The Elbert football team is off to the quick start that coach Shawn Graves had hoped. The Bulldogs improved to 2-0 with last Saturday’s 46-0 victory over West Grand, which followed their season opener, a 72-12 win against Cripple Creek-Victor.
It was a stellar night for quarterback Blake Nicholas. He was able to completed 7 of 13 passes for 138 yards and two touchdowns, rushed 17 times for 202 yards and finished the night with three rushing touchdowns.
“Blake just had that great night and we hope for many more,” said Graves, who will direct the Bulldogs against Dove Creek at Sargent on Saturday. “But it was a good night for all the kids. It was 42-0 at the half so most of the starters sat out the final two quarters.”
Bryce Hutchens and Dakota Hedger were on the receiving end of the Nicholas touchdown throws, Hutchens pulling in 72 yards on the night on his four receptions, Hedger 25 on two catches. Hedger also had a stellar night defensively with nine tackles.
Defensively, though, Roger Carlson led the way with 10 tackles
Kiowa, coached by Ryan Witzel, improved to 2-0 last Friday with a 42-0 victory against Longmont Christian. Joe Jantz, who rushed for 124 yards on 11 carries, and Lonny Trehal, 86 yards on seven carries, each scored a pair of touchdowns for the winners.
Quarterback Steve Mizak completed 7 of 10 passes for 108 yards and connected on a touchdown pass to Isaac Janes. Connor Willis, who rushed for 68 yards, also scored for the Indians and added eight tackles on defense.
Jordan Gabert also had an fine night on defense with eight tackles that included two of the Indians’ five sacks. Cody Fordyce came through with seven tackles and a sack to help pace the defense.
Kiowa will be at Merino Friday. The Rams are coming off a 26-22 victory against Simla.
Elizabeth had an unfortunate night when it came to containing Canon City running back Tyler Templeton and quarterback Logan Nethercot. But then, mistakes didn’t help the situation, either, as the Cardinals fell to 0-2, with their 36-14 loss to the Tigers.
“The kids played hard, but we shot ourselves in the foot,” said Elizabeth coach Chris Cline. “We had first and goal twice at the 4-yard line and couldn’t get it in. A blocked punt, two interceptions and a safety certainly helped put us in the hole, too. But the kids gave it a good effort on their parts.”
Templeton rushed 27 times for 144 yards, came through with 12 tackles and scored one of his two touchdowns on a 80-yard pass interception. Nethercot completed 11 of 16 passes for 178 yards.
Jordan Buchman, who rushed for 62 yards, scored the first touchdown for Elizabeth with 7:28 left in the first quarter to tie the score, 7-7. The Cardinals would score their second touchdown with 7:55 remaining in the game on a 4-yard run by Chas Nicholas.
Canon City went ahead for good with 1:20 left in the second quarter when Cardinals quarterback Brody Oliver was tackled for a safety. Oliver rushed for 75 yards and passed for 195. Logan Weber caught four passes for 114 yards to lead the Cardinals in receiving.
Elizabeth plays host to Discovery Canyon on Friday.
The Elizabeth girls gymnastics team, coached by Stacy Folmer, had a nice bounce-back last Wednesday after the Cardinals opening night setback in their quadrangular at Pomona. Behind a second place finish in the all-around by Dana Goldsberry the Cardinals scored 174.9 points to upend Arvada West (168.875), Fort Morgan (147.0) and Columbine (143.45).
Goldsberry, who scored 35.725 to finish behind Arvada West’s Jessica Jankowski (36.55), won both the uneven bars (8.8) and floor (9.575). The Cardinals also sweep the top three on vault with Emily Reynolds taking the win (9.4), followed by Shelby Morgan (9.35) and Kim Peterson (9.3).
“Things are still inconsistent, but we made a big improvement over our first meet,” Folmer said. “The Vault certainly was a plus for us and we did a lot better on the Beam and Floor. We scored 168.8 at Pomona while they won with 174.9. We had a lot of falls that night. Yet we have a happy group of girls who are helping each other a lot.”
Peterson also finished third in the all-around with a 35.525 also adding a third individually on the beam (8.975). Jankowski finished the night winning the bars (8.925) and balance beam (9.15) and finishing second on floor (9.275).
Elizabeth’s Heather Honeyman was second on beam (9.125) while teammate Hailey Breikss was third on bars (8.55). Arvada West’s Erin Kipal rounded out the night of medal winners with a third on floor (9.05).
Elizabeth improved its early season record to 2-1 with a 2-1 victory Sept. 6 against Harrison. Ryan Berg and Coby Yannacone scored the goals for the Cardinals, with assists by Nate Morand and Travis Eddy.
Elizabeth had opened the season Aug. 30, losing to Machebeuf 3-2 with both goals scored by Yannacone on assists from Berg and Casey Reidel. The Cardinals rebounded on Sept. 4th to beat Woodland Park 5-0.
Yannacone, who has six goals on the season, had the hat trick as well as assisting on a pair of goals by Berg and