No. 1 Paonia opened defense of its third straight 1A state championship on the road last Friday night at No. 7 Monte Vista.
The Eagles won the game 21-7 behind Player of the Year Taylor Walters and a stingy effort from its young defense.
Walters ran for 119 yards on 25 carries and scored two touchdowns to lead the Eagles, who scored a touchdown in each of the first three quarters to pull ahead for good.
Senior Colby Simpson made his presence felt, kicking three extra points and scoring Paonia's third touchdown on a punt return.
The defense, featuring four new linemen up front, was stout in a shutout effort. Monte Vista's only score came from an interception returned for a touchdown.
Paonia has its home opener on Friday night against Ignacio. Game time is set for 7 p.m. at Paonia Town Park.
Delta Volunteer Fire Department (DVFD) will be holding its annual fireworks show at Confluence Park on Wednesday, July 4, having received approval from Delta City Council at the council's June 5 meeting.
The DVFD has 28 volunteers and expects to have eight to 10 firefighters from Cedaredge join them this year.