The Hotchkiss football team got a glimpse of what they're capable of Friday night in its non-conference 42-6 win over Dolores. Head coach Curtis Hintz said that for a season-opener, he liked what he saw. "They played fast and they played physical, which you always like to see," said Curtis. "And they executed really well."
In his first game starting at quarterback, Chase Hiatt threw for 119 yards, connecting on four of six passes, including three touchdown passes to Colton Peebles. Peebles scored five of six Bulldog touchdowns for the night, and led the team in rushing with 105 yards.
In her first game, junior Kaiya Firor was six for six in PATs.
The Dogs rushed for 187 yards, with Devin Curtis powering ahead for 35 yards, Jace Peebles for 25, and Hiatt for 22 yards. Peebles scored his first touchdown, a 55-yard run, on the Bulldogs' second possession of the game. With six minutes remaining in the first quarter, Curtis carried the ball to inside the 10-yard line, setting up the first of two touchdown passes from Hiatt to Peebles.
A forced fumble against the Bears on the Hotchkiss 20-yard line by Malykai Klaseen with two minutes, 22 seconds remaining in the first quarter set up a touchdown run by senior Braxton Trujillo and a 28-0 Bulldog lead.
Despite being down a couple of starting players, the Bears put up some good defense, said Hintz. Early in the second half the Bears gained possession on downs inside their own 10-yard line. The Bulldog defense held on, with Nolan Egging recovering a Bears fumble inside the five-yard line to set up the final Peebles touchdown of the night and starting the running clock with just under eight minutes remaining in the third quarter.
Hintz credited defensive coordinator Doug Horton for having well-prepared players in time for the game. The Bears scored their one touchdown, a nine-yard carry, with most of the Bulldogs' number two players, and with just under three minutes remaining in the game.
It was nice to get that first game out of the way, said Hintz. They have a few things to clean up, "and that early-season conditioning? We've got to get in a little better shape."
This Friday's game is at Coal Ridge (New Castle). The Titans lost, 30-7, to Meeker, which is ranked second in the state in early-season rankings.
Two fatal accidents occurred in Delta County within a two-day span last week.
Casey Gillenwater, 25, of Delta was killed the afternoon of Wednesday, Sept. 13, in a single-vehicle rollover on Highway 133 outside of Hotchkiss.