Last week's big 42-0 win over Dolores in football, and any other happenings in sports, was anti-climactic to the previous week's events. The loss of Reid Gates was far more than a sports-related loss.
His passing on Sept. 9 due to carbon monoxide poisoning leaves a void that has affected countless lives in and around the community of Cedaredge.
There were students from many of the nearby schools in Delta County, and other out-of-county schools whom Reid Gates had graced with his presence in one way or another who were in attendance at last Friday night's football game with Dolores High School. The same was true of the cele-bration of life services for Reid on Saturday afternoon in the gymnasium of Cedaredge High School.
The message throughout the ceremony was not so much the athlete Reid Gates, but rather the person Reid Gates. He was an ambassador of goodwill to everyone he came in contact with.
There aren't enough words in the dictionary to describe a person like Reid Gates. His presence and actions in daily interactions more than justify why he meant so much to so many people.
The Cedaredge Bruins' football team played with dignity and a passion against the Bears of Dolores on Sept. 13.
The coin-toss prior to game action was poignant. Cedaredge seniors Taber Anderson, Kyle Ward, Trent Walker and Peter Williamson walked to the center of the field at the 50-yard line carrying Reid Gates' number 22 jersey with them for the coin toss.
Dolores won the coin toss but deferred to the Bruins who chose to receive the ball for the game's first possession.
After receiving the opening kickoff, Cedaredge marched the ball 69 yards using just four plays and 40 seconds of the game clock to score the game's first touchdown. Quarterback Trent Walker finished the drive with a 12-yard scamper to paydirt. Bryce Klaseen booted the extra point to give the Bruins a 7-0 lead.
Cedaredge got the ball back following a bad snap to the Bears' punter. Shortly afterward, the Bruins gave the ball back to Dolores on an interception to thwart the potential scoring drive.
A fumble by the Bears gave Cedaredge the ball right back at the Bruins' 48-yard line. This time Cedaredge managed to keep the ball and scored its second touchdown of the game when Xander Camp scooted the final 4 yards of a 52-yard drive. Klaseen's kick gave the Bruins a 14-0 lead in the first period of play.
Cedaredge added its third score of the game in the first five seconds of the second period. A 32-yard pass from Walker to Kyle Ward made the score 26-0 with 11:56 left before halftime. Klaseen's kick made it 21-0.
After the break, Cedaredge added a touchdown on Walker's second score on a 4-yard run and with the Klaseen kick, the Bruins stretched their lead to 28-0.
Cedaredge finished the game the way it had started, with 14 points in the final stanza.
The Bruins' fifth score of the game came on Camp's second touchdown run of the game. This score came from 20 yards out to give Cedaredge a 35-0 lead following Klaseen's PAT.
The game's final score was on a 2-yard run by Peter Williamson. The kick by Klaseen made the final score 42-0.
Williamson was the Bruins' top rushing leader with 13 carries for 114 yards and one touchdown. Camp was next with 57 yards on seven carries and a pair of touchdowns, with Walker running the ball six times for 37 yards and two touchdowns.
In the passing department, Walker attempted 24 passes and completed 15 of them for 145 yards and one touchdown. Walker's favorite target against the Bears was senior Kyle Ward who caught nine passes for 116 yards and one touchdown.
Defensively, senior Beau Hebert and junior Corey Reynolds had four tackles, with senior Taber Anderson adding another three.
Cedaredge players with two tackles each included seniors Mickey Madaleno and Ward and junior Jake Arter.
Senior Alejandro Alejandre recorded two fumble recoveries and a sack for the Bruins' defensive unit. Alejandre kicked off seven times for 354 yards and three touchbacks.blog comments powered by Disqus