Devils send message with win
“It’s a nice way to start the conference with a good solid team win,” Devils head coach John Ramunno said. “I think it’s always going to be a team thing with these guys.”
Cedaredge (2-0) was touted as the league favorite, but left without its starting quarterback who was suspended for the game, the Bruins failed to pose any serious threat.
On the Devils’ first possession, Alvis took a pitch left 56 yards down the sideline to put Eagle Valley ahead for good. The Devils (3-0, 1-0 in conference) have yet to trail any part of any game this season. The closest the Bruins would come was midway through the first half, when a fumbled punt return by Alvis allowed Cedaredge (2-1, 0-1) to close the score to 13-7.
Two possessions later, Alvis redeemed himself by scoring his third touchdown off a 17-yard pass from senior quarterback Justin Wood as the Devils shot ahead 20-7.
“It’s our offensive line,” said Wood, who completed 5 of 10 passes for 113 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. “That was the key. Without the line, it’s not me. It’s all about the line.”
Just before halftime, the Devils got the ball back and drove 60 yards in 20 seconds, capping the assault with a 25-yard toss to senior running back Craig Jagger for a touchdown. Jagger also scored the Devils’ last touchdown on a 15-yard jaunt that left the Bruins defense wondering where, and how, they slipped out of their jocks.
But while Alvis (seven carries, 84 yards and three receptions for 70 yards) and Jagger (seven carries, 26 yards and two catches for 43 yards) benefitted, it was the line, like Wood said, that deserved the credit. The front seven made their point all day against an overmatched Bruins defense.
“Our offense is awesome,” senior lineman Danny Rivera said. “There’s always going to be a play that works. It’s just a matter of finding it.”
Down by three scores, the Bruins controlled the ball for 10 minutes in the third quarter behind the strong running of sophomore Mike Saavedra, who rushed for 50 yards on 15 carries, all after halftime. Backup quarterback Nate Haramen connected with Kurt Kisner on a 12-yard touchdown pass to cut the lead to 26-13 with six minutes left in the game. That’s when Alvis found the ultimate working play.
On the ensuing kickoff, the senior exploded through the wedge on his way to a 75-yard game-breaking touchdown.
“That was a big play,” Ramunno said. “It’s hard to defend that kind of speed.”
Eagle Valley’s defense controlled the last six minutes of the game, ending two Cedaredge drives with failed fourth-down conversions. After the game, the confused Bruins coach wouldn’t comment, only making a reference to a butt being booted.
Unfortunately for the Cedaredge Bruins, it was theirs.
The Devils travel to Olathe Friday for their first road game of the season.
NOTES: Wood also rushed for 29 yards on five carries for the game and recovered a first-half fumble that led to the Devils score before halftime… Sophomore Alex Gamble took snaps for the Devils on their last possession… Rivera also recorded a sack on the day, as did senior Pat Kohl.