Cedaredge fans boost Bruins in shutout

Cedaredge fans boost Bruins in shutout

CEDAREDGE — Saturday afternoon was likely the loudest it’s been at Cedaredge High School’s football stadium in a long time.

Cedaredge star fullback Carter Wasser thrives on the noise, and his tough running led the Bruins to an 18-0 victory over Monte Vista in a Class 1A state quarterfinal football playoff game. The Bruins (10-1) have won 10 games in a row, the longest win streak in recent memory for Cedaredge.

And the excitement is evident in the Cedaredge stadium stands and around town.

“There’s signs up around town supporting us, there’s just a lot more fans,” Wasser said. “It’s a lot more fun playing when it’s like this. We’re all looking forward to next week.”

After three losing seasons, Wasser added, he’s just enjoying the ride.

Oddly, it was when the snow started falling that the Bruins started heating up. Wasser crashed into the end zone twice from one yard out and once from three yards to seal the victory.

The fullback eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark and now has 17 rushing touchdowns this season.

Quarterback Dante Markley had an uncharacteristically tough first half, committing three of Cedaredge’s four turnovers with a fumble and two interceptions. But the Bruins’ defense forced three turnovers in the second half and kept Monte Vista (9-2) out of the red zone despite Cedaredge’s lowest-scoring game of the season.

“Our defense, who had been playing well all day, they came out in the second half and really shut them down,” Cedaredge coach Brandon Milholland said. “Our offensive line started clicking together as a unit. They started believing that they were tougher and stronger. (That started) the running game, and obviously we had a hard time throwing today, so we still have work to do.

“I think the result is what you see in the stands on a cold day like today. It’s cold, it’s windy, it’s not very pleasant. All the people, all the community support, is amazing. They see the character of our kids, and that’s phenomenal.”

Cedaredge’s win sets up a state semifinal matchup between Cedaredge and Hotchkiss in Hotchkiss, likely Saturday afternoon. Hotchkiss beat Limon 47-26 on the other side of the bracket.

Cedaredge edged Hotchkiss 21-20 during the regular season, but the Bulldogs thumped Monte Vista 48-20 earlier in the year.

Hotchkiss has running back Jacobe Galley, who has rushed for more than 2,000 yards.

“As far Hotchkiss goes, I feel like we had a pretty good game plan when we beat them earlier in the year,” Milholland said. “We defended Galley very well when we played them, and I think that was a key point to that game. We’re going to go at it like we did last time.”


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