Hotchkiss upped its league record to 2-0 Friday with a 47-18 Homecoming win over Lake County.
The Bulldogs held Lake County to three-and-out on their first two possessions.
On their second possession of the game, Bulldog Alex Smith broke loose for long yardage to set up a 12-yard touchdown pass from Devan Rupe to Hank Edwards in the end zone and put Hotchkiss on the scoreboard. Ryan Hafley's first of six PATs failed.
The Panthers recovered a fumble and broke into Bulldog territory when Caleb Schelle picked off a pass by Panther quarterback Zack Taylor and returned the ball 75 yards for the score. Rupe connected with Ross LeValley on the two-point conversion and Hotchkiss led 14-0 with 5:58 remaining in the period.
Smith, who averaged more than 16 yards per carry, ran the ball for a 17-yard touchdown and Hafley split the uprights on the PAT to end the first period with a 21-0 lead.
Lake County scored early in the second period on a 1-yard keeper by Taylor. The Panthers failed to connect on the conversion and trailed 21-6 with 9:11 remaining in the half.
Hotchkiss put together two more scoring drives before halftime homecoming festivities began. Rupe connected with Chris Allen on a 12-yard touchdown play, and Hafley's PAT was good.
Rupe later connected with Allen on a 13-yard pass into the end zone, but the play was called back. Two plays later, Rupe connected with Tanner Bizer on a 10-yard pass play with 5.6 seconds left on the clock for a 34-6 halftime lead.
Rupe opened the second half with a 45-yard touchdown pass to River Panish for a 47-6 lead.
The Panthers connected on two more touchdown passes, but failed both conversion attempts.
Rupe completed four of 12 passes for 46 yards and three touchdowns, and rushed 41 yards in four carries. Duncan Turnbull had seven carries for 66 yards and one touchdown.
Edwards had two receptions for 12 yards and one touchdown. Panish had two sacks and one interception against the Panthers.
The Bulldogs are one of three teams to end the week with a 5-1 overall record. Hotchkiss is in a tie with Paonia's Eagles for first place in the 1A Western Slope Conference. The Bulldogs are on the road and face Roaring Fork (2-4, 0-2) Friday at Carbondale.blog comments powered by Disqus