Briefs: Prep Football Sept. 12, 2009

Central shuts out Horizon

• THORNTON — Central’s trip to the Front Range proved to be just the remedy the Warriors needed. After being tripped last week by Grandview, Central had a relaxing ride home after Friday night’s 35-0 victory against Horizon at Five Star Stadium.

Quarterback Holden Reed and defensive back Mike Ruble proved to be sparkplugs as Central evened its early season record at 1-1. Reed rushed for 80 yards and passed for 88 more, which included a pair of touchdowns to Scott Clow and Vandon Sanchez. Not to take anything away from the ground game, Josh Buniger rushed for an additional 132 yards.

Central coach Vern McGee was pleased with how his players bounced back.

“It certainly went a lot better than last week,” McGee said. “We knew Grandview was a fine team and we thought we would be better than we showed. But the big improvement tonight was the offensive line and we had time to work the ball. We came up with four turnovers, Alex Ruble got a pick for the final touchdown, it was just a great night and we enjoyed it.”

Even though Central’s offense was able to move the ball at will, the Warriors couldn’t come up with a score in the first quarter. They had their first chance to put points on the board with 2:44 left in the opening quarter, but a 39-yard field goal attempt by Jeff Krizman came up short.

However, Ruble picked off the first of his two interceptions against Horizon sophomore quarterback Brent Albrandt on the play after the missed kick to set up Central’s first touchdown.

On the eight-play drive, that began at the Horizon 40-yard line, Reed ran for 20 yards. The drive concluded with a 3-yard run by Vandon Sanchez with 10:08 left in the second quarter.

Central forced Horizon to punt on the Hawks’ next possession and the Warriors wasted no time. In fact, it was Josh Bruninger who made the work short, dashing 91 yards on the first play from scrimmage with 6:18 left.

“The offense did a great job up front as did the defensive guys on the line,” said Reed, a 6-foot-2, 199-pound senior.

“The line opened the holes for Josh and me and gave me time to pass. Hopefully, this will carry over on to our next game. We were ready though after what happened last week.”

Palisade 62, Battle Mtn. 19

• After beginning the season 0-2, Palisade didn’t leave any doubts in its Western Slope Conference opener.

The Bulldogs (1-2, 1-0 WSC) rushed for 445 yards on the road to rout Battle Mountain.

“Tonight the kids played very physical and had a lot of fun,” Palisade coach John Arledge said. “The first two weeks were a good wake up call, and they rose up to the challenge.”

The Bulldogs were led by Sean Dunn who scored six touchdowns and had 314 yards rushing. Quarterback Jordan Salazar didn’t throw much on Friday, but when he did, he was efficient. Salazar went 6 of 12 for 72 yards and two touchdowns. Kelly Davis and Devyn Brackett were on the receiving end of those touchdown throws.

Palisade ran out to a 28-13 first-quarter lead, then added 22 more in the second quarter to go up 50-19 at halftime. Arledge said the key was finishing drives with touchdowns.

“For us, controlling the ball was huge,” Arledge said. “In the second game we didn’t finish, but tonight we only punted once all game.”

Palisade will return next week to take on Eagle Valley on Thursday at Stocker Stadium.

• In other Class 3A WSC action, Steamboat Springs defeated Delta 36-27.

Steamboat Springs running back Joe Dover ran for three touchdowns.
Moffat County defeated Rifle 21-16 and Glenwood Springs dropped Eagle Valley 41-26.


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