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Grand Valley rolls past Cowboys to remain undefeated

Jon Mitchell
Special to the Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

PARACHUTE, Colorado – Gunnison High School’s football team looked like it got its running game clicking in the second quarter against Grand Valley on Friday night. The Cardinals’ offense responded by clicking on all cylinders.

Tyler Scott threw for 162 yards and a touchdown for Grand Valley, which responded to the Cowboys’ second-quarter TD with four unanswered scores in a 40-20 Class 2A Western Slope League victory.

“Things like that always hit us pretty hard,” said Scott, who finished 10-of-15 passing among seven different receivers. “Things really started going in our favor after that.”

Tanner Zimmerman added nine rushes for 82 yards and three TDs for the Cardinals (4-0 overall, 2-0 league play), who rushed for 250 yards and finished with 429 yards of total offense. Most of that yardage came in big chunks, too, as 20 of Grand Valley’s offensive plays went for 10 yards or more.

“We’ve got some big-play capabilities,” Grand Valley coach Mike Johnson said. “Once they scored on us, I think our kids really wanted an answer. Our kids answered in about four plays.”

Actually, it took five plays for the Cardinals to answer the second-quarter scoring drive by the Cowboys (0-4, 0-2), who capped their 10-play, 70-yard march with a 9-yard jaunt from Alex Schliesman with 6 minutes, 14 seconds remaining before halftime.

With the Cardinals up 14-6 after the extra-point kick was blocked, passes of 24 and 19 yards from Scott set Grand Valley up at the Gunnison 17. Zimmerman’s 5-yard run, followed by an incomplete pass by Scott, set up Zimmerman’s 12-yard scoring run, which put the Cardinals up, 20-6.

Grand Valley’s defense recovered a fumble from Gunnison running back Quinn Davis on the Cowboys’ next offensive play and, four plays later, Scott hooked up with Bryan Hegwood for a 14-yard scoring pass off a back-door screen.

Hegwood scored again on an 18-yard TD jaunt just 59 seconds into the second half, and Zimmerman capped the scoring for Grand Valley with a 1-yard plunge with less than four minutes to play in the third quarter.

Schliesman finished with 63 rushing yards on 16 carries and a pair of TDs for the Cowboys, who were limited to 230 yards of total offense.

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