Hotchkiss wins OT thriller
HOTCHKISS — Devan Rupe threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Chris Allen in overtime as Hotchkiss prevailed 34-33 over Monte Vista in a nonleague football game Friday night.
“I have to catch my breath,” Hotchkiss coach Zac Lemon said, echoing the sentiments of many of the fans and players after the seesaw affair.
The Bulldogs’ win was secured when Ryan Hafley kicked the extra point in overtime. Monte Vista came right back on its possession in the extra session as Michael Sanchez found Mitch Vanderpool for a 10-yard touchdown pass. But Brandon Medina’s extra-point kick sailed wide left by about a foot, and the Pirates’ comeback attempt fell just short.
“We’re resilient,” Lemon said. “Even when we make mistakes, we bounce back, and that’s what we did really well tonight.”
Monte Vista (3-1) took a 7-0 lead after Sanchez’s 5-yard touchdown pass to Daniel Borunda capped a nine-play, 72-yard drive. Hotchkiss needed only one play to tie the game, a 64-yard scoring scamper by Rupe that knotted the game 7-7 with six minutes, 15 seconds left in the first quarter.
Rupe pitched to Alex Smith, who ran 24 yards for a score and a 13-7 lead right before the first quarter ended. Rupe totaled 107 rushing yards in the win, and Smith ran for 167 yards.
Monte Vista scored to open the second quarter on Sanchez’s 8-yard touchdown pass to Dillon Martinez. A missed extra point left the game tied 13-13.
Hotchkiss (3-1) again only needed one play to take the lead back, this one a 60-yard touchdown strike from Rupe to Hank Edwards. Hafley’s kick made it 20-13 for Hotchkiss.
Monte Vista came right back, this time with an eight-play, 53-yard drive that ended with a 2-yard scoring run from Jacob Vance. Medina’s PAT tied the game 20-20.
Hotchkiss had a long drive of its own, going 81 yards in seven plays and ending with Rupe’s 17-yard touchdown pass to Ross LeValley. Hafley’s kick ended a high-octane first half with Hotchkiss ahead 27-20.
Rupe completed 12 of 22 passes for 178 yards.
The Pirates tied the game 27-27 with 2:46 left in regulation.