Mancos tops Sargent, units up colossal conflict
When the soccer schedules had been launched through the summer time, you’ll be able to guess that loads of individuals circled Friday, Oct. 7 on their calendar.
With a pair of high 5 groups and a possible league title on the road, Mancos (5-1, 1-0 Mountain League) will get set to host Dove Creek (6-0, 1-0 Mountain League) below the Bluejay Area lights this week for a 7 p.m. assembly between the eight-man powerhouses.
Each the Bulldogs and Bluejays comfortably cleared their remaining hurdles – and league openers – within the leadup to their thrilling encounter. Dove Creek blasted No. 10 Sanford 50-8, whereas Mancos made brief work of Sargent, 60-6, within the every of this system’s respective homecoming video games.
Dove Creek introduced the sport to the Mustangs (4-2, 0-1 Mountain League) proper from the opening kickoff. After stuffing the opening Sanford drive, Dove Creek required one play to supply the sport’s first factors. Senior Kendall Gardner raced alongside the sideline 65 yards behind a convoy of blockers to present the hosts a 6-0 benefit.
On the next Sanford possession, junior Taber Dejane stepped in entrance of a third-down move from Sanford quarterback Money Caldon, taking the interception again 40 yards to double the lead.
From there, the Bulldogs pulled away – senior quarterback Kade Hankins slipped free for a 13-yard rating halfway by way of the opening quarter to construct an 18-0 lead, earlier than Gardner broke free for his second long term of the afternoon – a 70-yard dash – to make it 26-0. Head coach Shane Baughman’s Bulldogs would add yet another rating earlier than the break, a 15-yard move from Hankins discovered senior Cole Taber, and Dove Creek held a 34-0 lead.
Sanford scored their lone landing proper earlier than halftime on a Caldon rush, however the Bulldogs headed to the intermission on high, 34-8.
Homecoming courtroom – Hankins as king, and senior volleyball standout Trista Barnett as queen – had been named at halftime, earlier than the Bulldogs returned to the sphere to complete off the Mustangs.
Junior Tyson Beanland blocked a Sanford punt within the third quarter, and senior Audric Chadd fell on the ball ultimately zone, earlier than Hankins linked with Dejane from 37 yards to push the Bulldogs to the half-century mark on the scoreboard.
Dove Creek’s protection dominated all day, led by seniors Quaden Huffaker and Dustin Glover, who each piled up large sort out numbers.
In the meantime, in Mancos, junior Kail Wayman discovered the tip zone 4 instances in a decisive first half, because the Bluejays bought everybody into the act of their complete win over Sargent (2-3, 0-1 Mountain League).
Throughout the board, the Bluejays and Bulldogs seem to have an incredible variety of nice match-ups after they line up subsequent Friday night time, that includes sturdy offensive and defensive traces, efficient floor video games, and seasoned signal-callers. The Bluejays have taken 5 of the previous six conferences with Dove Creek, however every of their previous three encounters have been determined by one rating, together with Mancos’ 22-14 street victory in 2021. Dove Creek’s final journey to Mancos resulted in a 18-14 Bulldog victory in 2020. In truth, the street crew has received the previous three match-ups within the collection.
Bluejay Area will probably be anticipating a packed home on Friday night time, and for individuals who can’t make it in individual, the competition can even be carried on native radio station 98.7 FM KRTZ and on krtzradio.com.