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A perfect night for football provided the backdrop for last Friday night's 1A WSL prep football contest between the visiting Cedaredge Bruins and Olathe's Pirates.

Cedaredge kept pace with the second-place Pirates for much of the game with an early miscue changing momentum for the Bruins.

After receiving the opening kickoff, the Bruins picked up a quick first down from the legs of senior Craig Claunch on a 20-yard run to Cedaredge's 32. Two more runs by Claunch had the ball resting on the Bruins' 47. On first down, Briuin quarterback Pedron Madaleno threw a pass into the right flat where it was tipped and intercepted by Olathe's Teagan Harris and returned for a touchdown. After an Anthony Garcia PAT kick, the Pirates owned a 7-0 lead with 9:54 remaining in the first quarter.

Cedaredge's second possession was a 13-play drive that fizzled on Olathe's 12-yard line with the Bruins turning the ball over on downs when Ty Grant failed to pick up a first down after a four-yard gain.

The Pirates took over on their own eight-yard line and moved the ball to Olathe's 46 as the first quarter ended.

Harris and quarterback Dillon Nelson combined for the final 54 yards of the drive with Nelson's 10-yard run capping the drive. Garcia's kick made the score 14-0 with 9:40 left before halftime.

Cedaredge began its next possession on its own 35-yard line. Sophomore Joshua Jenkins toted the pigskin 17 yards to Olathe's 48 on the first play for a first down. Madaleno completed an eight-yard pass and then ran the ball three times setting up a first down at the Pirates' 33. Grant picked up three yards on the next running play setting up Madaleno's 30-yard scoring strike to Drew Markley. A Brody Wagner extra point kick cut Olathe's lead to 14-7 with 5:38 remaining in the opening half.

A Pirate 10-play drive began on Olathe's 20 and ended on the Bruins' 17-yard line after three straight holding penalties by Olathe. A field goal try by Garcia was blocked into the hands of Cedaredge's Bailee Piper, who returned the ball to the Pirates' 47.

Cedaredge had the ball at Olathe's 39 with seconds remaining in the half when Madaleno hit Markley on a crossing pattern that went the distance down the right sideline. An ineligible receiver, Markley, was called on the Bruins negating the touchdown.

The Bruins were unable to reach the end zone following the penalty and the half ended with Olathe leading 14-7.

Second half play was dominated by defense with each offense scoring just once in the second half for a final score of 21-14.

Cedaredge statistics indicated a total of 288 yards for the game. The Bruins were five of 10 in the passing department with freshman Jacob Brown completing one pass for 11 yards and Madaleno throwing nine times and completing four passes for 61 yards and a touchdown.

Senior Ty Grant scored Cedaredge's second touchdown in the second half (Wagner booted the extra point). The speedy running back carried the ball 11 times for 88 yards. Madaleno had 67 yards on 11 carries and Claunch finished the game with 44 yards on six carries. Jenkins had two carries for 17 yards to account for Cedaredge's rushing yardage.

Piper caught three passes for 31 yards and Claunch had one reception for 11 yards to go with Markley's TD reception of 30 yards.

Defensively, the Bruins got strong play from several players. Jenkins' eight tackles led the Bruins in that category with seven or more tackles coming from Toby Waddell (7), Markley (6), Grant (6) and Piper (6).

Photo by Wayne Crick Olathe defensive back EJ Ruiz breaks up a pass intended for the Bruins’ Ty Grant at the Pirates’ 10-yard line. Olathe held on for a 21-14 victory in 1A WSL action.
Photo by Wayne Crick The Bruins’ Drew Markley tackles Olathe quarterback Dillon Nelson after a short gain.
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