The Hotchkiss Bulldogs opened the conference season Friday night with a disappointing 36-7 loss at Meeker.
The reigning league champion Cowboys put all of their points on the board in the first half.
The Bulldogs rushed for 236 yards. Colton Peebles rushed for 183 yards and in the third period scored on a 73-yard TD run.
The loss gives Hotchkiss a 2-2 overall record. The Bulldogs host rival Paonia this Friday. Kick-off is at 7 p.m. Dubbed the North Fork Bowl, in the past 17 games, Paonia has won nine.
On Tuesday, Sept. 11, the Delta County Board of Commissioners called a special meeting to consider the board's response to the Bureau of Land Management's preliminary Environmental Assessment (EA) concerning the lease parcels proposed for the December BLM sale.
Several people from the North Fork were present to provide input.