Competing as foes on a football field for only the third time in history, the Cedaredge Bruins football team was defeated by the Buena Vista Demons 27-6 Sept. 13, putting a damper on the Cedaredge homecoming festivities.
Cedaredge was unsuccessful on its first three possessions against the No. 9 CHSAA-ranked Demons. After punting on its second possession, Cedaredge couldn’t keep the Demons out of the end zone. A touchdown run and extra point kick put Buena Vista on the board. The first quarter ended with the visitors leading, 7-0.
Early in the second quarter, the Demons struck again on a long touchdown run. The kick was no good, leaving the score at 13-0.
Cedaredge responded well. Bruin quarterback Jacob Brown completed a pass to running back Dusty Emig. Emig followed that with a solid 8-yard carry. Momentum was building for Cedaredge. Brown completed another pass, this time to wide receiver Sterling Brown for another 12 yards. A few plays later, Emig toted the rock even closer to pay dirt. A false start by the Bruins moved the ball back, creating a little more drama for onlookers. Regardless of the penalty, Cedaredge was determined to put points on the board.
With 5:33 on the clock, the Bruins’ coaching staff called a play that resulted with tight end junior Adrian Nieto being wide open in the end zone. Jacob Brown found Nieto for the touchdown. Watching the ball all the way in, Nieto grasped it to secure the score for Cedaredge. The kick failed, making the score 13-6. The half ended with both teams exchanging long, downfield pass interceptions. Cedaredge’s Colby Rupp hauled in an interception of his own.
In the third quarter, Cedaredge’s defense was playing well coming up with a fumble recovery to get the ball back. However, a stout Buena Vista defense held, forcing a Bruins’ punt. The Demons eventually scored on a touchdown pass and extra point kick to extend their lead to 20-6.
Although Cedaredge had several more possessions, the team was unable to score again. Buena Vista tacked on another late touchdown and kick to end the game 27-6.
“I thought we came out really flat, so we have to work on keeping the energy up and getting off to a faster start, especially on offense,” Cedaredge head coach Craig Cerise said. “We also didn’t tackle well at times, but part of that had to do with them having some pretty good running backs.”
Cedaredge rushed for 138 yards on the night with Emig’s 76 yards pacing the team. Lopez picked up 28 yards of his own. At quarterback, Brown doubled his completions from last week, with eight against the Demons. Defensively, Cedaredge recorded 57 tackles and forced multiple turnovers.
The Bruins never quit, showing heart throughout the contest.
“It was a really physical game, and I thought our kids did a good job of matching their physicality,” Cerise said. “We kept battling, and I was happy we never fumbled throughout the game.”
The Bruins will look to bounce back when they host the Aspen Skiers on Friday, Sept. 20. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. Cedaredge has won three of the last five games against the Skiers.
“Aspen has been a tough opponent over the past two years,” stated Cerise. “They’re coming in at 0-2. They’ll be desperate for a win, so we have to be prepared for that. We can’t come out flat this week.”