Conifer edges Eagle Valley, 28-27
Devils fall to 0-2
Eagle Valley football overcame an early 14-0 deficit against Conifer during their home opener on Friday night at Gypsum’s John Ramunno Field, but couldn’t hang on, losing to the Lobos, 28-27.
Eagle Valley’s defense looked lost and Conifer dominated early with Lobos running-back Noah Wagner getting to the edge early and often.
Once Wagner had the corner, he was off to the races. Wagner plunged in from the Devils’ 4 with 5:07 left in the first quarter. He made it 14-0 with a 70-yard rumble at the end of the period.
While the Devils’ defense steadied itself, Devils quarterback Will Geiman and the offense got rolling. Geiman kick-started things with a 40-yard run. He capped a 74-yard touchdown march with a 10-yard pass to Eric Hasley to make it 14-6.
The Eagle Valley junior quarterback looked even more comfortable in the pocket on his team’s last drive of the first half. Geiman dialed up Anthony Vasquez twice as well as Erich Petersen and Hasley.
On third-and-8 from the Lobos’ 17, Geiman to Vasquez meant the end zone, trimming the Lobos’ lead to 14-13.
In the second half, the Devils seemed to be taking over. Eagle Valley’s defense produced a three-and-out, giving the Devils the ball on their own 38. One play later, Eagle Valley was in the end zone. Geiman found Petersen out on the right flat and that in itself would have been a nice 5- to 7-yard gain. But then Petersen started bobbing and weaving. Cutting against the grain, Petersen turned on the jets and found the house.
Eagle Valley seemed to have Conifer in a spot with the Lobos starting a possession on their own 2. Instead of ceding field position, Wagner burst 98 yards for a touchdown and with the extra point Conifer took a 21-20 lead.
The Devils answered with an impressive drive of their own. Hard running from Daniel Gallegos and Sebastian Witt set up fourth-and-3 at the Conifer 18. Geiman called his own number and looked to be struggling to make the 15, but he found a seam. Geiman bounced out and got not only the necessary three yards, but 18 for a touchdown.
Leading 27-21, the Devils’ defense was able to stop Conifer once, but not twice. Behind Wagner, the Lobos scored with 2:05 left to tie it at 27. The point after gave Conifer a 28-27 lead.
The Devils’ last gasp ended with an interception.
Eagle Valley hosts Frederick a week from today at 1 p.m. in Gypsum.
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