Hotchkiss rolls past Sargent in 1A football playoffs

Jaime Rodriguez of Hotchkiss, 9, breaks a tackle on his way to an 18-yard touchdown run Saturday in the Bulldogs’ 47-8 victory over Sargent in the Class 1A state playoffs.

Brice Simpson tries to shed the block of Chance Padilla, 60, to pressure the quarterback during Saturday’s playoff win at Hotchkiss.

HOTCHKISS — Hotchkiss High School had already beaten Sargent once this season.

The second-seeded Bulldogs (10-0) didn’t let up the second time, rolling to a 47-8 victory Saturday in the first round of the Class 1A state football playoffs.

Braeden Horton’s interception on the fifth play of the game set Hotchkiss up in great shape.

Jacobe Galley wasted no time, running 20 yards for a touchdown. Jaime Rodriguez added a two-point conversion and the Bulldogs were on their way.

Late in the first quarter, Hotchkiss took over near midfield and Rodriguez broke off a 17-yard run. Horton hit Conner Beard for 19 yards to the 1, then took it in for a 14-0 lead with 2:10 left in the first quarter.

Sargent started at its 15 after fumbling the ensuing kickoff, but three plays later the Farmers were punting again.

A fumbled snap led to Hotchkiss taking over at the Sargent 18, and Rodriguez scored with 18 seconds in the quarter left for a 21-0 lead.

A 9-yard touchdown by Galley after another punt made it 28-0 at halftime.

Rodriguez returned the second-half kickoff 50 yards, giving Hotchkiss a first down at the Sargent 35.

It only took the Bulldogs three plays to score, with Galley going in from the 1. Galley’s 15-yard touchdown made it 41-0 after the third quarter, but he wasn’t done.

He added a 15-yard touchdown to make it 47-0 with less than nine minutes to play.

Colton Cooley finally got Sargent on the scoreboard when he broke loose for a 32-yard touchdown run.

Galley finished with 205 yards rushing and five touchdowns.

“It all started with the offensive line” Galley said. ” I had two or three cutback lanes open to me on every play, the line just dominated today.”

Hotchkiss plays at Resurrection Christian this week.

“We don’t know a lot about them, which makes it better for both the kids and the coaches,” Hotchkiss coach Zac Lemon said.

“We’ll have to get right to work, work hard and come next weekend, we’ll be ready.”


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