The No. 2 seeded Columbine Rebels are heading to the state semifinals after a big win against the defending 5A football state champions the No. 7 seeded Pomona Panthers.
Despite an early strike by Pomona quarterback Riley Welsch on the ground, the Panthers struggled on offense. Three turnovers, two interceptions and a fumble, were the difference between the Rebels scoring 17 points or not.
Columbine led the Panthers 20-7 at halftime after a Justin Lohrenz touchdown through the air and two Adam Harrington rushes for scores on the ground.
In the second, again Pomona struck first on a throw from Welsch to Theorius Robison to pull within a score, 14-20.
However, a Columbine fumble recovery swung the momentum once again and the Rebels scored 21 unanswered points for the 41-14 victory over the Panthers.
Rebels' junior Adam Harrington would have three rushing touchdowns on the night to help lift the Rebels over the Panthers.
Columbine will face the No. 3 seeded Cherry Creek Bruins in the 5A semifinals.