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Photo by Wayne Crick All heads turn to where the coin landed to see who has the option of receiving or kicking off prior to last week’s Homecoming game between Cedaredge and Aspen. Cedaredge got the ball first and scored on two straight possessions on its way to a 35-0 win.
Photo by Wayne Crick Cedaredge’s head football coach Brandon Milholland patrols the sideline during last Friday’s Homecoming game against Aspen’s Skiers. The Bruins played well and scored 21 points in the first quarter on their way to a 35-0 victory.

Cedaredge's homecoming festivities included a 35-0 football victory over the visiting Aspen Skiers last Friday night.

The Bruins scored three times in the first quarter and were never threatened in the game. A scoreless second quarter left Cedaredge ahead 21-0 at the half.

Two more touchdowns in the third stanza boosted the Bruins' lead to 35-0 and accounted for the game's final score.

A 44-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Jake Ostrom to senior wide receiver Kyler Anderson finished off a 65-yard scoring drive that took seven plays. A Brendon Klaseen kick was good for the extra point and a 7-0 Bruins' lead with 8:13 left to be played in the first quarter.

The Skiers failed to move the ball past their own 38-yard line with their first possession. After punting the ball away, Cedaredge took over at its own 30-yard line.

Christian Reynolds provided 23 yards in the 70-yard drive and carried the ball in from six yards out with 3:05 remaining in the opening period. The extra point kick made the score 14-0.

Aspen fumbled the ball on the second play of its next possession, giving the Bruins the ball back at Aspen's 15-yard line.

Senior Tyler Cooper picked up seven yards on the first play and was stopped at the line of scrimmage on his second straight carry. Ostrom handed the ball to Reynolds who scooted 8 yards to the end zone for six points. The PAT was good, and the Bruins were up 21-0 after one quarter of action.

Aspen got the ball to begin second-half play but lost the ball on downs after moving it to Cedaredge's 24.

Cedaredge's first possession after the half started with an Isaac Swoffer 50-yard scamper for what looked to be a Bruins' touchdown. Unfortunately, a chop block penalty brought the ball back to the Cedaredge 35-yard line.

Ostrom picked up 35 yards on a run, and Swoffer added 21 more to move the ball to Aspen's 13. Brandon O'Hern took an option pitch from Ostrom to cover the final 13 yards for Cedaredge's fourth touchdown of the game. With the PAT, Cedaredge held a 28-0 lead with 3:47 left in the third quarter.

Fortune befriended the Bruins on the ensuing kickoff when the Skiers fumbled the ball at their own 34-yard line where it was recovered by the Bruins.

A pass from Ostrom to O'Hern moved the ball from the 34 to Aspen's 6. From there, Swoffer ran the ball in for the game's final touchdown with 3:08 on the scoreboard clock. Klaseen's kick made it 35-0.

Cedaredge ran 82 plays and produced 20 first downs in the game.

Ostrom was 4-11 through the air with 103 yards and a touchdown. He also was intercepted once.

The leading ground-gainers for Cedaredge were Ostrom and Swoffer with 61 yards apiece on eight carries each. O'Hern finished with 55 yards and Reynolds had 52. Cedaredge rushed for 275 yards on 37 carries, and finished with 378 total yards.

Anderson topped the Bruins' receiving corps in yardage with 54 on two receptions.

Defensively, O'Hern led the Bruins in tackles with 12, while Reynolds and Swoffer were next in line with 11 and 10, respectively. Jake Ferlisi led Aspen's defense with 15 tackles. The Skiers finished with 36 yards through the air and another 117 on the ground with Ferlisi leading the way with 91 yards.

O'Hern had two sacks, with Drew Markley and Ethan Fritchman being credited with one each.

Cedaredge shares the league lead with Paonia as each team has won three games against no defeats. Maxpreps has Paonia as the number one team and Cedaredge is listed second.

The Bruins travel to Center on Friday, Sept. 25, to take on 1A Southern Peaks League leader Center, which has a 3-0 record as well. The Vikings have defeated Salida, Basalt and Lake County so far this season.

Center is ranked sixth by Maxpreps. A look at state rankings shows Buena Vista on top, with Paonia second, Center 11th and the Bruins 12th.

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