A formidable task was assigned to the Cedaredge football team last week. It was scheduled to face 1A WSL leader Meeker (in Meeker, 3-0 and 7-0). The Cowboys played true to their billing and came up with a 33-0 win.
Meeker had its problems with the Bruins' defense and could only muster 12 points in the first half.
A 14-point third quarter, however, built Meeker's lead to 26-0 and the final seven points came in the fourth quarter.
Meeker's defense was stingy to say the least. The Cowboys limited Cedaredge to 25 yards in the air and gave up just 48 yards on the ground for a total of 73 yards of offense.
Pedro Madaleno was four of nine in the passing department for 25 yards. Madaleno was intercepted twice in the game.
Ty Grant was Cedaredge's leading ground gainer with 29 yards on nine carries and AJ Robidoux had 11 yards on two carries.
Madaleno had two targets in the passing game. Grant snagged three passes for 14 yards and Blake Gash caught one pass for 11 yards.
Defensively, Josh Jenkins was a busy young man with 12 tackles for the Bruins. Baylee Piper had six tackles with Grant and Toby Waddell recording five tackles each.
Meeker quarterback Logan Hughes had 188 yards on eight completions in 13 attempts with an interception. The Cowboys' running game gained 190 yards on 39 carries with Doak Mantles' 100 yards (18 carries) leading the way. Mantle scored two of the Cowboys' touchdowns.
Trapper Merrifield collected 91 yards, and a touchdown, on two catches to lead the receiving corps for Meeker.
Meeker finished the game with 378 yards on offense.
Cedaredge has several athletes in the top 10 for statistics in the 1A WSL. Jared Reynolds is fourth in passing yards, even with a broken thumb and Madaleno is fifth. Drew Markley is sixth in receiving yards and Ty Grant is fourth in rushing yardage.
The Bruins, 0-3 and 2-5, will host Grand Valley, 0-3 and 2-5) in Cedaredge this Friday at 7 p.m.
Cedaredge's final regular season game is against Hotchkiss on Oct. 27.