The Hotchkiss Bulldogs finished the season in second place in the 1A Western Slope Conference after a 28-point shutout win at Meeker Friday night.
With starting quarterback Devan Rupe out for the season, and Hotchkiss still recovering from its shutout loss to Paonia a week earlier, Bulldogs head coach Zac Lemon turned to senior Tanner Bizer.
Prior to Friday's game, the senior wide receiver and back-up quarterback had completed one of two passes for 3 yards. As a wide receiver, he was four of five for 48 yards and one touchdown.
"He did what he was expected to do and more," said Lemon of Bizer's performance.
By Saturday, the senior also had added 11 more completions for 103 yards and one touchdown pass, and had scored two more touchdowns on the ground, this time as starting quarterback. Bizer was relaxed and smiling while watching his sister play volleyball Saturday at the district playoffs.
Bizer scored his first touchdown run midway through the first quarter to put the Dogs on the scoreboard.
In the second quarter, Bizer connected on a 5-yard pass play to Chris Allen; Ryan Hafley's PAT gave them a 14-0 lead.
Bizer ran for a second 1-yard touchdown late in the second quarter, and Hafley, who was 4-4 in PATs, kicked his third extra point of the day to put Hotchkiss ahead 21-0 going into the half.
Meeker was also without its starting quarterback, Jake Phelan, who is out for the season with a broken leg. Cowboy junior Raul Lopez, an option quarterback, was able to move the ball for the Cowboys.
But the Hotchkiss defense, which held Meeker to 62 yards rushing and 87 yards in the air, was outstanding, said Lemon.
River Panish rushed for 64 yards and one touchdown in 14 carries. Duncan Turnbull added 52 yards to the Bulldogs' running game, and Alex Smith contributed 34 yards.
On defense, Caleb Schelle had two sacks, and Michael Nault added one. Sophomore Jaden Simpson had a 36-yard carry on the night's only interception.
The game was a good one to end the season on and take into playoffs, said Lemon. "That's what we were looking for."
Hotchkiss finished the season with a 7-2 overall, 4-1 record. The Bulldogs host Burlington (6-3, 5-1 South Central conference) this Saturday at 1 p.m. Coach Lemon and the Bulldogs have a history with Burlington, which claimed the state title in 2011. In 2010 they eliminated Hotchkiss from the playoffs with a 20-13 win in the quarterfinals.blog comments powered by Disqus