Prep roundup Sept. 27, 2009


• Central High School’s football team had problems moving the ball Saturday against Rocky Mountain, rushing for only 77 yards and throwing for another 21 in a 48-0 nonconference loss in Fort Collins.

The Warriors (1-3) open Southwestern Conference play Friday night against Fruita Monument.

Rocky Mountain rushed for 183 yards on 35 carries, but threw the ball for 204 yards and two touchdowns.

The Lobos scored on runs of 6 and 19 yards in the first quarter, then quarterback Brode

McDonald threw a pair of touchdown passes in the second quarter, one for 12 yards to Matt Knotek and another for 42 yards to Michael Seidel to lead 28-0 at halftime.

Midway through the third quarter, Thomas Newton picked off a pass from Central quarterback Holden Reed and returned it 60 yards for a touchdown. On the final play of the quarter, Sam Winters broke off an 8-yard touchdown run, and the Lobos added a 22-yard scoring run in the fourth quarter.

Reed led the Warriors’ rushing game with 45 yards on nine carries but completed only four of 11 passes and had one intercepted. Josh Buniger added 20 yards rushing on 14 carries.

Braden Nelson rushed for 45 yards for Rocky Mountain, which got another 40 yards rushing from McDonald, who threw for 193 yards.


• Palisade got a solid all-around game from Danette Whittington and strong play at the net Saturday, defeating Rifle 25-16, 25-11, 25-15.

Whittington finished with team highs in assists (15) and aces (3) and tied with Morgan Reynolds with 12 digs.

Audrey Steinkirchner had 11 kills to lead the Bulldogs (7-2, 4-0 Western Slope League).

• Aspen won five of the seven championship matches, including a sweep in the singles matches, to win the Delta County Invitational.

The Skiers scored 53 points, defeating second-place Montrose by eight points.

• Central placed third with 43 points. Austin Krebill, the Warriors’ No. 2 singles player, lost in the championship in straight sets to Aspen’s Michael Willsky.

Central’s No. 2 and No. 3 doubles teams also lost in the championship round.


• Grand Junction won its fifth consecutive game, defeating Rifle 9-0 in a nonleague game.

The Tigers spread the wealth with nine different players, including three playing varsity for the first time, getting into the scoring column.

It was the fourth consecutive shutout for the Tigers (6-1).

• Central lost its fourth straight game, falling 5-2 in Durango.

Stevie Palma and Jesse Lopez accounted for Central’s offence in the game, which saw the Warriors score once in each half. Roberto Navarrete recorded five saves.

• Fruita Monument lost its fifth straight game, 3-2 in Cortez.

The Wildcats came back from a 2-1 deficit at the half, with Alec Smith scoring the game-tying goal.

Montezuma-Cortez beat the Wildcats with a penalty kick in the 70th minute. Peter Martinez scored Fruita Monument’s first goal. Trevor Allen recorded 10 saves.


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