Cards take season opener from Aspen
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The Grand Valley Cardinals overcame a shaky start to pull away from the Aspen Skiers 28-14 in their football season opener Friday night.
Junior running back Colton Cowan had a big night with two touchdowns on runs of 22 and 19 yards. His 35-yard run set up the Cardinals’ final score of the game.
William Waugh scored on a 2-yard run in the third behind a strong lead block from center Cole Kraft.
Senior Matt Cain overcame some early jitters to have a solid game at quarterback, completing 8 of 10 passes for 124 yards and one score, a 25-yarder to Jon Lantz.
Senior Tyler Jensen had five catches for 61 yards.
With the score tied at 7-7, it was Jensen’s 44-yard punt return that ignited the Cardinals and set up Cowan’s 22-yard scamper.
Aspen took a 7-0 lead on a 9-yard touchdown pass from Anderson Cole to Travis Van Domeien. Beau Seguin scored on a 90-yard kickoff run late in the game to finish the scoring.
Hayden got the best of the Coal Ridge football team in its season opener on Friday night, downing the Titans 26-0 in the nonleague contest in Hayden.
Coal Ridge turned the ball over three times in the first half, leading to three of Hayden’s four touchdowns.
“They earned one score, but we gave them the rest,” said Coal Ridge head coach Jim Hoffman.
The Titans came out much better in the second half, buckling down on defense and shutting out the Tigers. Although Coal Ridge wasn’t able to score any touchdowns of its own, Hoffman was pleased with the team’s second-frame effort.
“Holding it 0-0 in the second was good,” he said. “We had some solid play.”
Coal Ridge will play its first home game of the season on Sept. 7 when the Titans look to host Rangely.
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