Devils football rushes past Hotchkiss
Eagle Valley rolled into Hotchkiss at dusk Friday, and were forced to stick to a ground-dominated offense because of a poor-lighting system. And, the Devils ran on the backs of their running backs to a 33-20 victory.
The Devils only attempted seven passes in the entire game.
“It was a pretty good football game,” said Eagle Valley coach John Ramunno. “We were tied with Hotchkiss at the half, but we had a lot of offense.”
The Devils started the game off with a big drive, which Steve Evancho capped with a four-yard touchdown run. Brad Gamble scored the extra point.
The Devils shut down the Bulldogs’ drive, and Gamble ran a touchdown in from the 17-yard line.
However, Eagle Valley’s 14-0 first-quarter lead didn’t last long.
The Bulldogs returned the Devils kickoff for a touchdown, but Chris Harvey blocked the Bulldogs’ extra-point attempt.
Hotchkiss scored another touchdown, and converted a two-point conversion before the half ended.
Eagle Valley bolted into the second half with a safety from linebacker Sean Bartlett.
“The biggest play of the game was probably off an option from Bartlett to Jared Schlegel, who took the ball down to the five-yard line on a big drive in the fourth quarter,” said Ramunno.
The Devils had three fumbles in the game, which hurt their momentum.
Linebacker Tim Reitz and defensive tackle Charles Faulhaber led the team with 11 tackles apiece. Defensive tackle Evaristo Jara had 10 tackles.
Schlegel led the team with 210 yards rushing on 18 carries, which gave him a grand total of 610 rushing yards on the year. Evancho had 71 rushing yards. Reitz had 68 yards. Gamble had 26 rushing yards and Bartlett added 23.
The Devils improved their league record to 3-0, and their overall record to 4-1.
“It was good to come out of this one with a win,” said Ramunno. “We have four league games left. Two of them are solid road games against Gunnison and Roaring Fork.”
Eagle Valley hosts Basalt Friday at 7 p.m.
Devils volleyball loses close one
Eagle Valley lost no confidence in its 2-3 loss – 25-19, 15-25, 25-21, 22-25, 12-15 – Friday to Hotchkiss.
For one, the Devils took the rally-scoring match to five games.
Secondly, Eagle Valley came very close to winning the match in both the fourth game and the fifth game.
Finally, Hotchkiss is undefeated, and the Devils battled it out until the end on the Bulldogs’ home court.
“We played up to our potential and stuck together as a team,” said back-court specialist Shannon Aragon. “In our down moments, the team came together and encouraged each other. We didn’t have the momentum we should have at times, but at home, in our own gym, things might have been different.”
It was a back-and-forth match with a plethora of long volleys.
As a team, Eagle Valley had 76 digs. Kenzie Shreeve led the team with 27 digs, Mariah Scott had 17, Aragon had 12 and Trista Sandoval posted 11.
“We had a lot of digs from the back row because they had a lot of big hitters,” said senior captain Sandoval. “We had our peaks and our downfalls, but we need to come out of this and be ready to play (today against Vail Mountain School and Meeker).”
Junior Whitney Donohue led the Devils with four aces and 47 assists.
Shreeve led the offense with 35 kills. Sandoval added seven kills.
“It was a great match. There were a lot of long rallies and hard-fought, scrappy points,” said Eagle Valley coach Karl Talcott. “They (Hotchkiss) were tough. They’re not easy to get balls down on. They’re undefeated on the season and they showed why.”
Eagle Valley hosts Meeker at today at 10:30 a.m. Vail Mountain School plays Meeker at noon today at Eagle Valley. And, the Devils host the Gore Rangers at 1:30 p.m.
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