Cedaredge's Bruins played a steady game with some ups and downs along their way to a 23-10 opening night prep football victory over Monte Vista's Pirates.
The Bruins, in front of a home crowd, started the evening off right with the opening kick off. Senior Ty Grant took the game's first kick of the night near the seven-yard line and proceeded to weave his way to the end zone for six quick points. Brendan Klaseen booted the extra point giving Cedaredge a 7-0 lead with 11:47 left in the period.
Neither offense was able to mount another scoring threat in the opening quarter.
On Cedaredge's second possession in the second quarter the Bruins used just three plays to move the ball 57 yards for a score. Junior Isaac Swoffer carried the ball for 20 yards on the first play of the drive to the Pirates' 37-yard line. A 35-yard pass completion from Madaleno to senior Christian Reynolds was good down to the two and from there it was Madaleno's show from the two. Klaseen missed the extra point kick to leave the Bruins ahead 13-0 with 4:04 left in the first half.
Monte Vista wasn't finished however. The Pirates took the kick from Klaseen and mixed passes with runs to move the ball from its own 35 to the Bruins' 15 setting up a 32-yard field goal to cut into Cedaredge's lead, 13-3.
Monte Vista's opening drive of the second half was shortened by a Reynolds interception to give the Bruins their first possession of the half at the Pirates' 21. Three plays later, Jacob Chavez swiped a Madaleno aerial and rumbled 75 yards to paydirt with 10:02 left in the period. With the PAT kick Cedaredge's lead was sliced to 13-10.
Cedaredge began its third possession of the period at the Pirates' 23-yard line. Madaleno carried the ball five times for 22 yards and Swoffer collected another 20 yards on two carries as the Bruins made their way to the end zone.
A Brandon O'Hern carry was good for eight yards to the 27 and Madaleno made good on his second touchdown run of 27 yards. Klaseen's kick was good and the Bruins owned a 20-10 lead with 3:14 left in the third quarter.
Monte Vista's final possession of the third frame ended with a loss on downs after seven plays.
Cedaredge began its final scoring drive with two plays late in the third quarter.
The Bruins kept the drive alive after recovering a fumble and Klaseen got his shot at a 34-yard field goal from the Pirates' 12. Klaseen's kick culminated an eight play, 54 yard drive with 8:43 left in the game.
Monte Vista ran out of time on its final drive and lost the ball on downs to end the game at 23-10.
Unofficially, Madaleno was Cedaredge's leading ground gainer with 94 yards on 17 carries. Swoffer finished with 83 yards on 15 rushes and Brandon O'Hern rushed for 35 yards on three carries.
Stats for the passing game for Cedaredge included three for eight and 54 yards and one interception. Reynolds had two catches for 48 yards to lead the way and O'Hern caught one pass for six yards.
Monte Vista's touted Keshaun Duran played a variety of positions for the Pirates and finished the game with 16 carries and 60 yards of offense.
When asked about his start at quarterback for the Bruins, Madaleno responded with, "I was nervous at first until I got hit. After that I felt at home."
Coach Brandon Milholland also commented on how well his quarterback played. "He ran well today. It has been fun to watch him grow from year to year."
The bright spot for the game was the play of both sides of the line. "That was fun. We blitzed all the time. I want to give all the credit to the line coaches. Both sides took over in the second half."
A slow start offensively in the second half needed a change. Senior Tre' LaBossiere, after a series of plays, told Milholland the Pirates knew the plays and were waiting for them at the holes. Milholland simply told his team to huddle and the rest was easy.
LaBossiere led Cedaredge's defense with 10 tackles with Swoffer next with seven stops.
Swoffer and Zach Anderson had eight yard sacks for the Bruins in the game.
Cedaredge is on the road to Aspen this week where the Bruins face the Skiers on Sept. 9 at 7 p.m.