Bruins advance with 24-7 win at Ordway

By Wayne Crick

Bruins advance with 24-7 win at Ordway | Football, CHS

Photo by Lois Jump Wade Barnard, #8, made a great catch in front of the Charger home crowd and ran the ball toward the endzone. Cedaredge fans were thrilled thinking Barnard had scored, but the officials ruled him down just shy of the goal line. A few pla

Cedaredge, Meeker and Paonia all move on in Class 1A state football championships. The No. 10 Bruins (8-2) defeated No. 7 Crowley County's Chargers (7-2), 24-7, last Saturday in Ordway in the first round play. No. 1 Meeker mowed down Ellicott (5-5) 43-6 and No. 3 Paonia (9-1) exacted revenge on Buena Vista (6-4) with a resounding 51-6 decision.

Cedaredge will host the No. 2 Class 2A team Strasburg (10-0) this Saturday at 1 p.m. and Meeker will face No. 9 Platte Canyon (9-1). Paonia plays host to No. 6 Burlington (8-2) this Saturday at 1 p.m.

Grand Valley (5-5), the fourth 1A WSL team, lost its bid to advance deeper into the playoffs with a 54-0 loss to Strasburg.

In Ordway, the Bruins collected 175 yards of offense through the air on sophomore Jared Reynolds' seven of nine passing and one touchdown. Senior Chris Lindley had one catch for 47 yards and a touchdown.

Junior Drew Markley had the most yards on two catches and 55 yards with sophomore Wade Barnard having 50 yards on one reception, O'Hern had 20 yards on one catch and Isaac Swoffer had three yards on two receptions.

Swoffer was the Bruins' leading rusher with 78 yards on 18 carries and a touchdown. O'Hern's six rushes for 11 yards included a touchdown and junior Pedro Madaleno rushed for 31 yards on nine carries while Jared Reynolds had a negative 29 yards on six carries. Ty Grant ran the ball once for one yard making the final number of positive yards 92 on 40 carries.

Combined with the 175 yards of offense through the air, the Bruins produced 267 yards for the game.

Cedaredge was active on defense with 60 tackles. Leading the charge was Christian Reynolds' 10 tackles followed by O'Hern (8), Tre' Labossiere (7) and Lindley and Swoffer's six tackles each.

Madaleno, O'Hern, Swoffer and Christian Reynolds had sacks accounting for 42 lost yards for the Chargers. Madaleno had two sacks for eight yards and O'Hern got to the quarterback three times for a loss of 16 yards.

Brendon Klaseen finished the game with PAT kicks after each of the three touchdowns scored and also booted a 37-yard field goal.