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Bruins earn 1A state football playoff berth

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Photo by Randy Sunderland Cedaredge senior running back Isaac Swoffer stretches out for a touchdown, one of four he scored in the Bruins' 43-6 win over Hotchkiss last Friday night. Swoffer had his best performance of the year, rushing for 174 yards on 17

Last Friday night's meeting between Cedaredge and Hotchkiss High Schools on the gridiron ended with a 43-6 win for the visiting Bruins.

Hotchkiss had the advantage passing with a 64-22 yard edge but Cedaredge was superior on the ground with 335 yards to just 87 for the Bulldogs.

Cedaredge's run-offense accounted for six touchdowns in the game and Hotchkiss scored its lone touchdown on a Colton DeLuzio 15-yard pass to Kale Litzelman in the second quarter. A 2-point conversion failed and the Bulldogs found themselves trailing 22-6 at halftime.

The Bruins scored three more times in the third quarter to end scoring with a 43-6 advantage.

Cedaredge's Isaac Swoffer was the game's leading rusher with 174 yards on 17 carries and finished the game with 24 points on four touchdowns.

Ty Grant and Jared Reynolds scored one touchdown each in the big WSL win for the Bruins.

Chris Lindley and Brandon O'Hern added a 2-point conversion each and Brendon Klaseen finished the game with three extra point kicks to account for the scoring numbers for Cedaredge.

With the win, Cedaredge moves to 3-2 in league play and 7-2 overall. The Bulldogs end their season with an 0-5 league mark and 3-6 overall.

Hotchkiss head coach Curtis Hintz, working as the head mentor for the first time, assessed the season for his squad. "It was a tough year. The boys competed well and battled each Friday. A couple of close losses going the other way for us and we are right in the playoff mix. I thank the seniors for their hard work and dedication to Hotchkiss football."

1A State Football

The Bruins, along with Meeker (5-0, 9-0), Paonia (4-1, 8-1) and Grand Valley (2-3, 5-4) all have berths in the first round of the 2016 state high school football playoffs.

Meeker was given the top seed and will play host to No. 16 Ellicott (2-2, 5-4) in Meeker this weekend.

Paonia, the No. 3 seed, will entertain No. 14 Buena Vista (4-1, 6-3) Friday, Nov. 4, at 7 p.m. at Paonia Town Park; No. 10 Cedaredge travels to play No. 7 Crowley County (4-0, 7-1) at 1 p.m. Saturday; and No. 15 Grand Valley is at No. 2 Strasburg (5-0, 9-0) this week as well. Monte Vista and Platte Canyon's game is set for 1 p.m. on Nov. 11 in Monte Vista. Dates and times for the other games will be determined as hosting schools make arrangements.

The other matchups in this year's 1A state football playoffs include No. 4 Bennett (5-0, 8-1) hosting No. 13 Highland (4-1, 6-3), No. 5 Peyton (5-0, 9-0) hosting No. 12 Limon (3-2, 6-3) and No. 6 Burlington (5-0, 7-2) hosting No. 11 Center (4-1, 6-3).

Photo by Randy Sunderland Hotchkiss receiver Kale Litzelman worked past Cedaredge defender Isaac Swoffer to score for the Bulldogs in the closing moments of the first half on a 15-yard pass from Colton DeLuzio.
Photo by Randy Sunderland Cedaredge receiver Chris Lindley won his battle against Hotchkiss’ Colton DeLuzio to score the two-point conversion after the Bruins’ second touchdown of the night.
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