This past Friday, Simla was not pressed as they defeated Genoa-Hugo/Karval 58-6. Thus the stage is set for this Friday's showdown as the Cubs travel to Elbert to play the unbeaten Bulldogs at 7 p.m.
"Genoa only had 10 players, so the depth is not there," said coach Shane Zimmerman. "We were able to score three touchdowns in the first quarter, but they did get theirs against us in the first, too."
Simla scored on its first offensive play, a 45-yard pass from Cody Norris to Jason George and that set the tone. The Cubs second touchdown was also a pass from Norris, this time for 31-yards to Damian Bell.
"In away, Cody had his third touchdown passing in the quarter, but this one was on an interception," Zimmerman said. "That made the score 14-6 and it was all they would get on the night. However, we got our third touchdown of the quarter on a 30-yard pass interception by Kade Pyatt."
Bell, who rushed nine times for 133 yards, scored his second touchdown of the game on a 32-yard run in the second quarter. Norris added another touchdown on a 48-yard run and Aaron Thieman closed out the Simla scoring in the quarter via a 60-yard pass interception.
Simla was able to get the clock running with a quick touchdown in the third quarter, Bell on a 65-yard run and Kyle Hamacher going over from 26-yards out.
"We only had 32 plays on offense in the game," Zimmerman pointed out. "They played hard against us, but they just don't have the numbers right now. It was fine for us as we were able to get our younger kids into the game and get them some experience. We're trying to build depth, as we need it against Elbert.
"This will be a huge week for us," Zimmerman said. "Elbert is a very good football team. They have the talent and experience this year and they are well coached by Shawn (Graves)."
Elbert remained on its roll in the 8-man ranks as the Bulldogs defeated Miami-Yoder/Karval, 48-0 last Saturday. With the win the Bulldogs of coach Shawn Graves improved to 6-0 on the season, 3-0 in the Black Forest League, while the Buffaloes fell to 1-5, 0-3.
Elbert has been able to put the points on the board behind quarterback Nicholas Blake, running back Al Zelney and Bryce Hutchens. No doubt it's been a trio that has given their opponents a tough time. Over the past six games, the Bulldogs have averaged a whopping 51.3 points a game while allowing their opponents 12.6 a game.
Elbert won a shootout two weeks ago against Kiowa overcoming the Indians, 42-36. It certainly possible that fans can expect the same kind of action when the Bulldogs host Simla.
Kiowa had little trouble against out manned Pikes Peak Christian coming away with a 52-6 victory against the Eagles last Friday in their 8-Man, Black Forest League encounter in Colorado Springs. The Indians led 30-0 at the half and stretched it to 46-0 early in the third quarter putting the running clock into play.
Kiowa improved to 5-1 overall, 2-1 in the Black Forest League while Pikes Peak Christian fell to 1-5, 0-3 in the league.
"They lost one of their best players to an injury and he had to be taken to the hospital," said Kiowa coach Mark Clemmons. "I think that took the wind out of their sails. And, the cold weather didn't help either. Basically by the second quarter the game was over. Most of our starters only played in the first half.
"We were the bigger and stronger team," Clemmons said. "Penalties hurt us, though. We had over 100 yards, I think, called on us on holding penalties and that didn't help. We had the clock running with about 10-minutes left in the third quarter."
Lonny Trehal had the best game of the night for Kiowa rushing six times for 150 yards and scoring three touchdowns, the longest on an 85 yard run. He also came through with a pair of pass interceptions and accounted for 12 tackles. Joe Jantz contributed to the running games rushing nine times for 59 yards and scoring a touchdown.
Kiowa did not have to make much use of its passing game. Steven Mizak completed three of eight passes for 51-yards and a touchdown, but was also intercepted once. Mitchell Bates, who rushed three times for 47 yards and scored on the ground, completed two-of-five passes for 43 yards and a touchdown.
The touchdowns on the receiving end were pulled in by Caleb Smith and Isaac Janes from 40- and 48 yards, respectively.
Connor Wills and Jordan Gabehart came through with 11 and 10 tackles, respectively. Gabehart also had one of the four pass interceptions for the Indians, Cody Fordyce the fourth.
Kiowa plays host Genoa-Hugo Friday at 7 p.m. .
Elizabeth golfers Michael Smith and Sean Herr had high hopes when they qualified for the Class 4A state golf tournament. Yet it turned out to be tough outing for the Cardinals duo on at The Links at Cobble Creek in Montrose. Neither came anywhere near their regular season totals.
Smith, who had placed 13th in last year's state meet, carded at first round 78 on Monday then followed with an 82 on Tuesday for a 160 total, 16 over par. As a result, he finished 32nd in the field. Herr found the going more difficult as he shot 90 on Monday followed by an 92 on Tuesday for a 182, 38 over par.
Jacob Allenback of Pueblo Centennial took medalist honors carding a 68 on Monday, 71 on Tuesday for a meet winning 139. Josh McLaughlin of Thompson Valley (72-69-141) took runner-up honors while third place went to Glen Workman of Pueblo West (71-71-142).
Pueblo South and Valor Christian tied for first in the team race, each team carding 443. The Colts then won the title in a playoff. Silver Creek finished third (448), with Cheyenne Mountain (456) and Thompson Valley (465) rounding out the top five teams.