Sanchez’s big game spoiled in Warriors’ loss to Demons
Keresey's passing TDs help Durango win third game
Taylor Sanchez’s 182 rushing yards and two touchdowns weren’t enough Friday for Central High School’s football team, which came up short in a 23-14 Southwestern Conference loss at Durango.
Sanchez, who was cleared to play this week after being held out of the second half of last week’s game against Grand Junction with concussion symptoms, brought the Warriors back from a 16-7 halftime deficit.
He led the Warriors (1-6, 0-3 SWC) on a 12-play, 65-yard drive to open the second half, scoring on a 10-yard run to cut Durango’s lead to 16-14.
Joe Keresey, though, responded with a 14-yard touchdown pass to Lane Joseph with just more than two minutes to play in the third quarter, capping a 10-play, 60-yard drive.
Sanchez gave Central a 7-6 lead with a 3-yard touchdown early in the second quarter. The touchdown wrapped up a 69-yard drive that took 13 plays, taking more than 41⁄2 minutes off the clock. Jake Sebesta’s point-after kick gave Central its only lead of the game.
Keresey, though, hit Easton Garcia with an 82-yard touchdown and the Demons added a 30-yard field goal before halftime.
Keresey completed 6 of 13 passes for 120 yards and two touchdowns. Dakota Sutherlin rushed for 145 yards and one touchdown for Durango (3-4, 1-1).
Sutherlin scored the first touchdown for the Demons on a 7-yard run, but Curtis Eggleston’s point-after kick was no good.
Sanchez completed 7 of 19 passes for 96 yards and accounted for 278 of Central’s 314 yards of total offense.
Fruita Monument’s Teddi Larson had 13 kills and Eiley Durham seven to lead the Wildcats to a 25-17, 25-23, 25-15 win over Montezuma-Cortez.
Danae Ungaro had 17 assists and Ashley Martin had four blocks for Fruita (12-5, 5-3 Southwestern League), which plays at league leader Durango today.
The Demons (13-6, 7-0) swept Grand Junction 25-8, 25-15, 25-22 behind 10 kills from Mckenna Franzen. Grand Junction (8-9, 2-6) plays at Cortez today.
Grand Junction played Durango to a scoreless tie in double overtime in Durango.
Sophomore goalie Hill Bonin turned away nine shots by Durango (8-3-2, 5-1-2) to lead the Tigers (1-8-3, 1-6-1 SWL), who play at Cortez today. The Tigers’ only win this season came against the Panthers in a 13-0 rout.
Fruita Monument scored six goals in the first half on its way to an 8-0 rout of Cortez. Peter Martinez scored three goals for the Wildcats (7-6, 6-2), Noah Nelson and Avery Kuper two each and Matt Emerson one. Fruita plays today at Durango.