Aspen's aerial assault overwhelms Bruins
By Randy Sunderland
Published Thursday, September 14, 2017 11:15 am
Photo by McKenzie Moore Senior Pedro Madeleno found the edge for positive yardage against a tough Aspen defense.
The Cedaredge Bruins are still looking for their offensive mojo two weeks into the season. On Friday, Sept. 8, the Bruins suffered their second loss of the season, falling 40-0 to Aspen in a non-conference game.
It was a festive crowd on hand for the Bruins' home opener and for one quarter it was an evenly matched game. Each team tested and probed, each had a drive stalled by a turnover.
After a scoreless first quarter, the Skiers found their offensive rhythm as senior quarterback RJ Peshek began to stymie the Bruin defense. With a strong, accurate arm, Peshek put on quite a show, completing 20 of 29 passes for 286 yards and four touchdowns. When he wasn't dropping back to pass, the Aspen quarterback hurt the Bruins on the ground, running 11 times for 85 yards and two more touchdowns.
For the Bruins, the offense was never able to get on track. After Aspen moved ahead by a couple of scores, its defense grew more aggressive, giving Bruin quarterback Jared Reynolds little time in the pocket to find an open receiver. He completed four of 12 passes for a total of 34 yards. Pedro Madaleno was on the receiving end twice for 15 yards, and Ty Grant and Baylee Piper each caught one pass.
With the Bruin air attack shut down, the Aspen defense was able to concentrate on stopping the run. The Bruins were held to 55 total yards. Senior Ty Grant was the workhorse for the Bruins, carrying the ball 14 times for 33 yards, including a 24-yarder that brought the Bruin fans to their feet.
Pedro Madaleno carried the ball three times for six yards, as did Wade Barnard. Craig Claunch had two carries for two yards, and AJ Robidoux gained three yards the one time he carried the ball. Quarterback Reynolds scrambled four times for a total of five yards.
The Bruin defense started the game strong, keeping Aspen in check throughout the first quarter. Joshua Jenkins had a key interception to stop an Aspen drive but the Bruins were not able to capitalize.
Unfortunately, as the game progressed the Bruin defense was worn down and Aspen was able to rack up the yards and points.
Sophomore Joshua Jenkins and senior Baylee Piper were the leading tacklers, with seven each. Jared Reynolds had four; Ty Grant and Wade Barnard each had three. Sixteen different Bruins were credited with tackles.
Cedaredge looks to turn things around this week when it hosts Vail Christian for Homecoming. The Saints are 1-1 on the season. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.