Paonia rolls past Rangely
PAONIA — The Paonia High School football team warmed up a chilly night Friday with a 49-15 win over Rangely.
Sitting at 4-4, Paonia needed a big win and some help to make the Class 1A state playoffs. Hayden, however, beat Lake County to snag the second playoff spot from the Western Slope Conference.
Thing got off to a shaky start when Paonia quarterback Anthony Roeber threw an interception on the first play of the game, giving Rangely the ball at its own 10-yard line. Things got worse when Rangely running back Colton Coombs broke through the Eagles’ defensive line and took it 90 yards for a touchdown.
Paonia got down to business, using its running game to move the ball. The Eagles’ offense moved the ball 68 yards, and with a little more than 6 minutes left in the first quarter, Dustin Braslin broke free for a 15-yard touchdown run to tie it at 7-7.
Paonia’s defense took over from there, with Braslin intercepting a Rangely pass, giving the Eagles the ball at their own 16-yard line. Braslin got Paonia going with a 50-yard run, giving the Eagles a first down at the Panthers’ 35-yard line. Two plays later, Adrian Lopez rushed 30 yards for a score, giving Paonia the lead for good.
The Eagles defense continued to shut down Rangely’s offense, forcing the Panthers to punt after three plays. Paonia took the ball on its own 46-yard line and quickly moved into scoring position as Braslin broke off back-to-back runs for 12 and 22 yards, giving the Eagles the ball at the 3.
KC Christian scored, giving Paonia a two-touchdown lead.
The Eagles built a 35-7 halftime lead.
Lopez returned a second-half punt 50 yards for a score and a 42-7 lead, and added his third touchdown of the game on a 12-yard run to make it 49-7.
Coombs scored on a 2-yard run for Rangely with 3:59 left in the game.
Hotchkiss 47, Meeker 0: The Bulldogs (9-0, 5-0 Class 1A WSC) scored 20 points in each of the first two quarters to remain undefeated.
Glenwood Springs 34, Delta 14: The Demons kept their slim playoff hopes alive with the victory.
In Class 2A Western Slope Conference play, Roaring Fork defeated Grand Valley 34-21, Cedaredge defeated Gunnison 42-8 and Basalt defeated Coal Ridge 13-12.