Cedaredge’s Markley facing Olathe one last time

Cedaredge’s Dante Markley, catching a pass in practice, will face off against Olathe for the final time tonight.

He has cousins and uncles and grandparents who graduated from Olathe High School.

Yet Cedaredge’s Dante Markley, a quarterback, among many positions, will play against Olathe for his final time at 7 p.m. Friday at Cedaredge.

Notably, Markley’s cousin Dylan Markley was on Olathe’s 2009 state championship team. Another cousin, Bryce Markley, graduated last year.

So, of course, Markley hears a lot of talk from his Olathe-based family members.

“I know all the guys and then I know all their dads,” he said. “Like, ahh, it’s rough. It’s teasing. Nothing personal, really.”

Cedaredge (1-1) defeated Montezuma-Cortez 46-7 last week. Cedaredge coach Brandon Milholland said many members of the team have come down with the stomach flu this week, however.

Olathe (0-1) lost 20-14 to Hotchkiss and dropped out of the Class 2A top 10 rankings.

“I think Dante’s going to be Dante and play his game,” Milholland said. “I do know he has some family and stuff. He told me last year after they whooped us it wasn’t a whole lot of fun hanging out with relatives who are from Olathe.”

Central loses one, gains two

Central received some good news on starting wide receiver and free safety Ed Becoat. X-rays showed his hip is dislocated and not broken as Central coach Vern McGee initially feared.

Becoat suffered the injury in Central’s 41-6 loss to Palisade last week.

McGee said Dr. Mark Luker of Rocky Mountain Orthopedics determined Becoat has a dislocation on the right side of his hip. Becoat was on crutches early this week, McGee said, and it’s unknown how long he’ll be out.

But McGee said about 20 Warriors football players showed up to St. Mary’s Hospital to visit Becoat following the game, as did Palisade linebacker and fullback Caden Woods.

“I was impressed,” McGee said about Woods’ appearance. “That was just a class-act thing for him to do.”

Becoat of course will not play in Central’s 1 p.m. game against Longmont on Saturday at Stocker Stadium.

But two Tuesday additions just might. McGee said Justice Marrow moved to Grand Junction from Florida, and Chris Sanchez moved from in-state. Each joined the team this week.

“And they look very capable,” McGee said.

Marrow, for one, might start at linebacker Saturday, McGee said.

“If he can get all his paperwork, he might,” McGee said.

Grand Junction ready for Rocky

With its revolving door of quarterbacks still revolving, Grand Junction coach Robbie Owens said Tyler Heinsma will get the first snaps when the Tigers (2-0) host Rocky Mountain (0-1) at 7 p.m. Friday at Stocker Stadium.

No. 8 Grand Junction fumbled seven times, losing five, in its 21-17 come-from-behind win over Mountain Vista last week. Some Tigers coaches said missed blocking assignments were a cause of some of the fumbles.

Rocky Mountain (0-1) is coming off a 34-3 loss to No. 7 Chaparral.

“Coach Owens likes to mix it up, keep the other teams guessing, but Owens said I’ll be taking the snaps for the first series,” Heinsma said. “We just need to not have as many turnovers as we did last game. We’re really trying to focus on controlling the ball and the game tempo so we can play at our peak.”


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