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Eagle Valley runs over Panthers

Ian Cropp

CORTEZ – Eagle Valley football never really got off the bus. After a long ride to Cortez, the Devils drove all over the Panthers.And boy did they drive fast.”We won the coin toss, took the kickoff, and went all the way down the field,” said Eagle Valley coach John Ramunno.Chris Harvey capped off the drive with an 8-yard touchdown run.”I ran the ball on that drive to see if they could stop our run,” Ramunno said.The Devils did most of the stopping, but it was after they reached the end zone, and on their own accord. Sean Matheson led the team with 211 yards on seven carries.”The first four times he carried the ball, he got tackled, but the last three times he went the distance,” Ramunno said.Matheson had touchdown runs of 53, 44, and 90 yards. He even used his feet in a vertical manner, recording a 40-yard punt.Quarterback Mike Medsker ran the option on one play, and went for a 58-yard score. Medsker also threw for one touchdown, a 78-yard connection to Cody Comerford.With all of the big plays, the Devils had only six first downs all game.Stopping CortezEagle Valley’s starting defense stifled Cortez for most of the game. “We started out well, and then when we made substitutions and allowed them to get stuff going,” Ramunno said.The Devils linebackers did a good job gobbling up the Panthers running backs. Kylan Kottenstette, who leads the team in tackles on the season with 51, had 11 on the game. Maurice Mitchell had a team-high 12 tackles, while Nick Whithead had nine.”Our defensive scheme was aimed at protecting our linebackers and keeping Cortez’s big lineman away from them,” Ramunno said.Defensive back Mason Ewing also had a busy night with 11 tackles.Around the edgesTrue to Ramunno’s request, the Devils did not have any turnovers all night. In fact, they had three interceptions. Tim Peters, Mitchell had interceptions on passes, while Will Britt picked off an inside pitch.Britt, who plays center and defensive line, also made four extra points.Ramunno was happy with his team’s play and discipline”We only had one penalty – that was huge,” Ramunno said. “I was most impressed by the way they made a long road trip and had the maturity to keep composure.”Eagle Valley faces archrival Battle Mountain, Friday at 7 p.m. at Hot Stuff Stadium.Sports Writer Ian Cropp can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 608, or icropp@vaildaily.com.Vail, Colorado