BOULDER, Colo. — For the 13th-consecutive time in the bitter rivalry, Fairview topped Boulder High School 42-21 at Christian Recht Field to kickoff the 2021 football season.
Fairview was led by a true freshman quarterback, newly 15-year-old Bekkem Kritza, who threw a touchdown to Jordan Rechel on his first drive as a varsity signal caller.
Kritza led his Knights to four scoring drives in the first half alone, throwing for another touchdown in the second quarter to Grant Page.
Page, a Nebraska commit, got his second touchdown of the night on a wildcat call. He took the direct snap right up the middle for a rushing touchdown.
Boulder came roaring back in the second half, with a 65-yard touchdown connection from Tristan Langenegger to Luke Zana to make it 28-21.
The Panthers' running back Declan Culberson tacked on 86 yards and two scores.
But the Knights defense forced six turnovers, ultimately stopping a game-tying drive from Boulder.
Fairview put the nail in the coffin in the fourth quarter, when Cole Nesmith broke free for a 40-yard touchdown rush, to make it 35-21, before lightning delayed the game for 30 minutes.
After the delay, Kritza connected with Rechel for his second touchdown of the night to make it 42-21, the eventual final.
Boulder switches sides to the home team next week, when the Panthers host Rocky Mountain, while Fairview takes its 1-0 record on the road to Castle View.
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