Briefs: Local Prep Roundup October 04, 2008

Wildcats win on road at Durango

It wasn’t an easy win, but Fruita Monument High School football team got it done.

The Wildcats traveled to Durango and defeated the Demons 34-15.

“They are a team that is trying to get their first win so it is a pretty tough to win,” Fruita coach Bill Moore said. “They are
wanting to get a win and they were determined.”

It was a low scoring first half as the Demons went into halftime leading 9-7 off a Jordan Gillen first quarter touchdown run and a 36-yard field goal that put the Demons up at half.

Brett Nankervis scored the Wildcats’ lone first half touchdown on a 1-yard run.

Fruita discovered its offensive and defensive firepower in the locker room and came out of halftime motivated.

“Our defense shut them down and we got a couple of turnovers that we turned into scores,” Moore said. “That turned the game around.”

Nankervis’ later connected with Robert Emerson for a 11-yard touchdown to put Fruita 20-9.

Fullback Sean Hillman put the game out of reach with a 6-yard run that pushed the Wildcats lead to 27-9. Halfback Mike Campbell added the final score on a 4-yard run.

“We had to drive the ball but when you get turnovers that allows the offense to get momentum,” Moore said. “Both the offense and defense turned it up.”

Durango’s final score came off a 85-yard kickoff return by Gus Barnes.

Fruita returns home next week to face Douglas County.

• In Class 3A action, Montezuma-Cortez defeated Battle Mountain 27-13. The Huskies dropped to 0-6 on the year. Eagle Valley got its first win of the season by defeating Moffat County 44-21 at home. Steamboat Springs bounced back from its loss to Palisade last week by taking down Rifle 32-7.

• In 2A, Grand Valley handed Aspen its first loss, defeating the Skiers 33-20 at home. Olathe defeated Cedaredge 59-20. Coal Ridge improved to 4-2, defeating Gunnison 21-0 and Roaring Fork took care of Basalt 17-8.

• In 1A play, Paonia defeated Meeker 24-8 on the road. The Eagles were led by a big third quarter in which they shut out the Cowboys 14-0 on two big runs by Jordan Van Vleet from 42-yards out and Josh Burns from 75 -yards.

Paonia’s Lucas Wiggins gave the Eagles a 10-8 halftime lead with a 31-yard field goal.
Hayden won big over Rangely, 47-7


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