Cards crush Burlington in first round
PARACHUTE – Grand Valley delivered its first playoff win at the Class 1A level in commanding style on Saturday, burying Burlington 42-14 to advance to the quarterfinals of the state tournament.The Cards offense was clicking as Colton Cowan rushed for 271 yards and three touchdowns for Grand Valley’s second playoff win in school history. Matt Cain also completed six passes to Tyler Jensen for 114 yards and one TD.”Defensively and offensively, their speed really killed us today,” said Burlington head coach Glynn Higgs. “It was tough; that’s a good football team.”It was the Grand Valley defense that made the biggest impact in the game, just like it has done all year. After the Cougars scored on their first drive of the game, Grand Valley clamped down and shut them out for the next 34 minutes.”We knew we had to come out from the start and hit them hard and try to get them out of the stuff they like to do,” said Cardinal senior wide receiver and defensive end Tyler Jensen. “I think after the first quarter they were tired of getting hit. I even heard a comment out there that we are the hardest-hitting team they have played.”Burlington, who averaged more than 33 points a game in its 6-4 season, was held to 185 yards on offense. “We knew Burlington was a good team, but if we go out and we are physical and play defense the way we play and run the ball the way we do, we feel like we can match up with anybody,” said Grand Valley head coach Mike Johnson.Even after the Cardinals hadn’t been tested in the last two weeks with a 69-8 win over Soroco and a 40-6 win over Rifle’s junior varsity, the No. 3-ranked Cards stepped up to the plate against No. 10 Burlington.”The thing I was most worried about is that we hadn’t been playing a very high level of competition the last two weeks,” Johnson said. “So I thought our tackling was a little weak at first, but once we got accustomed to popping and bringing in bigger backs, I thought we started to do well and I thought Burlington wore out. They had a lot of kids that looked dinged up.”On the third play of the game, Cowan broke lose for a 59-yard touchdown dash, thanks to some huge blocks by his teammates. Cowan scored twice more on runs of 52 and 3 yards.”They are dominant, best line in the state,” Cowan said of his line.After the Cougars tied the game at 7, Grand Valley quarterback Matt Cain connected with Jensen for a 17-yard score. Cardinal senior Jon Lantz came up with the first defensive stop of the game on the next drive, intercepting a Matt Satterly pass in the end zone.”I knew they liked little No. 4 (wide receiver Nat David), and they were going to him almost every time, so I knew it was coming, I saw it, and it was a bad ball, so I just intercepted it,” Lantz said.Jared Tonder also came up with a big play on special teams, blocking a Burlington punt and sending it out the back of the end zone, giving Grand Valley 2 points as the Cards went up 23-7 at halftime.Besides another Cowan TD and another Cain-Jensen score, Grand Valley fullback William Waugh also found the end zone, scoring on a 15-yard run in the third quarter. Waugh finished the game with 11 carries for 74 yards, and a few sacks on defense.
Grand Valley will be back in action on Saturday for its quarterfinal matchup against a familiar foe in Wray. Last year, Wray beat Grand Valley 18-7 in the first round of the playoffs in Parachute. This time, the game will be at Wray.”(We are hoping for) payback. They beat us last year, and they shouldn’t have,” Jensen said. “We made mistakes and turned the ball over, and that’s not going to happen this year.”Higgs, who guided his team to a 35-23 victory over Wray earlier this season, said that Grand Valley compares pretty evenly with some of the better teams from the Front Range that Burlington has faced.”I think they are right there with them,” he said. “I think they have a good shot to make a run at it.”Flying HighGrand Valley 42, Burlington 14Records: No. 3 Grand Valley 10-0, No. 14 Burlington 6-4Offensive player of the game: Colton Cowan, Grand Valley – 23 carries for 271 yards and three touchdowns.Defensive player of the game: Jon Lantz, Grand Valley – interception in end zone in first quarter.Key play of the game: Cowan’s 59-yard touchdown run 1 minute and 40 seconds into the game.Stat of the game: Grand Valley totaled 472 yards of offense and held Burlington to 185.Up next: Nov. 10 Grand Valley at No. 6 Wray (7-3)How Wray got there: Beat No. 11 Rye 49-26.Grand Valley 42, Burlington 14
At Toby LeBorgne Stadium in ParachuteBurlington 7007- 14Grand Valley149127- 42SCORING SUMMARYFirst quarterGV – Colton Cowan 59 run (Michael Shepard kick good), 10:20B – Nat David 27 pass from Matt Satterly (David kick good), 7:24.GV – Tyler Jensen 17 pass from Matt Cain (Shepard kick good), 4:24.Second quarterGV – Cowan 52 run (Shepard kick good), 4:24.GV – Jared Tonder blocked punt, safety, 3:28.Third quarterGV – Jensen 10 pass from Cain (Shepard kick blocked), 8:47GV – William Waugh 15 run (Shepard kick no good), 3:59Fourth quarterGV – Cowan 3 run (Shepard kick good), 9:30.B – David 33 pass from Satterly (David kick good), 8:02.GVBurlingtonFirst downs129Total yards472185Rushes-yards44-35833-93Passing11492Comp-Att-Int6-8-17-13-1Punts1-403-33Fumbles-lost0-03-1INDIVIDUAL STATISTICSRUSHING – Grand Valley, Cowan 23-271, Waugh 11-74, Jon Lantz 6-6, Tonder 3-4, Eric Glaze 1-3. Burlington, Brok Rhoades 8-40, Satterly 9-30, Isaiah Churchwell 10-20, David 6-3.PASSING – Grand Valley, Cain 6-7-114, Cowan 0-1-0. Burlington, Satterly 7-13-92.RECEIVING – Grand Valley, Jensen 6-114. Burlington, David 5-65, Matt Brown 1-17, Adam Wallin 1-9.
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