Hotchkiss rumbles past Bruins
Horton throws for two touchdowns, runs for another
CEDAREDGE — Strong running, sharp passing and relentless defense Friday night lifted Hotchkiss High School to a 26-3 victory over Cedaredge.
Good defense by both teams kept the game scoreless until the Bruins (1-1) struck with a 20-yard field goal by Sterling Rose late in the first quarter.
The Bulldogs (2-0) responded on the next drive when quarterback Braeden Horton ran for a 41-yard gain to set up a 15-yard touchdown run by Jamie Rodriguez two plays later.
The Bruins, looking to respond, made a costly mistake when running back Carter Wasser fumbled with 36 seconds left in the half. Two plays later, Horton connected from 14 yards out with receiver Tell Hawk in the middle of the end zone to lift the Bulldogs to a 13-3 lead at the half.
Hotchkiss controlled the ball for nearly the entire third quarter, scoring when Horton connected with tight end Conner Beard for a 15-yard touchdown.
Bruin quarterback Drew Beach, who in the first half scrambled well and connected with multiple receivers, lost his rhythm, throwing two interceptions deep in his own territory. Hotchkiss scored on one when Horton ran for a 10-yard score.
A barrage of lightening strikes delayed the game 57 minutes after a early evening stormed dropped rain and marble-sized hail in the area.
Paonia 21, Grand Valley 14: The Eagles scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to rally from a behind for the non-conference victory in front of their home crowd.
Adrian Lopez scored both touchdowns, including a 26-yard run with 2:13 left for the go-ahead score. A 6-yard pass on fourth-and-5 on the final drive was the big play for Paonia (1-1).
In other games, Rifle (2-0) evened up the series with Coal Ridge with a 21-14 victory in New Castle.
Florence avenged a loss to Olathe in the Class 2A state playoffs last year with a 32-14 victory in Florence.
Delta bounced back from a season-opening loss with a 24-14 victory over Montezuma-Cortez and Battle Mountain shut out Roaring Fork 42-0.