Friday night lights set the stage for an impressive victory by the Bulldogs over returning state tournament participants Clear Creek's Golddiggers.
Clear Creek just edged Hotchkiss for a state tournament berth in the 2017 season, so the Bulldogs' win meant all the more to the team and fans. "This win was a huge boost for our program and for the kids' confidence," said head coach Curtis Hintz.
In a back and forth contest that saw the teams trading blows throughout, Hotchkiss was able to win by a single point as the game ended 35-34 with the Bulldogs having to dig deep to find the mental strength to battle back from 13 points down in the third quarter.
Three times the Golddiggers missed on two-point conversions, while Hotchkiss' senior kicker Kayia Firor succeeded in converting all five of her PAT attempts.
The Bulldogs boast a strong rush game, and this contest certainly showcased that fact. Of the 512 total yards gained by the Dogs, 304 of them came on the legs of junior Jace Peebles, who also scored three touchdowns.
Hintz attributes a swing in the momentum of the game to an interception made by junior Will Scarlett, who picked off the pass and made a long run to nearly the 50-yard line. This galvanized the Bulldogs, and they went on to score two unanswered touchdowns to close out the game in strong fashion and secure the win.