Cardinals’ ground game beats West Grand
PARACHUTE – If there was a high school fantasy football league, you would want Grand Valley running backs Colton Cowan and William Waugh on your team.Cowan carried the ball 17 times for 111 yards and two touchdowns and Waugh added another 163 yards on nine carries for one touchdown on Friday night as Grand Valley defeated West Grand for a 18-0 homecoming win.Going into the night both teams were tied for first place in the Class 1A Western Slope League, but after 48 minutes of play, the Cardinals left no doubt about who should be on top. Grand Valley, RockyPreps’ No. 5-ranked team, moved to 5-0 overall and 3-0 in league, while West Grand, who had just snuck into the RockyPreps poll at No. 10, dropped to 2-1 in league and 3-2 overall.With a strong running game the Cards totaled 321 yards in the contest. Grand Valley’s defense was equally impressive on the other side of the ball, holding the Mustangs to 84 yards of total offense and sacking West Grand quarterback Mackenzie Widener eight times. Cody Miles, Cole Kraft and Eric Glaze each accounted for two of those sacks, while Coltin Ostermiller and Matt Zollars also recorded takedowns.Cardinal quarterback Matt Cain, who was crowned homecoming king at halftime, was 0-for-6 in the game, but picked off a pass and broke up another he almost intercepted in the first quarter for the Cards.Although the first Grand Valley first down didn’t come until the 9:39 mark in the second quarter, Waugh got it in style. He pounded through the Mustang defense, shaking tacklers and breaking free for a 60-yard run to West Grand’s 20-yard line. Cowan and Waugh each earned a few more yards before Cowan capped the drive with a 6-yard scoring run. Michael Shepard missed the extra point attempt, but Grand Valley went up 6-0.Five minutes later, Cowan found the end zone again, this time on a 21-yard run into the corner for a score. West Grand picked off the 2-point conversion, leaving the Cards up 12-0 at halftime.Waugh then got his chance to score in the third quarter, running straight up the gut and continuing for 51 yards into the end zone. At the 9:19 mark, after Shepard’s kick was blocked, Grand Valley went up 18-0.Possession went back and forth for the remainder of the game, but the Cardinals defense never let the Mustangs get past the Grand Valley 38-yard line.Grand Valley will be on the road next week to take on Paonia in another WSL showdown.
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Fans, players and coaches on both sides of Stubler Memorial Field seemed to know it would come down just the way it did, regardless of who had the ball at the end.