The final score, 25-0, didn't reflect the true pulse of the game. A slow start, mixed with miscues on both sides of the ball, didn't deter Cedaredge's Bruins from claiming a 1A WSL victory over Olathe's Pirates last Friday night in Cedaredge.
The Bruins scored four touchdowns but couldn't convert on three of their extra point tries. Brendon Klaseen managed to boot one of three attempts in point-after tries for the game's final score, 25-0.
Cedaredge rushed the ball 37 times for 220 yards and three touchdowns.
Seniors Brandon O'Hern and Christian Reynolds accounted for two of those scores and sophomore Jared Reynolds scored the third rushing touchdown.
O'Hern's 89 yards on nine carries paced Cedaredge's ground game while teammates Pedro Madaleno was good for 64 yards on seven carries and Swoffer carried the ball 11 times for just 46 yards.
The Bruins' aerial attack was two-pronged this week with sophomore Jared Reynolds completing the most passes (four) in his five attempts for 33 yards. Madaleno, Cedaredge's starting quarterback, hooked up with receivers on three of five passes for 48 yards and one touchdown. Combined, the two throwers were seven of 10 for 81 yards in the game.
Christian Reynolds caught five passes for 65 yards. Chris Lindley had 12 yards on one reception and Drew Markley caught a TD pass which covered four yards.
Cedaredge finished the game with 301 yards of total offense (318 total if Ty Grant's 17 yards on a kickoff return is added in).
Defensively, senior Tre' Labossiere's 10 solo tackles reflect his dominant presence on the field. Close behind Labossiere was Swoffer's eight stops and Colter Wagner's seven. Chris Lindley finished with six tackles for the winners and Madaleno recovered a loose ball to complete defensive stats for the game.
The Bruins will have their hands full this Friday when Meeker's Cowboys come to town for a 7 p.m. contest.
Meeker and Paonia are atop 1A WSL standings with identical 2-0 league records and 6-0 marks overall. The Bruins, 1-1 and 5-1, are holding in third place and hope to spoil the Cowboy's thoughts of winning this weekend's game.