Running game helps Durango pull away from Central
Durango scored the next three touchdowns after Central pulled within 13-7 as the Demons pulled away for a 46-14 victory in Southwestern Conference football Friday.
Central’s Darian Byrd hauled in a 68-yard touchdown pass from Wyatt McElwain to get the Warriors (0-7, 0-2 SWC) within a touchdown late in the first quarter, but Durango responded with big plays from quarterback Jeremy Szura, who was back in the lineup after missing the previous game with an injury. Szura threw TD strikes of 52 yards and 21 yards, both to Casey Dunlap, to extend the lead to 26-7. Then, running back Lawrence Mayberry scored on a 2-yard run to make it 33-7 in favor of the Demons at the half.
McElwain added the Warriors’ other touchdown on a 10-yard run, the only score of the third quarter, but Durango answered with two more touchdowns in the final quarter to close the scoring.
Running back David Logan rushed for 228 of Durango’s 340 yards on the ground, and Mayberry added 126 yards rushing for the Demons (5-1, 2-0 SWC).
McElwain finished with 226 yards passing, but Central was limited to 86 yards rushing, including only 14 yards on the ground in the first half.
Central’s Matt Miller continues to pile up the goals, despite teams game-planning to stop him.
Miller scored all four of the Warriors’ goals in a 4-2 victory over Montezuma-Cortez, his seventh hat trick of the season as Central snapped a three-game losing streak.
Miller showed off his skill eight minutes into the game, dribbling through six Panther defenders before beating goaltender Bridger Brenner one-on-one for his first goal.
Christian Ambriz and Cesar Matias assisted on Miller’s next two goals, at 23 and 25 minutes, respectively. Just before halftime, Matias was awarded a penalty kick. Instead of taking the kick, the junior let Miller score his 22nd goal of the season.
Leading 4-0 at halftime, Warriors coach Doug Beach took his starters out of the game, and Montezuma-Cortez scored two second-half goals.
Lorenzo Archuleta made five saves for Central (5-8, 2-6 Southwestern League).
Fruita Monument 1, Durango 0: Andrew Bryceland was awarded a goal when Durango scored into its own net on an attempted clearing pass as the Wildcats moved closer to winning their first Southwestern League title since 1993.
Dominic Gaty made three saves in goal for Fruita (11-2, 8-0 SWL), which won its fifth straight game. A win today against Cortez could clinch the SWL crown for the Wildcats.
Durango trailed two games to one but rallied to hand Fruita Monument its first Southwestern League loss this season. The Demons (7-7, 4-2 SWL) won 25-22, 22-25, 25-17, 25-21, 15-13.
Jordan Eatwell led Fruita (12-3, 7-1 SWL) with 19 kills, and MacKenzie Schuller added 17 kills. The Wildcats got 51 assists from Savannah Ashmore and 50 digs from Joelle LeFevre.
■ Montezuma-Cortez beat Central 25-17, 16-25, 25-17, 25-13 in SWL play at Cortez.
Nichole McIvor led the Warriors (5-10, 2-8 SWL) with eight kills, Sara Stahly added six kills, and Rayleigh Norton had 22 assists in the loss.
■ Steamboat Springs swept Palisade 25-18, 25-16, 25-17 in a Class 4A Western Slope League match.
Lexi Hall led Palisade (4-14, 2-6 WSL) with seven kills, Gracey Higman added 16 assists and Amber Crigger had 14 digs.