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Photo by Wayne Crick Hotchkiss quarterback Jace Peebles is hemmed in by a pack of Bruins on a keeper run last Friday night in Hotchkiss. Peebles and the Bulldogs were held scoreless in a 41-0 shutout in 1A WSL play.
Photo by Wayne Crick Cedaredge’s Dusty Emig finds plenty of empty space on this counter play and scoots 20 yards to the end zone for one of his two scores off the counter.

Bruins dominant in grid tilt

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A near-perfect night for football was executed well for the Cedarege Bruins but was not so favorable for host Hotchkiss High School.

The Bulldogs received the opening kickoff and were forced to punt the ball away after just three plays and four yards to their credit.

Cedaredge had a big return on the Jace Peebles punt and were ready to set up its first drive at Hotchkiss' 27-yard line. A holding penalty pushed the ball back to the 37. Four plays later the Bruins owned a 6-0 lead following senior Jared Reynold's nine-yard run with 7:28 left in the period. Brody Wagner's try for the extra point failed leaving the score at 6-0.

Another three-and-out by the Bulldogs set up Cedaredge's next drive from the Bruins' 46-yard line.

Cedaredge's Dusty Emig cashed in on the Bruins' good field position with a 20-yard counter play for another six points with 2:34 left in the opening quarter. Reynolds used a bootleg run to his left to get to the edge of Hotchkiss' defense and a two-point conversion and a 14-0 lead.

Hotchkiss' offense could not find any flaws in the Bruins' armor and punted the ball back to Cedaredge on a fourth-and eight situation.

Cedaredge began its next drive as the first period was winding down. The Bruins moved the ball from its own 20-yard line to their 41-yard line as the quarter ended.

On the second play of the second quarter Emig scored on another counter play from eight yards out to make the score 20-0 after Wagner missed the PAT.

Cedaredge got the ball back after three plays and began an 11-play drive which started on its own 47. Wade Barnard bulled over from two yards out for the Bruins and Wagner booted the extra point to make the halftime score 27-0.

The Bruins tacked on 14 more points in the second half, one each in the third and fourth quarters, and had a running clock in the latter stages of the game.

Cedaredge did most of its damage on the ground with play calling which set up a potent counter series which served Emig well.

The Bruins racked up 333 yards in the ground game with Emig's 76 yards on seven carries leading the way. Reynolds was next in line with 75 yards followed by Barnard (69) Joshua Jenkins (66) and Ryan Imhoff's 10 yards. Everyone, except Imhoff, scored a touchdown for the Bruins.

Peebles was Hotchkiss' leading ground-gainer with 62 yards on eight carries. Hunter Bryant and Jacob Palecki caught two passes for 32 yards each.

Sophomore Adam Smith led the Bulldogs in tackles with eight solo and 11 assists.

Reynolds and Jenkins paced Cedaredge's defensive tacklers with five stops each.

Hotchkiss coach Curtis Hintz has been nothing but positive the entire campaign so far this season for his very inexperienced and young Bulldogs. "The kids are in good spirits. We are young and battling some injuries. But, hats off to CHS ... their kids played hard and their staff had them ready to go."

Hotchkiss concludes its regular season schedule with a gridiron battle against 1A WSL leader Meeker, whose Cowboys stand alone atop the league with, a 4-0 and 5-2 slate, this Friday at 7 p.m. in Hotchkiss.

Cedaredge (2-2 and 3-5) also has a stout test this Friday with second place Paonia (3-1 and 5-3) visiting the Bruins for a 7 p.m. kickoff.

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