by Kent Denver's Will Morland, Morland dashed all the way to the end zone and all of a sudden, it was just a two point game.
The Sun Devils' defense remained strong, giving their offense one last chance down 8-6 in the final minutes.
Kent Denver drove all the way down the field before Quarterback Joey Licht ran up the middle on 3rd and goal for the go-ahead touchdown with only a minute remaining.
Eagle Valley had one last chance, but that ended when Morland forced his second turnover with a pick-6 to seal the game and give his coach the monumental victory.
Yates will look to tie Brown's record of 307 coaching wins when Kent Denver visits Faith Christian next week.
On the other hand, Eagle Valley will look for its first win of the season when the Devils host Erie.
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