When Luke Maxey touches the football, Cedaredge High School football coach Craig Cerise knows there’s big-play potential.
Maxey put those skills on full display last Friday — passing for a touchdown, receiving a touchdown, housing a 70-yard punt return and notching a scoop-and-score — during the Bruins’ 39-8 victory over Olathe.
Maxey’s touchdowns served four ways was a big part of youth movement on display for the Bruins (2-4, 1-2 1A Western Slope League) against the Pirates (0-7, 0-4 WSL).
“The best way to describe (Maxey), he’s one of those kids where if he’s the one who picks up a fumble, you know there’s a good chance it’s going to be a touchdown,” Cerise said. “For him to be a sophomore and to be able to showcase his skills so early, that’s huge for us.”
Getting younger players more meaningful playing time was a focus in practice during the week leading up to the game against Olathe. Cerise said practices were focused on getting quarterback reps for Maxey — typically the backup for senior Ty Walck — as well as additional reps for other underclassmen at various positions.
That manifested in a sloppy third quarter, but it was otherwise smooth sailing for the Bruins.
“It was great for (younger players) to come out and win the way they did,” Cerise said. “It was good to have those freshmen and sophomores contributing.”
It was Walck who found Maxey for a 20-yard score to open the passing attack, and Walck added another 69 yards on the ground. Senior running back Lane Hunsberger also finished with 87 yards with one score on 18 carries.
Maxey’s touchdown pass was to fellow sophomore Logan Tullis on a 24-yard connection. Freshmen Ethan Toothaker and Wylee Lorimor saw action at running back.
Cedaredge travels to face Grand Valley on Friday with kickoff scheduled for 7 p.m. The Cardinals are something of a mystery to the Bruins, as Grand Valley played in the spring season last year with a new coach — longtime Cardinals basketball coach Scott Parker.
“I think it’s a game where if we come out and play well, it’s evenly matched,” Cerise said. “We have film of them playing Meeker and Florence, so we’re doing what we can with that to try and be prepared. We want to build off what we did this past week.”