There isn’t an ounce of selfishness in Ty Walck’s body.

That’s how Cedaredge football coach Craig Cerise classified his senior quarterback-turned-running-back following a 34-0 win over Roaring Fork last Friday.

Walck returned to the lineup after injury, but he did so at a different position. The Bruins’ quarterback for the first six-and-a-half games ceded to sophomore Luke Maxey, but made his impact felt at running back.

Walck was the team’s leading rusher with 66 yards on 17 carries, anchoring the offense in the final game of the season.

Cerise said he discussed the change with both Walck and fellow senior running back Lane Hunsberger, both of whom were on board.

“We had been talking about Ty coming back as a running back and maybe having Lane play some wide receiver,” Cerise said. “Lane was very much ‘I’ll do whatever you want, coach,’ and with Ty, he didn’t bat an eye about doing it. There’s no selfishness in him about playing running back instead of quarterback. He’s very much about whatever is best for the team.”

Walck and Hunsberger alternated possessions and Cerise noticed the seniors reminding each other whose turn it was to take the field, calling it “unselfishness at its best.”

Hunsberger turned in 62 yards rushing and one touchdown on 15 carries. He also pulled in one reception.

Meanwhile, Maxey completed 10 of 21 passes for 147 yards and two touchdowns. Freshman Brady Cooper pulled in both scores, leading a trio of receivers with three catches apiece. Logan Tullis had a team-high 67 yards while Jackson Cooper tallied 32 yards.

On defense, seniors made their impact felt up front. Hunsberger and Hunter Kissner both had sacks, and Marshall Myers fell on a fumble forced by Hunsberger.

Cerise echoed his praise for Hunsberger, who he said limited the rushing impact of Roaring Fork quarterback Max Bollock. He added that Kissner and Myers have been leaders for the Bruins’ offensive and defensive lines during the season.

“The last two or three weeks especially, Hunter Kissner is somebody who I’ve been really impressed with,” the coach said. “We’ve had linemen going in and out of the lineup and him and Marshall have been the stability and leaders for that line group.”

The big day also included excellent secondary play. Brady Cooper and Maxey had two interceptions each, with Brady Cooper returning one for a touchdown.

The big games from freshmen and sophomores highlighted the bright future Cerise hopes the Bruins have. Although Cedaredge wasn’t among the three playoff teams representing the 1A Western Slope League, the Bruins have large freshmen and sophomore classes. That’s necessary to compete in a league in which three teams — Cedaredge included — have either won or appeared in state championship games over the past decade.

“I think these young guys are excited about the future,” the coach said. “Not that our older guys aren’t excited, we just have so many more of these younger guys. We have five seniors, while we have 15 to 20 freshmen and 15 sophomores. We just have more of them and I think that’s an indication of how much those groups like football. Having those numbers, we’re more likely to get some of them here in the offseason to commit and do what it takes to compete with some of these top teams.”

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