Cowboys keep pace in WSC with win over Basalt
Gunnison scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to earn a 21-13 victory over Basalt in a Class 2A Western Slope Conference game held Friday at Western State College’s Mountaineer Bowl.The host Cowboys raised their WSC mark to 4-1 and remain tied for first place with Roaring Fork and Hotchkiss. The loss knocked the Longhorns (3-2, 5-3) out of the playoff picture.Clayton Peetz scored both Basalt touchdowns. His first, a 13-yard run, gave the ‘Horns the early lead two minutes into the first quarter. The senior’s 1-yard run gave the Longhorns back the lead with 9 minutes, 30 seconds left in the first half.Trying to extend its lead in the third quarter, kicker Frank Howard had a field goal blocked by the Cowboy defense.Chris Garcia’s 14-yard run allowed Gunnison to take the lead back for good with 11:44 left in the fourth quarter. The Cowboys added an insurance touchdown later in the period.Roaring Fork 42, Cedaredge 7The Rams maintained their share of first place with a 42-7 shellacking of winless Cedaredge Friday night. Roaring Fork must beat Basalt to guarantee a the playoff berth due to a loss earlier this season to Gunnison.No other information on Friday’s game was available at press time.Grand Valley 32, Plateau Valley 7Quarterback Richard Gallegos connected with three different receivers for touchdowns to lead Grand Valley to a 32-7 romp over Plateau Valley in the Cardinals’ last home game of the season Friday in Parachute.Grand Valley (3-3 Class A, Western Slope Conference, 4-4 overall), never trailed in the contest.The Cardinals broke open a tight 7-6 contest by scoring twice in the second quarter. Both touchdowns came on Gallegos’ passes.His first, a 20-yard strike to Dylan Lindauer came with 8 minutes, 54 seconds left in the first half. Ahead 14-7 after a successful two-point run by Danny Manzanares, Gallegos hit Sam McKinley with a 4-yard pass with 2:36 left to go up 20-7.McKinley also had a strong game defensively, intercepting three Plateau Valley passes.Gallegos’ final TD pass – a 14-yarder to Justin Busch came 38 seconds into the fourth quarter. The final score came on a 7-yard run by Bush with 6:50 left.The sophomore quarterback connected on 8 of 12 passes for 126 yards. Manzanares led all runners with 138 yards on 22 carries. Lineman Jake Brubaker paced the defense with 12 tackles.Grand Valley concludes the regular season Friday at Meeker.
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