Prep roundup: Punt return helps Centauri beat Paonia

Grand Junction’s Marcel Mavangulu, 10, heads the ball to a teammate over a pair of Glenwood Springs defenders during Saturday’s game at Canyon View Park. Glenwood Springs won 2-1.


Punt return helps Centauri beat Paonia

Jason Buhr scored on an 87-yard punt return to break open a tight game as Centauri defeated Paonia 27-14 in nonleague game Saturday.

Centauri (2-1) scored the first two times it had the ball, but it was Buhr’s slicing run down the field that put an exclamation mark on the win just 26 seconds into the second quarter. The senior was familiar with the Eagles from another sport.

“I always knew they got after it in wrestling,” Buhr said. “This was the first time I faced them in football, and they got after it here, too. That was a physical game.”

The game started out as a barn-burner and finished as a slugfest.

Quarterback KC Jarvies connected with Clay McCarroll on touchdown passes on the Falcons first two drives of the game.

On the fourth play of the game, Jarvies found McCarroll on the sideline for a 47-yard touchdown. Devon Chacon’s kick made it 7-0.

Paonia (2-1) responded with a score on its first drive. The Eagles went 50 yards in nine plays, capped by Taylor Walters’ 9-yard touchdown run on fourth and goal. Colby Simpson’s extra point tied the game.

Centauri came back less than two minutes later as Jarvies threw a dart to McCarroll in the slot, which led to a 58-yard touchdown and another Chacon kick for a 14-7 lead.

Jarvies and McCarroll exploited Paonia’s soft underbelly with slants and posts.

Buhr’s score on the punt return staggered the Eagles, and Centauri was ahead for good 20-7.

Nearly two quarters went by without a score. Personal foul penalties and two helmet-to-helmet penalties provided the excitement. The last of those infractions led to a shoulder injury to Paonia’s standout Joel Simianer, who sat out the second half.

The short-handed Eagles already were without fullback/linebacker Gunnar Chesnik, who was suspended for the game after his ejection from the Grand Valley game last week. Eagles starting defensive back and kick returner Travis Voight also did not play.

Walters found Logan Schopp for a 22-yard touchdown pass on fourth down with 9:41 left in the game as Paonia closed within 20-14.

Centauri came right back on its next drive and answered with a 4-yard scoring burst from Buhr.

Soroco 53, Plateau Valley 6: Soroco scored 30 points in the first quarter and led 46-0 at the half.



Chiapuzio, Eatwell lead Wildcats


Loryn Chiapuzio had 14 kills and Jordan Eatwell had 11 kills and four aces as Fruita Monument defeated Liberty 25-14, 23-25, 25-14, 25-17 in a nonleague match.

Savannah Ashmore paced the Wildcats (5-2) with 37 assists, and Joelle LeFevre led them with 18 digs.

■ Paonia stormed back to edge Meeker 14-25, 21-25, 25-19, 25-15, 15-10 in Class 2A/1A Western Slope League play.

Carson Pipher led the Eagles (6-0) with 18 kills and added 21 digs, Easton Hartigan had 13 kills and 22 digs, Morgan Hartigan had 11 kills and 14 digs, Taylor Carsten had 45 assists and six aces, and Claire Tracy had 21 digs.

■ Battle Mountain swept Palisade 25-19, 25-9, 25-12 in 4A WSL play.

■ Gunnison swept Grand Valley 25-9, 25-13, 25-10 in 3A WSL play.



Glenwood Springs rallies past Tigers


Cameron Horning scored with an assist from Oscar Gallegos with about three minutes left as Glenwood Springs (2-2) rallied to beat Grand Junction 2-1 in a nonleague game at Canyon View Park.

Grand Junction scored the first goal 15 minutes into the contest and led 1-0 at the half, but the Demons’ Daniel Garces scored the equalizer five minutes into the second half.



Sweeping singles gives Durango dual


Central claimed three of the four doubles matches, but it wasn’t enough to offset Durango’s sweep of the singles matches as the Demons triumphed 4-3.

Durango also won two of the three matches that went to three sets, with the Warriors’ three-set win coming from Camren Thomas and Jon Leonard at No. 1 doubles.



Grand Junction’s road games postponed


Grand Junction’s games against Castle View and Highlands Ranch at Castle View were postponed. The Tigers will make up the games Sept. 28 at Castle View, facing Highlands Ranch at 10 a.m. and Castle View at noon.

The Tigers’ doubleheader Friday at Liberty was postponed to Sept. 27, with the first game starting at 3 p.m.


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