Quick Cedaredge start dooms host Rams
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
CARBONDALE, Colorado – While observing his team run through pregame warm-ups and drills, Cedaredge head football coach Brandon Milholland didn’t like what he was seeing.
“I thought we were a little flat,” he said. “I got on the kids a little bit.”
Whatever he said to them worked.
The Bruins, ranked No. 6 in Class 1A in the latest Denver Post poll, went on to play some rather crisp football.
Scoring touchdowns on each of its four possessions as part of a 29-point first quarter, Cedaredge rolled to a 42-0 win at Roaring Fork on Friday.
“It was just that speech, ‘Get going because you’re better than this,'” said Milholland, whose team improved to 5-1 overall and to 2-0 in the 1A Western Slope League.
With errant snaps regularly sailing deep into the backfield, Roaring Fork failed to muster much offense in the first quarter as it fell into an early hole.
Cedaredge, meanwhile, moved the ball with relative ease.
Quarterback Dante Markley found Cade Wasser in the back of the end zone on a 17-yard TD pass on an efficient opening drive for the Bruins.
Markley followed with a 30-yard rushing score a few minutes later. After Carter Wasser rumbled in from 4 yards out with 4 minutes, 36 seconds left in the first, Cedaredge scored on a safety when the Rams’ Sam Morse alertly tapped the ball out of the back of the end zone while chasing down an errant snap.
Markley followed with a 26-yard TD run to make it 29-0 at the 2:28 mark in the first.
Eligibility and injury issues have plagued Roaring Fork (1-5, 0-2 in the 1A WSL) all season. Trae Moxley was actually taking snaps in the backfield, as was Morse. Neither typically play quarterback.
“We’ve got some kids who have made some bad mistakes and it’s hurt us,” Rams head coach Tory Jensen said. “We haven’t had any consistency all year between eligibility issues and a couple injury issues. We’ll get a kid back, and then another kid’s out. … It’s been a tough go.”
Wasser led the Bruins with 164 rushing yards and three TDs on 16 carries. Markley added 97 yards and two scores on eight takes. He also threw for 64 yards and a TD on 6-of-9 passing.
Jessie Murillo had an interception for Roaring Fork. Alex Fischer had one of two Ram fumble recoveries.
On offense, Moxley led the way with 48 yards on 13 carries.
The game featured a scary moment in the third quarter when Cedaredge’s Trent Walker suffered a what appeared to be vertebra injury. He was taken to a local hospital in an ambulance after being tended to for several minutes by paramedics.
“I do know he had a lot of pain on his C7 vertebra,” Milholland said. “We’re just praying for him. I hope the kid’s OK. I’ll call his dad and stuff tonight to get a better idea of where he’s at. … You never like to see a kid get hurt.”
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