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Eagles sink Pirates in 42-7 blowout win
Eagles sink Pirates in 42-7 blowout win

If there was any question whether Paonia could adjust to a new coaching staff and play as one unit, the answer may be found in its 42-7 routing of Olathe.

For the Pirates, who were coming off of a seven-point win over Cedaredge, it marked their first conference loss of the season.

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Bruins lose on road to 1A WSL leader

A formidable task was assigned to the Cedaredge football team last week. It was scheduled to face 1A WSL leader Meeker (in Meeker, 3-0 and 7-0).

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Delta gridders beat Cortez

Even the weather cooperated in aiding Delta High School's football team to earn a victory over visiting Montezuma-Cortez last Thursday evening. Clear skies and cool temperatures made the 2A Intermountain League contest an enjoyable experience.

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Hotchkiss doesn't give up in grid loss to Paonia
Hotchkiss doesn't give up in grid loss to Paonia

The North Fork Bowl trophy will remain at Paonia High School for a fifth consecutive year after the Eagles defeated rival Hotchkiss Friday night by a score of 28-21.

Eagles quarterback Caden Meilner had one of his best nights of the season, completing six of seven passes for 127 yards and one touchdown, running for two touchdowns, and going four-for-four in PATs.

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Delta's late field goal earns 18-15 grid win

Delta's back was to the wall and it needed a gridiron win last Friday night in Alamosa. The Mean Moose, ranked 11th in Class 2A football, had impressive credentials coming into the game.

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Pirates win grid tilt 21-14

A perfect night for football provided the backdrop for last Friday night's 1A WSL prep football contest between the visiting Cedaredge Bruins and Olathe's Pirates.

Cedaredge kept pace with the second-place Pirates for much of the game with an early miscue changing momentum for the Bruins.

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Pagosa Springs rushes past Panthers 26-7

With a threat of rain, and lightning off in the distance, last Friday night's Homecoming football game should have been more exciting and entertaining for Delta faithful. The Panthers were lethargic on offense and their defense was unable to stop Pagosa Springs' offense when it needed to be stopped.

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'Dogs fall in league grid tilt

The Hotchkiss Bulldogs opened the conference season Friday night with a disappointing 36-7 loss at Meeker.

The reigning league champion Cowboys put all of their points on the board in the first half.

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Paonia tops Bruins, 49-8

For Paonia fans, Friday night's conference-opening win was another victory under a new coaching staff and in a season dubbed "New Year, New Team, One Dream."

For Cedaredge fans, it was a long night that ended in a 49-8 loss.

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Eagles 3-1 heading into league grid play
Eagles 3-1 heading into league grid play

The Paonia Eagles barely broke a sweat Friday night in their 55-0 homecoming win over Roaring Fork.

It was a much different game from the week before when the Eagles fumbled the ball away on their first two possessions.

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Cedaredge routs 2A foe Gunnison 41-16
Cedaredge routs 2A foe Gunnison 41-16

Under favorable skies last Friday night, Cedaredge High School rolled up 262 total yards on its way to a convincing 41-16 1A WSL win over the Cowboys in Gunnison.

Seniors Pedro Madaleno and Ty Grant ran for 51 and 50 yards respectively as Cedaredge compiled 208 yards on the ground.

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Palisade sneaks past Panthers
Palisade sneaks past Panthers

Delta and Palisade renewed a long-time gridiron rivalry last Friday night in Delta. A warm, partly cloudy evening with a few sprinkles, did not deter fans from enjoying a hard-fought prep football game.

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Curtis runs for three 'Dogs' TDs
Curtis runs for three 'Dogs' TDs

Devin Curtis ran for 72 yards and three touchdowns in 13 carries in the Hotchkiss Bulldogs' 44-0 win Saturday against Vail Christian.

Colton Peebles carried for 219 yards and one touchdown in 23 carries.

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Gillenwater honored at halftime

During halftime of the Paonia Homecoming football game, former Eagles quarterback Casey Gillenwater was honored in words and in spirit. Gillenwater was killed in a truck wreck on Sept. 13. He was a 2011 PHS graduate and in 2010 was crowned Homecoming king.

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Montrose JV provides challenge in Bulldogs' Homecoming victory
Montrose JV provides challenge in Bulldogs' Homecoming victory

The Bulldogs were without a Homecoming opponent after Center canceled its season due to a lack of players. They found a worthy opponent in the Montrose junior varsity squad.

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Paonia routs Rams; game dedicated to Gillenwater
Paonia routs Rams; game dedicated to Gillenwater

Despite fumbling the ball away on their first two possessions, the Paonia Eagles posted a 43-6 win Friday over Ridge View Academy.

"It was a good win, but it wasn't a great win," said head coach Blaine Escher.

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Delta gridders lose 35-7

Last week's journey to Basalt to play football did not play out the way the Panthers would have hoped. On a cold, rainy evening in Basalt, the host Longhorns scored 14 points in the opening quarter on their way to a 35-7 non-conference win.

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Bruin gridders win 28-12
Bruin gridders win 28-12

A quick start helped Cedaredge High School get by a scrappy Vail Christian football team at last Friday night's Homecoming game in Cedaredge.

A brisk evening greeted a full house of Bruins' fans for the opening kickoff. Vail Christian won the coin toss and elected to receive the ball to start the game.

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Paonia Eagles rout Rye 44-3; home opener Friday at 4 p.m.
Paonia Eagles rout Rye 44-3; home opener Friday at 4 p.m.

The Paonia Eagles are now 1-1 after a non-conference routing of Rye Friday night at Salida. The 44-3 win is the first for the Eagles under new head coach Blaine Escher.

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Bulldogs 1-1 heading into  week three of football season
Bulldogs 1-1 heading into week three of football season

The Hotchkiss Bulldogs are 1-1 heading into week three of the prep football season following a 14-26 non-conference loss to Class 2A's Coal Ridge Friday at New Castle.

Chase Hiatt connected on eight of 11 passes for 144 yards and one touchdown.

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Aspen's aerial assault overwhelms Bruins
Aspen's aerial assault overwhelms Bruins

The Cedaredge Bruins are still looking for their offensive mojo two weeks into the season. On Friday, Sept. 8, the Bruins suffered their second loss of the season, falling 40-0 to Aspen in a non-conference game.

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Delta boasts long-running fantasy football league
Delta boasts long-running fantasy football league

On Wednesday, the day before the first NFL football game of the season, owners gathered with their cheat sheets, analyzing player statistics, team rankings, rookie potential and position strength.

It's fantasy football season, with Michael Ripp leading the charge for the 30th straight year.

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Delta Panthers dominate Moffat County Bulldogs
Delta Panthers dominate Moffat County Bulldogs

Quarterback Drake Horn and receiver Colton Galvin connected on three long passes in the Panthers' throttling of Moffat County Friday night.

Horn racked up 170 passing yards and rushed for another 50 in the 40-7 victory. Galvin was credited with four receptions for 150 yards.

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Bulldog gridders play well

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.

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Eagles open grid year with six-point loss
Eagles open grid year with six-point loss

Paonia first-year head coach Blaine Escher was expecting last Friday's zero-week game at Centauri to be tough. Centauri returns a big senior class that includes two all-state honorable mention players.

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Bruins prepare for grid season in 2017
Bruins prepare for grid season in 2017

Cedaredge High School won the Class 1A State Football Championship (over Buena Vista 18-16) in 2012 and has built a tradition of excellence extending to last season's 8-3 season which saw the Bruins reach quarterfinal play before losing to eventual state champion Strasburg, 29-11. Strasburg went on to defeat Paonia 49-28 in semifinal action and dumped Meeker 34-14 in the finals.

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Panthers have solid line play, experience

The number of football players out in a given season can indicate how good a team has been over the years. Delta's Panthers boast 66 players on a roster which features enough experienced players to make another run at a state title.

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Bulldogs open against Dolores
Bulldogs open against Dolores

For Hotchkiss head coach Curtis Hintz, Chase Hiatt was the obvious choice for quarterback. "It's kind of a natural fit."

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Panther gridders lose 3-0 in OT at Durango
Panther gridders lose 3-0 in OT at Durango

A 21-20 loss a year ago had the Panthers thinking they could play even with a Durango team that returned a good portion of its team in 2017. Play well they did with the outcome not determined until an overtime period in Durango.

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New generation of coaches at PHS
New generation of coaches at PHS

PHS alumni Blaine Escher, Josh Burns and Lucas Wiggins will make up the majority of the Eagles coaching staff as the program heads into the post-Brent McRae era. Veteran coaches Don Holt and Scott Rienks will help with the transition.

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WSL 1A football players receive 2016 awards

Delta County's football teams were in the spotlight this fall with Paonia and Cedaredge going deep into the 1A state football playoffs.

Paonia fell to the eventual state champion, Strasburg, in semifinal action and the Bruins were eliminated by Strasburg in quarterfinal play, 29-11.

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Delta lands 12 on elite post-season grid team
Delta lands 12 on elite post-season grid team

Delta's Panthers were big winners during the 2A prep football season, finishing with an 8-4 season following a loss to Kent Denver in the Class 2A state football playoffs.

Delta picked up several more accolades in the post-season with the selection of 12 Panther football players to the 2016 2A Intermountain League All-Conference team.

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Eagles fall to SHS Indians
Eagles fall to SHS Indians

In the end, the Eagles just got worn out.

The football team from Paonia High School was up to the challenge but didn't have enough depth to beat an athletic and physical Strasburg team in the 1A state semifinals on Saturday.

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Delta gridders lose 21-14
Delta gridders lose 21-14

Delta's Panthers will have to settle for being one of the top four teams in Class 2A football in Colorado after falling, 21-14, to No. 6 Kent Denver last Saturday. The semifinal round game was played in Denver on a bright, sunny day on a field surrounded with snow.

No. 10 Delta stumbled on its first possession and punted the ball away after three plays.

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Strasburg uses airways to defeat Bruins, 29-11
Strasburg uses airways to defeat Bruins, 29-11

And then there were two......Meeker and Paonia. Cedaredge's 29-11 loss to No. 2 Strasburg, in Cedaredge, eliminated the Bruins from title contention in this year's 2A State Football Championships.

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Panthers beat Cougars 23-8
Panthers beat Cougars 23-8

Delta High School has advanced to the semifinal round of the 2016 Class 2A State Football Championships. The Panthers defeated No. 2 Resurrection Christian, which came into last Saturday's game undefeated (10-0), to earn a berth in the semifinals.

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Eagles hold on to beat Cougars; back in semis
Eagles hold on to beat Cougars; back in semis

It wasn't easy by any means, but the Eagles are one game away from playing in a fourth consecutive 1A state championship game.

The football team from Paonia High School got just enough big plays on both sides of the ball to defeat Burlington 22-20 in a quarterfinal game last Saturday afternoon at Paonia Town Park.

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Eagles dominate in playoffs
Eagles dominate in playoffs

The football team from Paonia High School saved its best game of the year for the first round of the playoffs.

The Eagles dominated from the opening kickoff until the end of the running clock and crushed perennial rival Buena Vista 51-6 last Friday night at Paonia Town Park.

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Delta beats Eagles 14-7
Delta beats Eagles 14-7

Delta High School's latest adventure was its first-ever sorte into the Class 2A state high school football championships last weekend. The Panthers, No. 10 seeded and 6-3 overall, traveled to Faith Christian High School to take on the No. 7, and 6-3, Eagles in first 2A first round playoff action.

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Bruins advance with 24-7 win at Ordway
Bruins advance with 24-7 win at Ordway

Cedaredge, Meeker and Paonia all move on in Class 1A state football championships. The No. 10 Bruins (8-2) defeated No. 7 Crowley County's Chargers (7-2), 24-7, last Saturday in Ordway in the first round play. No. 1 Meeker mowed down Ellicott (5-5) 43-6 and No. 3 Paonia (9-1) exacted revenge on Buena Vista (6-4) with a resounding 51-6 decision.

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Bruins earn 1A state football playoff berth
Bruins earn 1A state football playoff berth

Last Friday night's meeting between Cedaredge and Hotchkiss High Schools on the gridiron ended with a 43-6 win for the visiting Bruins.

Hotchkiss had the advantage passing with a 64-22 yard edge but Cedaredge was superior on the ground with 335 yards to just 87 for the Bulldogs.

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Eagles No. 3 playoff seed; face old foe
Eagles No. 3 playoff seed; face old foe

The Paonia High School football team is headed to the playoffs for the fourth year in a row and will face a familiar foe when the 1A state tournament kicks off this weekend.

The Eagles beat Grand Valley 42-8 at Paonia Town Park last Friday night, finishing the regular season 8-1.

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Panthers beat Cowboys; on to 2A state
Panthers beat Cowboys; on to 2A state

To say Delta was dominating would be an understatement in a 41-0 football win over Gunnison's Cowboys last Friday night in Gunnison.

Delta raced to a 21-0 lead after the first 12 minutes of play and then coasted the rest of the way in the must win game.

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Bruins get 39-0 grid win

With just one game remaining on their schedule, Cedaredge's Bruins are listed third in the 1A WSL football standings. Meeker, after its 12-7 conquest of Paonia last week, is firmly in first place with unbeaten records in both league (4-0) and overall (8-0).

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Wolverines tame Delta with 23-7 gridiron win
Wolverines tame Delta with 23-7 gridiron win

Last year's 2A state football champion played like they were champions last Friday night in Delta. The Wolverines from Bayfield limited Delta to 170 yards of offense and shut down the state's leading rusher, Damon Jensen, holding him to just 38 yards on 13 carries.

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Panther gridders win game, 42-6

Delta's Panthers had an easy time of their football contest in Cortez. Delta outscored the host Panthers 21-0 in each of the two quarters in the opening half. Tristan Brown scored two touchdowns on the ground while teammates Kole Roberts and Damon Jensen scored one each.

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Cardinals' big plays beat Hotchkiss in WSL action
Cardinals' big plays beat Hotchkiss in WSL action

The Bulldogs are learning that wins in the 1A Western Slope Conference are hard to come by.

The Hotchkiss High School football team twice led the game in the early stages but gave up too many big plays as the visiting Grand Valley Cardinals beat the Bulldogs 36-19 last Friday night.

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Pirates walk the plank
Pirates walk the plank

The Paonia High School football team keeps finding ways to win.

One week after just edging North Fork rival Hotchkiss 7-6, the Eagles shook off a sluggish start and dominated the second half in a 40-10 victory over Olathe last Friday night.

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Cowboys round up Bruins
Cowboys round up Bruins

Meeker's Cowboys share the top of 1A WSL football standings with Paonia after their 42-14 win in Cedaredge. Each have a 7-0 overall record and 3-0 league marks. The Bruins fell to 1-2 in league play and are now 5-2 overall.

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Defense dominates in NF
Defense dominates in NF

The annual North Fork football game between Paonia and Hotchkiss ended up being the closest game between the rival teams in recent history.

"They played hard, they played up to their ability and the level they're capable of," said Hotchkiss head coach Curtis Hintz.

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Delta outscores Maroons
Delta outscores Maroons

Alamosa's Maroons were in town for last Friday night's 2A Intermountain League football matchup and brought a 1-0 record with them. When they left, the Maroon had a 1-1 league record and had dropped to 3-3 overall following a 28-6 loss to Delta.

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Bruins earn 25-0 win over new 1A foe Olathe
Bruins earn 25-0 win over new 1A foe Olathe

The final score, 25-0, didn't reflect the true pulse of the game. A slow start, mixed with miscues on both sides of the ball, didn't deter Cedaredge's Bruins from claiming a 1A WSL victory over Olathe's Pirates last Friday night in Cedaredge.

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DHS gridders down Pirates

Delta High School made the long trek to Pagosa Springs last Friday and was rewarded for its effort with a 42-0 shutout over the Pirates. A running clock was initiated early in the fourth quarter as the Panthers picked up their third win of the season against two setbacks (Durango and Palisade).

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Eagles win gridiron test in Cedaredge, 35-21
Eagles win gridiron test in Cedaredge, 35-21

Last Friday's prep 1A football game between the state 1A number three team, Paonia, and the number seven team, Cedaredge, was a win for both teams in regards to half of play.

The Bruins dominated Paonia for the game's first 24 minutes and used two scores in the second quarter to take a 14-6 lead to the locker room for halftime.

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'Dogs lassoed by Cowboys
'Dogs lassoed by Cowboys

The Hotchkiss High School football team knew that competition in the 1A Western Slope Conference wasn't going to be easy.

The Bulldogs got a look at just how tough the league gets when No. 7 Meeker came to Hotchkiss and dominated from the opening kickoff till the last whistle in a 36-7 win last Friday night.

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Bruins earn 24-20 Homecoming victory
Bruins earn 24-20 Homecoming victory

Homecoming week was a successful event for Cedaredge sports venues. The Bruins' softball team defeated Gunnison on Tuesday and the volleyball team was a winner on Saturday.

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Bulldogs handle Delta, 41-17
Bulldogs handle Delta, 41-17

Delta, playing in its new 2A classification, wasn't able to keep up with 3A Palisade in a battle of fierce competitors last Thursday night at Stocker Stadium in Grand Junction. The Bulldogs scored the game's first two touchdowns to take an early 14-0 lead and then held on to outscore Delta 20-6 in the fourth quarter for a 41-17 non-conference victory.

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News and Notes from North Fork Sports Sept. 28, 2016

Paonia High School is home to the No. 1 ranked football team and volleyball team.

The Eagles went to Carbondale and had no problem with Roaring Fork on the gridiron, winning 55-7 last Friday and improving to 4-0 in nonconference play.

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'Dogs 3-1 entering league
'Dogs 3-1 entering league

The prescription for a high school football victory doesn't usually include surrendering an opening kickoff touchdown, fumbling away your first two possessions and trailing 12-0 after the first quarter.

The Hotchkiss Bulldogs recovered from all of that and more to beat Vail Christian 34-12 last Friday night on homecoming.

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News and Notes from North Fork Sports Sept. 21, 2016
News and Notes from North Fork Sports Sept. 21, 2016

The Paonia High School football team won its third game in a row to open the season and the Eagles might well be back on top of Class 1A once again.

No. 2 Paonia rolled to a 38-0 win at Ridge View in Watkins last Friday afternoon and stands at 3-0.

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Bruins roll on

Behind 100 yards rushing from Pedro Madaleno and 163 yards from Isaac Swoffer, and two TDs each, the Cedaredge Bruins beat VCHS 49-6.

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Panthers handle Basalt on gridiron, 42-7; Palisade next
Panthers handle Basalt on gridiron, 42-7; Palisade next

Delta's Panthers own a share of the lead in 2A Intermountain League play. Bayfield, Delta and Gunnison all sport records of 2-1 but have yet to play each other this season.

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Delta gridders rout Moffat County 50-13
Delta gridders rout Moffat County 50-13

A return to the gridiron in Craig was a successful one last week for Delta High School.

The Panthers were dominant on both sides of the scrimmage line in a 50-13 win in 3A WSL action against Moffat County.

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Bruins ease past Aspen
Bruins ease past Aspen

The Cedaredge Bruins were relentless in a 42-8 gridiron victory over Aspen High School. Cedaredge led 42-0 after three quarters of play and gave up just one touchdown, in the fourth quarter, to go 2-0 after two weeks of action.

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News and Notes from North Fork Sports Sept. 14, 2016
News and Notes from North Fork Sports Sept. 14, 2016

The Paonia High School volleyball team may have lost its first game of the year but the Eagles are rolling right along.

Paonia dropped a game to Coal Ridge at home on Sept. 6 but went on to defeat the Titans 3-1.

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Bulldogs bolstered by big boys up front, move to 2-0 on year
Bulldogs bolstered by big boys up front, move to 2-0 on year

The Hotchkiss High School football team recovered from a crazy first quarter to beat visiting Coal Ridge 28-14 last Friday night, improving to 2-0 under first year head coach Curtis Hintz.

"I'm just proud of our boys.

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Head to CUMC Friday night

Cedaredge Community Methodist Church, 210 NW 3rd Street, hosts "Overtime" every Friday during football season. The doors to the fellowship hall are open from 7 to 11 p.m.

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Eagles crush Vikings, up to old tricks in win
Eagles crush Vikings, up to old tricks in win

Some of the faces may have changed on the Paonia High School football team, but the results on the scoreboard are still the same.

Behind a dynamic offense and a physical defense, the Eagles opened the season with a 49-7 homecoming win over Center last Friday night at Paonia Town Park.

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Bruins claw way past Pirates
Bruins claw way past Pirates

Cedaredge's Bruins played a steady game with some ups and downs along their way to a 23-10 opening night prep football victory over Monte Vista's Pirates.

The Bruins, in front of a home crowd, started the evening off right with the opening kick off.

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Bulldogs get new FB coach, new start in '16
Bulldogs get new FB coach, new start in '16

The Class 1A Hotchkiss Bulldogs will be led by a new but familiar face this year on the gridiron when league play begins.

Longtime assistant Curtis Hintz assumed the head coaching duties for the Hotchkiss High School football team after Mike Sirko left the Bulldogs after two years to coach at Grand Junction.

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Delta football team to make noise in WSL 3A
Delta football team to make noise in WSL 3A

In his eighth season, Ben Johnson may be heading into a very rewarding football season at Delta High School. Not that the past few seasons haven't been rewarding, but, dropping from Class 3A to Class 2A could be the beginning of a new era of potential higher rewards.

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Eagles are flying into unfamiliar territory
Eagles are flying into unfamiliar territory

The Paonia High School football team kicks off the season on Friday night against Center, and for the first time in four years, Taylor Walters will not be on the field.

Walters graduated and took his 125 career touchdowns and two state championships to Colorado Mesa University, where he will play at the next level along with former Eagles teammate Jeramiah Hillman.

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Bruins football team looks to make playoffs
Bruins football team looks to make playoffs

The Cedaredge Bruins were 7-3 last year and finished 3-2 in Class 1A Western Slope Conference play. A loss to Crowley County in the first round of state playoffs ended the Bruins' season.

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News and notes from North Fork sports
News and notes from North Fork sports

The 1A Western Slope Conference will have a new look this season.

All high school classifications were redone this year for football teams in Colorado.

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DHS loses football opener
DHS loses football opener

Delta's Panthers played well enough to have won last Friday's football encounter with Durango, but a number of miscues prevented them from claiming their first win in 2016.

Three interceptions, one for a touchdown, helped doom the Panthers.

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Fall sports kicks off year
Fall sports kicks off year

Fall sports, with the exception of boys golf, is slated to get underway this week. Golf programs at both Delta High School and Cedaredge High School have been playing since Aug. 11.

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Delta senior Jonny Ponce sits between his father
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Coach Brent McRae and Paonia seniors Jeramiah Hillman (left) and Taylor Walters celebrate
Coach Brent McRae and Paonia seniors Jeramiah Hillman (left) and Taylor Walters celebrate
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Swoffer off to Australia
Swoffer off to Australia

Cedaredge junior Isaac Swoffer has been invited to play in the Down Under Sports Tournaments hosted on the Gold Coast of Australia. He will be participating in this international event on the Mountain Conference Football Team during the summer of 2016.

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County athletes honored

A number of deserving athletes in Delta County were selected to various all-conference and all-state teams from fall sports programs. The following is a capsulation of awards given to Delta County athletes, in some cases both all-conference and all-state honors. This list of elite athletes was compiled by Cedaredge High School's Kirby Henderson.

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Paonia's title hopes dashed
Paonia's title hopes dashed

For the first time in three years, the Eagles came up just short.

Buena Vista shut out the Eagles in the second half of the 1A state championship football game and prevented Paonia from winning its third consecutive title after the Demons won 27-20 last Saturday in Buena Vista.

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Panthers beat themselves
Panthers beat themselves

Turnovers dictated last Saturday's Class 3A semifinal football game outcome between Delta's Panthers and the Roosevelt Roughriders in Johnstown. A promising beginning for Delta turned into a 30-23 loss which eliminated the Panthers from this year's 2015 state football championships.

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PHS seniors' legacy not lost
PHS seniors' legacy not lost

There were plenty of tears to go around for the Paonia Eagles after they lost 27-20 to Buena Vista in the 1A state championship game last Saturday in Buena Vista.

Paonia attempted to become the 20th high school team in Colorado history to win three state titles in a row.

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Family ties bind  Paonia's sports heritage
Family ties bind Paonia's sports heritage

Here on the Western Slope of the Rockies in Colorado, you can tell the history of a town through the history of its prep sports teams.

In 1902, the town of Paonia was founded by Samuel Wade.

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Panthers beat TCA 3rd time
Panthers beat TCA 3rd time

Last weekend's quarterfinal round of this year's Class 3A state football championships featured play between Delta's Panthers and The Classical Academy's Titans. The contest, won by Delta, 27-14, marked the third time in two years Delta has faced TCA on the gridiron.

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Paonia after 3rd straight title
Paonia after 3rd straight title

The Paonia High School football team found itself in unfamiliar territory last Saturday afternoon.

On the road. Trailing the entire game. The Eagles' season and quest for a coveted 3-peat state championship on the line.

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Eagles, Demons could be donnybrook
Eagles, Demons could be donnybrook

Paonia goes for the 3-peat on Saturday at 1 p.m. in Buena Vista. The matchup seemed fated from the very beginning of the season.

Paonia was No. 1 and the Demons were ranked No. 2 until the Eagles lost to 2A Bayfield (currently No. 1 in 2A and playing for the state title on Saturday as well) in Week 4.

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Eagles to semis with 47-7 win
Eagles to semis with 47-7 win

Saturday's convincing 47-7 win over Burlington puts the two-time defending state champion Paonia Eagles in the semifinal game at Loveland next Saturday, where they will face the team they defeated to win last year's title.

Saturday's game against the sixth-seeded Cougars wasn't predicted to be a runaway.

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Delta claws Harrison, 47-7
Delta claws Harrison, 47-7

Delta's Panthers have made their way to this year's quarterfinal round of Class 3A prep football playoffs. Delta (#3) crushed number seven Harrison, 47-7, in opening-round play and will host The Classical Academy this Saturday at 1 p.m. at Panther Stadium.

Delta, 10-1, hosted third-seeded TCA earlier this season (first scheduled game) and claimed a hard-fought 38-35 decision.

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Panthers 3A WSL grid titlist
Panthers 3A WSL grid titlist

The Jonny Ponce show was a big hit last week when Palisade's Bulldogs visited Panther Stadium for a battle for the 3A WSL championship. Ponce ran for 246 yards and a couple of touchdowns, enabling Delta's Panthers to score a 27-21 decision over the Bulldogs.

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Eagles dominate, fly by Thunderhawks in quest for three-peat
Eagles dominate, fly by Thunderhawks in quest for three-peat

Paonia began its quest for a third consecutive 1A state football championship last Saturday with a 49-6 domination of Ellicott that was in doubt for exactly 14 seconds.

That's how long it took Jeramiah Hillman to take the opening kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown, and the Eagles just poured it on after that.

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Paonia, Meeker seek title

Two Western Slope Conference Class 1A football teams are still alive in the playoffs as the 1A quarterfinals kick off this weekend.

No. 3 Paonia (9-1) will host perennial playoff contender Burlington (9-1) on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Paonia Town Park.

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Three WSC football teams in grid playoffs

The top three teams in 1A football stayed the same most of the year and each squad found out its playoff matchups when the brackets were released last Sunday morning.

Two-time defending state champion and three-time defending Western Slope Conference Champion Paonia (8-1) will play 14th-seeded Ellicott at Paonia Town Park on Saturday.

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Seniors lead Eagles to win
Seniors lead Eagles to win

It was a numbers game last Friday night when the Eagles defeated Cedaredge 48-7 at Paonia Town Park in the last football contest of the 1A regular season.

Six seniors, 15 Western Slope Conference wins. Two state titles, three straight conference championships.

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Delta rolls, 56-32, over Central in wild grid battle
Delta rolls, 56-32, over Central in wild grid battle

In a wild and bizzare game at Stocker Stadium, Delta's Panthers managed to rally from a 20-point deficit to score a 56-32 win over Central's Warriors last Thursday night.

The Panthers spotted Central three scores off three straight miscues to start the game.

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Hotchkiss-Paonia grid rivalry gets extreme
Hotchkiss-Paonia grid rivalry gets extreme

A player was ejected. The head coaches confronted each other during a contentious postgame handshake, and 63 points were scored.

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Bruins thump Lake County
Bruins thump Lake County

Cedaredge High School's football team rolled over Lake County's Panthers 49-6 last Friday night in Cedaredge.

The Bruins had 387 yards of combined offense and scored seven touchdowns in the course of the game.

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Panthers roar in 41-0 win
Panthers roar in 41-0 win

Delta's Panthers control their own destiny with two football games remaining in regular season play. A 41-0 win over Eagle Valley last week moves the Panthers to a record of 5-0 in league play and 7-1 overall.

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Boisterous Bruin fans draw a yellow flag

Rambunctious rooting for the home team and celebrations of success at the Cedaredge Bruins' Homecoming game against Aspen drew a yellow flag when the visiting team convinced the ref to have Cedaredge fans tone things down a bit.

But after a delayed review of the episode via the CHSAA rule book, it was found that the ref had been in error and that boisterous Bruin fans were playing by the rules.

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Delta wins big in football
Delta wins big in football

The Delta Panthers, with help from Rifle's Bears, stand alone at the top of Class 3A WSL football standings with a 4-0 record.

There's a logjam of teams tied at 3-1 that fill the second to fifth place standings, including Rifle, Palisade, Eagle Valley and Grand Junction Central.

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1A football teams in race

Football action in the 1A Western Slope Conference is only two weeks away from being complete, and teams are jockeying for position in the drive to the state playoffs.

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Bruins lose to Meeker, 32-12

The Bruins were knocked out of first place in the 1A WSL football standings after losing, 32-12, to Meeker's Cowboys last Friday night in Meeker.

Meeker piled up 522 yards of offense, 438 on the ground and 84 through the air, on its way to an important conference contest.

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PHS gridders pass big test
PHS gridders pass big test

The 1A Western Slope Conference still has three weeks to play, but last Friday's game between Meeker and Paonia went a long way toward determining who will be the conference champion.

Paonia put itself in the driver's seat for a third straight conference title after defeating the Cowboys 34-30 in a wild game at Paonia Town Park.

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Cedaredge football 6-0

Another solid performance on the gridiron kept Cedaredge High School's Bruins on top in the 1A WSL standings with a 2-0 league mark and 6-0 overall. Paonia is in second place with records of 2-0 and 5-1

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Bulldogs subdue Lake County in 61-0 rout
Bulldogs subdue Lake County in 61-0 rout

Hotchkiss got just what it needed for Homecoming.

Wade Katzdorn scored four touchdowns, the Bulldogs snagged three consecutive onside kicks and Hotchkiss scored early and often en route to a 61-0 Western Slope Conference win over Lake County last Friday night in Hotchkiss.

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Panthers outplay Summit
Panthers outplay Summit

Homecoming 2015 was a huge success for Delta High School. The Panthers enjoyed a runaway 42-0 win last Friday night against Summit's Tigers.

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Panthers rumble past Rifle
Panthers rumble past Rifle

Despite knocking off one of the state's top 3A football teams, Delta's Panthers are listed in third place in the 3A WSL, behind Palisade, 2-0 and 5-0, and Grand Junction Central, 2-0 and 4-1. The Panthers are 2-0 and 4-1 as well and have both Central and Palisade left on their regular season schedule.

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CHS, HHS grid rivalry plays down to wire
CHS, HHS grid rivalry plays down to wire

Action began in the 1A Western Slope Conference last Friday night in Cedaredge, and Delta County fans can anticipate great football games as local teams make their push for the playoffs.

Perennial rivals kicked off against each other when Cedaredge hosted Hotchkiss.

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Ponce returns, Delta rolls to 49-0 3A victory
Ponce returns, Delta rolls to 49-0 3A victory

The trip to Steamboat Springs to play football hasn't always been the best of experiences for Delta High School. But this year's visit had positive results as the Panthers rolled up 368 yards of offense in a 49-0 drubbing over the Sailors.

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Bruins take over top spot in 1A WSL play
Bruins take over top spot in 1A WSL play

The Cedaredge Bruins went to 4-0 in the 1A WSL standings to take over first place after Paonia's first loss in two years. The Bruins handled Center 40-13 while the Eagles fell 35-0 to Bayfield.

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CHS gridders win 35-0
CHS gridders win 35-0

Cedaredge's homecoming festivities included a 35-0 football victory over the visiting Aspen Skiers last Friday night.

The Bruins scored three times in the first quarter and were never threatened in the game.

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Eagles soar and score for 48-6 Homecoming win
Eagles soar and score for 48-6 Homecoming win

Paonia had all the motivation it needed going into last Friday night's football game against visiting Centauri.

It was the Falcons who last beat Paonia, a little over two years ago, handing head coach Brent McRae and star quarterback Taylor Walters their only high school defeat.

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'Dogs play hard, lose 25-15

Monte Vista's Pirates came into last week's contest against Hotchkiss with a 1-1 record and in third place behind Center, 3-0, and Dolores, 2-1.

The Pirates' win elevated Monte Vista's record to 2-1 and it remains in third place in the 1A Southern Peaks League.

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Eagles win 25th behind Walters, stingy defense
Eagles win 25th behind Walters, stingy defense

Make it 25 in a row for the Eagles.

Paonia's high school football team played in front of its home fans for the first time this year last Friday night and the Eagles showed that the present and the future are looking good.

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Bruins 2-0 in 1A WSL football
Bruins 2-0 in 1A WSL football

Following last Friday's 14-12 win in Olathe, Cedaredge has opened the season with a 2-0 record. A week prior, the Bruins dealt Basalt a 21-6 defeat.

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Brown runs for 5 TDs in 48-13 Panthers' grid win
Brown runs for 5 TDs in 48-13 Panthers' grid win

Delta evened its prep football record at 1-1 with a 48-13 decision over the visiting Pagosa Springs Pirates. Junior Tristan Brown, playing running back for the injured Jonny Ponce, dominated offensive play for the Panthers with 18 carries, 158 yards and five rushing touchdowns. The Panthers had over 300 yards of total offense.

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Montrose defeats Delta gridders; Ponce injured
Montrose defeats Delta gridders; Ponce injured

This year's edition of the Montrose versus Delta football game was evenly played, scorewise, for the first half of play. Each team found the end zone once in the game's first 24 minutes of play. Montrose scored in the first period and the Panthers in the second for a halftime score of 7-7.

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Hotchkiss football team learns as it goes
Hotchkiss football team learns as it goes

The Hotchkiss High School football team is going through some growing pains, but the young Bulldogs are learning along the way, and they are not going to roll over for anybody.

In a scintillating and often frustrating home opener at Hotchkiss last Friday night, the visiting Olathe Pirates stormed back from a late deficit to force overtime and beat the Bulldogs 29-27.

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Eagles soar again

No. 1 Paonia opened defense of its third straight 1A state championship on the road last Friday night at No. 7 Monte Vista.

The Eagles won the game 21-7 behind Player of the Year Taylor Walters and a stingy effort from its young defense.

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DHS wins tough grid opener
DHS wins tough grid opener

It was a rematch from a year ago when Delta and The Classical Academy inititated their 2015 prep football campaign in Colorado Springs. Delta came into the game with a pre-season top-10 ranking. The Titans were listed outside the top 10 contenders.

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Bulldogs shred Ignacio in 43-0 walloping
Bulldogs shred Ignacio in 43-0 walloping

The Hotchkiss Bulldogs had no opening- game butterflies during Zero Week last Friday, going on a seven hour road trip to Ignacio and winning 43-0.

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Eagles' team cruises
Eagles' team cruises

The Paonia football team has its season opening kickoff on Friday night, and the quest for the coveted 3-peat will officially begin.

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Milholland, Bruins vow to be better
Milholland, Bruins vow to be better

Cedaredge's Bruins made the Class 1A state playoffs last season and lost to Resurrection Christian in the first round to finish the year at 6-4.

Head coach Brandon Milholland believes there is solid commitment from his staff and players to improve play in 2015.

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Eagles look for third grid title
Eagles look for third grid title

Two consecutive state titles. A 23-game winning streak. The reigning Player and Coach of the Year.

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Delta football team to contend for WSL title
Delta football team to contend for WSL title

If the summer camps and noted improvements are any indication, the Delta Panthers could be more than just a force in Class 3A football circles. Delta returns a core of performers who were at the top of the class in many categories at the end of last season's campaign.

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Sirko lauds improving Hotchkiss grid squad
Sirko lauds improving Hotchkiss grid squad

What a difference a year makes.

Hotchkiss football coach Mike Sirko began his second season last week, and already the Bulldogs are showing signs of improvement.

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