Kent Denver spoils Eagle Valley’s opener
Eagle Valley football
Kent Denver 21 6 14 0 — 41
Eagle Valley 0 0 0 0 — 0
K — Joey Licht to Conrad Yost, 35 pass (Quinn Voboril good), 9:45.
K — Chalres McKissick, 7 run, (Voboril good), 7:46.
K — Licht to Zach Schlichting, 33 pass (Voboril good), 0:41.
K — McKissick, 21 run, (Voboril no good), 7:47.
K — Licht, 1 run, (Voboril good), 9:40.
K — Licht to Seven Lindsey (Voboril good), 3:22.
GYPSUM — The Devils were due on Friday night as the Sun Devils of Kent Denver defeated Eagle Valley football, 41-0, at John Ramunno Field in Gypsum.
Before all Devils football fans declare a national emergency after the season opener, do keep in mind that Kent Denver is ranked No. 1 in the 2A chsaanow.com poll and a perennial postseason power.
Eagle Valley struggled with play in the trenches — the Sun Devils dominated on both sides of the ball — and in turnovers.
Kent Denver and Eagle Valley traded fumbles in the first quarter. The visitors took over the ball on the Devils’ 35-yard line and needed only one play to find the end zone.
Kent quarterback Joey Licht found Conrad Yost for a 35-yard strike. The Sun Devils were again in business after Will Morland picked off Devils quarterback Jesse Moser on Eagle Valley’s next possession.
In fairness to Moser, it appeared that he was throwing to a space where he expected a receiver to be. That’s going to happen during Week 1.
The Sun Devils went via the ground game for their second touchdown. Charles McKissick rumbled in from eight yards out.
Another interception — this time by Kent’s Dylan Wells — set up the final score of the first quarter. Licht hit Zach Schlichting for 33 yards and a score.
Eagle Valley’s defense looked better when not facing short fields as the game progressed. Noah Neas came up with a fumble recovery. Zach Carvil sniffed out a Kent screen play and threw the Sun Devils receiver for a loss. Jake Cossette also had a key breakup of a Sun Devils pass late in the second quarter.
The turnover bug hit Eagle Valley again to start the second half. Kent’s defense grabbed an errant pitch and returned it to the Devils’ 3.
Licht called his own number for a rushing touchdown to push the lead to 34-0.
The Sun Devils triggered the running clock with a 41-yard scamper from Josh McDonald. Kent hurried to the line of scrimmage and caught Eagle Valley napping.
Licht threw his third scoring strike of the night — this one for 23 yards to Seven Lindsey.
Eagle Valley (0-1) heads to Erie next week.
Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934, firstname.lastname@example.org and @cfreud.