Prep Sports Roundup
Nursing a 14-7 halftime lead, Grand Valley erupted for 20 third-quarter points to run away with a 41-7 football win over visiting Hayden on Friday.
The Cardinals racked up big yardage on the ground, totaling 334 yards. Tanner Zimmerman led the way with 162 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries. David Witt amassed 118 yards and two scores on 12 carries. Chris McGruder had a TD and 39 yards on the ground and Raheim Flores had a 4-yard TD run.
Quarterback Tyler Scott completed 7 of 11 passes for 56 yards and Eddie Pena caught three balls for 77 receiving yards.
On defense, Zimmerman racked up eight tackles and a sack. Witt finished with nine tackles and a sack and Garrett Smith and Collin Weeks each sacked the quarterback twice.
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“In the second half, we really opened things up,” Grand Valley coach Mike Johnson said. “We really just started to take control, especially up front. All our running lanes were big. You could tell we were wearing on them.”
The Cardinals improved to 1-2 with the win, while Hayden dropped to 1-2.
“I’m really glad to finally get a win,” Johnson said. “We had a lot of confidence going into the season and high expectations. Our loss against Rifle [in the season opener] literally took the wind out of our sails. We did some nice things last weekend [against Paonia], but we just couldn’t get out of our own way. Hopefully, we’ll have a little more confidence and swagger now.”
J.T. Townsend ran in a pair of TDs and three other players had rushing scores as Palisade’s football team took down host Roaring Fork, 42-0, on Friday.
The Bulldogs, ranked third in Class 3A in the latest Denver Post media poll, scored a combined 36 points in the second and third quarters to put the game away and improve to 3-0.
Daniel Salazar, Luke McLean and Ronald Kuntz also ran in TDs for Palisade. Kuntz covered 77 yards on the Bulldogs’ final score of the night.
Caden Woods also hauled in a 30-yard TD pass from McLean.
The Class 2A Rams dropped to 0-3 on the season.
Trekking all the way to Littleton for Friday’s Liberty Bell Invitational cross country meet, Glenwood Springs didn’t come away empty-handed.
The Class 4A Demons finished ninth in the girls team standings and 11th in the boys chase at Colorado’s largest invitational.
“It’s a pretty exciting meet,” Glenwood coach Mike Schneiter said. “We had a lot of PRs, which we were really happy with.”
Andrew Mansfield’s seventh-place showing in the boys race was Glenwood’s top finish. The senior completed the course in 16 minutes, 29 seconds.
Vinny Marr took 28th overall (17:16), Ian Edquist 57th (18:05) and Christian Leverson 84th (18:52).
Leverson actually lost a shoe at right about the one-mile mark and ran the rest of the race in socks.
“He ditched his remaining shoe and finished well enough, though he had some good blisters to show for it later,” Schneiter said.
In the girls race, McKenzie Hill notched the Demons’ top finish. She took 15th in 20:03.
Jenna Brown was 26th (20:38), Madi Spence 40th (21:03), Lily Thorsen 60th (21:34), Tess Ebert 88th (22:39) and Rebecca Carcaterra 96th (22:52).
Rifle’s cross country team finished fifth in the team standings at Friday’s Tiger Invitational in Grand Junction.
Leading the way for the Bears was Jake Statler, who placed ninth in the boys race. He crossed the line in 17:18. Andrew Proebstle placed 18th (17:58).
Tani Jorgenson paced Rifle in the girls race, taking 31st (23:07).
Coal Ridge’s Mariela Martinez finished in 20:54 to take seventh in the girls race. Molly Mello was 32nd (23:13).
Michael Palmgren was the Titans’ top boys finisher. He took 41st in 19:20.
Isaiah Martinez paced Grand Valley at Saturday’s Eagle Valley Invitational cross country meet. The junior finished 12th overall in the boys race, posting a time of 19:32.4.
Teammates Dustin Weist (26th, 21:18.3), Luis Pena (33rd, 22:19.7) and Jonathan Marbas (37th, 22:46.3) also competed in Gypsum.
Four different players scored goals as Coal Ridge shut out visiting Hotchkiss, 4-0, in boys soccer action on Saturday.
Jose Rodriguez and Enrique Bucio found net in the first half to give the Titans an early lead. Cesar Ortiz and Uriel Polvon scored second-half goals to round out the final count.
“We played really well,” Coal Ridge coach Brian Blair said. “We had control of the action most of the time.”
The win pushed the Titans to 3-3 overall. On deck for the team is a Thursday trip to Grand Valley.
Saturday’s boys soccer game between Aspen and visiting Rifle was postponed due to a lack of referees.
A makeup date was not known at press time.
Grand Valley’s softball team dropped both ends of a Saturday doubleheader at Gunnison.
The Cardinals lost the first game by a score of 11-2 and the second by a count of 12-0.
“It was one of those days,” Grand Valley coach Brooke Whitman said.
Ashley Radel had a triple for the Cardinals, who fell to 0-8 overall.
Glenwood Springs split a pair of weekend volleyball matches, picking up a win at Grand Junction Central in five games on Friday and then dropping a match to host Eagle Valley in four on Saturday.
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