The Cedaredge High School Bruins football squad played the Salida High School Spartans in Salida on Sept. 27. Cedaredge was victorious over the Spartans by a 61-24 margin. Despite the point differential, the Spartans didn’t go down without a fight. They made it a tough contest for the majority of the game.
Cedaredge’s senior running back, Dusty Emig, had a stellar night, as he accounted for five touchdowns. Emig returned the opening kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown. He also scored on runs of 64, 63, 11, and 9 yards. If Emig’s stats are deemed official, according to the chsaanow.com record books, his 470 all-purpose yards (329 rush, 112 kick return, and 29 interception return) on the night place him at No. 7 All-Time in Colorado High School football history for a single game.
Cedaredge running backs David Lopez, Lane Hunsberger and Justin Henley also scored touchdowns. With quarterback Jacob Brown running the offense (4 of 4 passing) and solid running from Emig, Lopez, Conner Brooks, Ty Walck and others, Cedaredge got back into the win column. The Bruins accumulated 485 yards on the ground on the night.
A cohesive Cedaredge offensive line was determined to open holes. Veterans Derek Sanchez and Brody Wagner anchored the line. Hunter Kissner, Marshall Meyers, Kaleb Berardi and Cris Alejandre join them in making a strong unit. Junior Adrian Nieto did an excellent job of blocking as tight end, as well.
Cedaredge head coach, Craig Cerise, pointed out the keys to the victory.
“Our offensive line got after Salida’s defensive line and created movement,” Cerise said. “We also needed our backs to run hard. We keep adding to how physical we are. The passing game was efficient but not really needed because we did so well running the ball.”
The Bruins were also successful on several two-point conversions in the contest. Knowing the victory was at hand, Cedaredge put its reserves in. Youngsters Kole Hawkins, Caden Unsell, Jacob Anderson and Matt Sommers received playing time on the offensive line and cleared the way for a late touchdown.
The Spartans did capitalize on several Bruin turnovers and were able to put points on the board with nice plays. Cerise expressed that his team still has much to work on.
“We had some bad penalties, fumbles and a blocked punt that put our defense in tough spots,” continued Cerise. “There’s still plenty to work on.”
Cedaredge moves on to league competition after going 2-2 vs non-league teams. The Bruins take on the Olathe High School Pirates on Friday, Oct. 4, in Olathe. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.