Cardinals’ travel plans changed by pheasants |

Cardinals’ travel plans changed by pheasants

Joelle MilholmGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

As if the Grand Valley Cardinals didn’t have enough to think about heading into their Class 1A second-round football playoff against the Eagles in Wray on Saturday, now pheasants are causing them problems.After Grand Valley beat Burlington, 42-14, on Saturday, it drew a matchup with Wray. Wray, a school located less than 10 miles from the Nebraska boarder, won the Colorado High School Association coin flip for a home game.The Cardinals tried to find a hotel to stay in Friday night in Wray, but the very few that are there are all booked up. So they looked in surrounding towns like Yuma and Brush, still no luck. “It’s opening day for pheasant season so we have to stay in Fort Morgan,” said Grand Valley athletic director Jeff Bradley.Fort Morgan is 90 miles away from Wray and an hour-and-a-half bus ride. There was one closer option with a hotel not booked with hunters, but Bradley thought it was in bad taste.”I thought about going to Burlington, but I thought that since we just beat them, we better not,” he said. Grand Valley defeated Burlington in the first round of the playoffs.So the Cardinals will head east Friday morning, after stops at Bea Underwood Elementary and St. John Middle School in Parachute to give the team a proper sendoff. Although the pheasants may have made things a little more difficult for the Cardinals, the real battle of the birds will take place at 1 p.m. on Saturday when the Eagles and Cards take the field with sights set on the quarterfinals.

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