A quick start helped Cedaredge High School get by a scrappy Vail Christian football team at last Friday night's Homecoming game in Cedaredge.
A brisk evening greeted a full house of Bruins' fans for the opening kickoff. Vail Christian won the coin toss and elected to receive the ball to start the game.
The Saints' first possession began at their own 36-yard line with the offense moving to Cedaredge's 45. After a six-play drive the Saints lost the ball on downs at the Bruins' 47.
Quarterback Jared Reynolds ran two consecutive times for 11 yards and a first down. Reynolds added another three yards on a third run and then handed off to speedy Ty Grant who toted the ball 24 yards to Vail Christain's 19-yard line and a first down.
Grant picked up five more yards on his second carry of the night and then finished the seven-play drive with a 14-yard burst to the end zone for his first score of the evening. A Reynolds' three-yard toss to Pedro Madaleno for the two-point conversion made the score 8-0 with 5:40 left in the first quarter.
Two incomplete passes and two runs for Saints' quarterback Tom Engleby for no gain was Vail Christian's offensive effort on its next possession.
Cedaredge's next possession began on the Saints' 40-yard line. A holding penalty on a running play that gained big yards brought the ball back to the 45. Reynolds handed the ball to Grant on the next play and the talented senior scooted 45 yards for his second touchdown of the game. This time the two-point conversion attempt was no good and the Bruins led 14-0 with 4:19 remaining in the first quarter.
Neither teams' offense scored again in the first period.
Vail Christian ran two plays to begin the second quarter and punted on the third to give the Bruins their next possession beginning at Cedaredge's 35-yard line.
With Grant carrying most of the running chores for the Bruins, Cedaredge used a roughing-the-passer penalty to move the ball to the three-yard line. From there it was Grant for his third touchdown of the game. Brody Wagner kicked the extra point giving Cedaredge a 21-0 lead with 6:06 left in the first half play.
Vail Christian used the long pass to score its first touchdown of the game on its next possession. Engleby lofted a pass down the left sideline to Joseph Emmer who raced 69 yards to the end zone for six points. The extra-point try failed leaving the Bruins ahead 21-6 going to half time.
A 55-yard punt return by Grant was called back in the third quarter after a block in the back by a Bruin player was detected. Cedaredge went three and out following the penalty.
Cedaredge picked up one more score in the fourth quarter. A 21-yard run from Grant moved the ball to Vail Christian's 29 on a third and four play. The final 28 yards came on a Reynolds to Drew Markley pass with 8:26 left in the game. Kacey Tsosie booted the extra point giving the Bruins 28 points.
Vail Christian also picked up its final score of the game two possessions later. Running back Jake Nowicki collected an Engleby pass and outran the Bruins' defense for a 38-yard scoring jaunt with 4:37 left in the game. A two-point conversion attempt failed giving the Bruins a 28-12 win.
Cedaredge's Grant led all rushers in the game with 223 yards on 28 carries. Reynolds finished with 64 yards on 13 carries and Madaleno ran the ball 11 times for 40 yards.
Markley had two receptions for 34 yards and a touchdown for the Bruins and Madaleno had two catches for 11 yards.
The Bruins finished the game with 372 yards of total offense.
Cedaredge's defense was led by Craig Claunch's seven tackles with Baylee Piper and Toby Waddell following with five and four tackles apiece. AJ Robidoux, Austin Crawford and Dylon Gartman had three tackles each.
Crawford and Taj VanderLinde were credited with two sacks each.
Cedaredge coach Brandon Milholland was asked about a quick start and the lack of offense in the second half. "I know one thing....Vail Christian never quit. They kept coming at us. We lack that killer instinct and penalties hurt us as well."
The Bruins are in Gunnison this week with kickoff scheduled for 7 p.m.