Durango drops Tigers in overtime
Durango made its extra-point kick in overtime. Grand Junction did not.
That was the difference Friday night as Durango edged the Tigers 34-33 in Southwestern Conference football in Durango.
The Demons trailed 27-13 after three quarters, but Durango running back David Logan scored on a 44-yard run to open the fourth quarter, then he ran 1 yard for a touchdown with 4 minutes, 51 seconds left in the fourth quarter to tie the game 27-27.
Grand Junction won the coin toss and chose to take the ball first in overtime.
The Tigers scored on their first play from the Demons’ 10-yard line when Theron Verna caught a 10-yard pass from quarterback Tyler Heinsma, but Durango blocked the extra-point kick.
Logan came through again for the Demons, scoring on a 4-yard run, and Casey Dunlap made the kick to give Durango (4-1, 1-0 SWC) the win in its conference opener.
“That’s just been us all year,” Durango coach David Vogt said. “We’ve been resilient. We’re not scared of anybody. Our work in the weight room this offseason has really made us a physical team, and that’s what we really bring.”
The Demons also brought Logan, as the transfer from Las Vegas was eligible to play for the first time this season per CHSAA transfer rules.
He finished with 211 yards on 24 carries and helped bolster an offense that was without starting quarterback Jeremy Szura and starting running back Tyler Worley, both out with injuries.
Grand Junction looked to be in control when it took a 20-6 lead into the half.
Heinsma opened the scoring with a 19-yard run with 5:03 left in the first quarter, but Dunlap caught a 22-yard TD pass to get the Demons within 7-6.
In the second quarter, Grand Junction’s Dion Martinez scored on a 3-yard run with 2:58 left in the half.
The Tigers capitalized on a turnover when Heinsma ran 5 yards for a touchdown and the 20-6 lead.
Logan introduced himself to the Grand Junction defense with an 80-yard TD run midway through the third quarter, but Martinez put the Tigers back up by 14 points with a 1-yard touchdown run.
After Logan’s second TD run of the fourth quarter, Grand Junction tried to win the game in regulation with a 50-yard field goal, but the kick was short.
The Tigers also failed to make a 28-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter.
Heinsma led Grand Junction’s offense, completing 16 of 24 passes for 226 yards and a touchdown. He also rushed for 134 yards and two touchdowns.
Delta 41, Montezuma-Cortez 12: The Panthers took a 14-0 lead at the half and broke the game open with 20 points in the third quarter.
Delta scored three rushing touchdowns in the third quarter to pull away.
Cedaredge 27, Roaring Fork 0: Trent Walker threw two touchdown passes, Austin Gartman returned an interception for a touchdown in the fourth quarter, and Bryce Klaseen kicked two field goals for the Bruins (4-2, 1-1 1A WSL).
Cedardge took a 10-0 lead at the half and scored 10 more points in the third quarter.
Gunnison 14, Aspen 10: All of the points were scored in the first quarter, with Gunnsion taking a 14-0 lead and holding on for the Class 2A Western Slope Conference victory.
Glenwood Springs 19, Eagle Valley 0: The Demons scored all 19 points in the second quarter for the Class 3A WSC win on the road.