Eagle Valley pounds Delta, 50-19, Devils move to 7-1 on season
GYPSUM Back at Hot Stuff stadium, the Devils offense couldn’t be watered down on Friday night. The Devils scored on their first five drives en route to a 50-19 victory over Delta.Unlike last week when the Devils played on a waterlogged Steamboat Springs field, Eagle Valley had no problems moving the football down the field.”This is a nice field,” said Eagle Valley coach John Ramunno. “We could make some cuts and were able to throw it pretty well, too.”Only the endzone and the clock stopped the Devils offense in the first half, as they stormed out to a 36-7 lead. Eagle Valley ate up the clock with long drives, a rarity for an offense that breaks long plays for scores.”We are used to big plays, but we love those long drives too,” said the Devils’ Cody Comerford.While the offense exploded early, the defense picked up right where it left off last week.On the Panthers’ first five drives, the Devils only surrendered one first down.”They are great on defense, too,” Delta coach Bruce Keith said of Eagle Valley. “They did a great job of stopping the run, and we were forced to throw the ball.”By the end of the second quarter, Ramunno had his second offensive unit on the field.”Everyone got reps,” said Eagle Valley’s Klyan Kottenstette. “Even some of the freshman got in.”
PerfectEagle Valley’s first string offense scored six touchdowns on six drives throughout the night.”You really can’t ask for anything more than that,” Ramunno said.The Devils first score of the night came when Michael Medsker rolled out and completed a pass to Tim Peters, who went 42 yards for the score. Medsker would finish the night 5-for-5 with 71 yards.Using the option with proficiency, Medsker ran the ball six times for 73 yards. On his 33-yard touchdown run, Medsker faked a handoff, and hid the ball on his hip, fooling most of the Panthers.”You can tell he’s a real smart player,” Ramunno said of Medsker, who hasn’t thrown an interception since the second game of the season.The Devils spread out the offense among the usual cast in the backfield. Kenny Slaughter had a 2-yard touchdown run, Chris Harvey had an 18-yard touchdown run, Sean Matheson had two touchdown runs, one for 56 yards and Alex Dorothy had a 12-yard touchdown run.”It was fun running the ball,” said Harvey. “The line was making huge holes. Once the lead blockers go the first hole, I followed them off that block.”The offensive line, led by Kenny Slaughter, Will Britt, and Kottenstette, were quick to their blocks all night.”We could have run the ball 100 yards down the field all night,” Kottenstette said. “A lot of things were working.”
It seemed like every Devils got to touch the ball except for offensive lineman Louis Romersheuser.”He’ll probably be bugging me about that next week his little refrigerator play or something,” Ramunno said.One thing the Devils were extra happy to see working was the kicking game. Jason Mireles was 3-for-4 on extra points, and booted a 35-yard field goal with room to spare. “The kicking game is big, because you can see how one point can change your whole season,” Harvey said. Second half spark Delta strung together two long drives in the second half to cut the score to 36-19 with 9:30 left in the fourth quarter. On both those drives, Delta quarterback Kevin Osborne found Jeff Daniels on key plays to move the chains.”They did a real good job of catching the ball,” Ramunno said.Daniels also did a good job of preventing an interception in the fourth quarter. Osborne threw a deep ball that Comerford had in his hands, but a hard hit by Daniels knocked the ball out of Comerford’s hands.Delta mustered scores against the Eagle Valley’s first defense, which stayed in for most of the game.”Our defensive line and linebackers play unbelievable, and made the secondary look good, but in the second half we got kind of lit up,” Kottenstette said.
Again, Kottenstette led the Devils in tackles with nine. Comerford and Peters each had eight tackles, Nick Whitehead had seven and Kenny Bortz had six.The Panthers ate up most of the clock in the second half, but the game was out of reach by halftime. Eagle Valley had two interceptions, one by Comerford in the first half, and one by Kevin Mansfield late in the fourth quarter. Road to playoffsFriday, the Devils will try to secure a home playoff game as they travel to Glenwood Springs.”Glenwood is one of our biggest rivals,” Comerford said. “We’ve played against them since middle school.”While the Devils don’t want to overlook Glenwood, they are looking forward to finishing the season at home against first-place Palisade.”Palisade will be our mini state championship,” Kottenstette said.Ramunno loves how his team plays at home, but has thinks his team does just as well on the road. Glenwood, fortunately, isn’t that far down the road.”Playing in Glenwood is kind of like having a home game, because you don’t even get settled on the bus and you are there,” Ramunno said.