Even though the 2013 football campaign did not live up to the expectations of the Cedaredge Bruins, they made huge strides in accepting the loss of fellow teammate Reid Gates early in the season.
A first-round game in Monte Vista ended Cedaredge's quest for a second-straight Class 1A state championship.
The Pirates rallied for a 20-7 win that eliminated the 2012 state champions.
The number five-ranked Pirates will have their hands full this next week when they travel to Paonia to tangle with the number four-ranked Eagles, a 34-6 winner over Colorado Springs Christian last weekend.
Monte Vista started the scoring in this game with a 20-yard rushing touchdown with about four minutes to go in the first quarter. With the extra point, the Pirates held a 7-0 lead.
The Bruins scored their lone touchdown with about 11 minutes left in the second quarter on an 8-yard scoring pass. The extra point was good, tying the game at seven-all.
Monte Vista came back with a possession later in the quarter to score on a 60-yard pass completion and held a 13-7 lead after a missed PAT. That would be the halftime score as teams headed to their locker rooms.
Following an exchange of possessions, the Pirates used a 1-yard plunge by Jacob Vance to go up 19-7. The extra point made the score 20-7 with nearly two minutes left in the period.
The two teams traded possessions the rest of the way with Monte Vista taking a 20-7 first round victory.
For the Bruins, senior Trent Walker finished the season as the fifth-rated passer in 1A with 103 completions in 193 attempts for 1218 yards and 10 touchdowns. He averaged 135 yards a game.
On the receiving end of Walker's passes, senior Kyle Ward was listed second in Class 1A receivers, with 50 receptions for 747 yards and five touchdowns. He was good for 14.94 yards per catch during the season.
Paonia will carry the WSL flag into the next round in Paonia against Monte Vista at 1 p.m.blog comments powered by Disqus