Durango holds off Tigers

The Durango High School football team held off a late scoring attempt by Grand Junction on Friday night as the Demons defeated the Tigers 19-14 in Durango.

Grand Junction (2-5, 1-1 Southwestern Conference) had the ball on the Durango 10-yard line on a fourth down and 5 late in the fourth quarter but the pass attempt was tipped away.

The game marked the return for the Tigers of quarterback Sean Rubalcaba, who missed the previous six games with a fractured fibula in his left leg.

Rubalcaba completed 7 of 18 passes for 90 yards but was picked off three times.

“He was a little rusty, but he did a good job,” Grand Junction coach Robbie Owens said of his sophomore quarterback.

Andy Willett, who had replaced Rubalcaba at quarterback, returned to his normal running back position and rushed for 132 yards, scoring both Tiger touchdowns.

Willett did most of his damage outside as the Demons shut off the inside rushing game. Jayke Brock finished with 52 yards.

“We struggled to run the ball in the second half,” Owens said.

Durango’s two touchdowns in the first quarter were set up by a long kickoff return and a long punt return.

“The reason we lost the game is 100 percent special teams,” Owens said.

Gus Barnes rushed for 95 yards and a touchdown to lead Durango (7-0, 2-0 WSC).

Despite a good effort, “The breaks didn’t go our way,” Owens said.

Douglas County 34, Fruita Monument 0: In Castle Rock, Fruita Monument (2-5) was shut out for the fourth consecutive game.

Fruita Monument closes out its Southwestern Conference schedule at Montrose next Friday.

In a showdown of two teams unbeaten in the Class 2A Western Slope Conference, Olathe got a leg up on the conference lead with a 52-26 victory in Aspen.

The defending state champion Pirates scored twice in each quarter to take the victory.


Fruita Monument won the first game but Durango came back to take the next three as the Demons won 8-25, 25-11, 25-19, 25-22 at Fruita.

Camile Kovach’s 14 kills led the Wildcat offensive errors. Kovach also had three blocks and three aces to tie for the team lead in both categories.

Fruita Monument (7-9, 2-6 Southwestern League) faces Montezuma-Cortez at 11 a.m. today.

Montezuma-Cortez began its two-game road trip by defeating Grand Junction 25-20, 25-22, 25-15.

The Tigers (7-10, 1-7) struggled to get a consistent offensive attack going against the Panthers. Jordan Doughty paced Grand Junction with six kills and two blocks; Jamie Derrieux and Lauren Gadeken had four kills each.

Grand Junction will try to snap a three-match losing streak when it plays host to Durango at 11 a.m. today.


Fruita Monument got goals from three different players as the Wildcats tied Montezuma-Cortez 3-3 at Canyon View Park.

Mason Alpert and Martin Zupan spotted the Wildcats (1-10-1, 0-7-1 SWL) at 2-1 halftime lead. Jack Allard scored Fruita Monument’s lone second-half goal.

Trevor Allen had six saves in goal for the Wildcats.

At Long Family Memorial Park, Durango scored two goals in the first half and made them stand up as the Demons held off Central 2-1.

The Warriors (2-11, 1-7) got a second-half goal from Stevie Palma before the Durango defense clamped down on Central’s offense.

Fruita Monument and Central switch opponents today, with the Wildcats facing Durango at Canyon View Park and Central meeting Cortez at Walker Field. Both games are at 11 a.m.


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