On Oct. 5, the Cedaredge High School Bruins football squad played the Olathe High School Pirates in a league contest. Entering the game, the Bruins had a 2-2 record, while Olathe was 1-3. Olathe had faced teams with a combined 11-5 record and held victories over Cedaredge the last two seasons, guided by longtime coach, Ryan Corn.
Olathe’s style of play is traditionally to run the ball and by controlling the line of scrimmage, mixed with some passes to keep defenses honest. Couple that with Cedaredge head coach, Craig Cerise’s similar style and what transpires is a good, old-fashioned game of smashmouth football.
The Pirates scored two early touchdowns. Both PATs for the Pirates failed, resulting in a 12-0 score.
Unwilling to break, Cerise’s Bruins fought back. With running backs, David Lopez and Conner Brooks out with knee injuries, the Bruins had difficulty getting star running back Dusty Emig free to run. A decision was made by the Cedaredge coaches to change the game plan after stalled possessions. Cerise’s change to an air attack paid off.
Cedaredge’s quarterback, Jacob Brown was able to find sure-handed tight end Adrian Nieto for a quality gain, as well as a deep pass to wide receiver Colby Rupp. A few plays later, Brown found Nieto in the end zone for a touchdown. A failed conversion made the score 12-6.
Olathe scored another touchdown with about 41 seconds remaining in the half. Cedaredge’s AJ Robidoux took the ensuing kickoff back to midfield. Brown launched a 30-yard pass down the middle, which Emig was able to haul in. Not long after, Brown passed to Emig in the end zone for a 20-yard touchdown. Brody Wagner converted the kick to make the score 20-13 at halftime.
Cedaredge was held scoreless in the second half. Corn’s Pirate crew scored two more touchdowns while chewing up the clock. The final score was 32-13 in favor of the Pirates.
“We definitely lost the game in the trenches, on both sides of the ball,” Cerise said. “On offense, we missed some assignments like I haven’t seen prior to this game.”
Time of possession was a determining factor in the game, and it favored Olathe.
“We were behind and Olathe held the ball so long that we were a little pressed to score quickly. I thought our pass game was pretty good minus the two interceptions, but that happens,” Cerise continued. “Turnovers definitely hurt us because we didn’t get the ball back for so long.”
Although the Bruins were on the losing end, they were able to discover some aspects of their game to build on.
“I was really happy with the drive before half. Scoring with 40 some seconds was a huge accomplishment for us, and we now have that experience moving forward,” Cerise said.
The Cedaredge Bruins travel to Meeker on Oct. 11 to play the Meeker High School Cowboys. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.