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It All Comes Down to This! #6 Kent Denver Sun Devils @ #1 La Junta Tigers (CHSAA Class 2A Football State Championship)

It’s only been two years since the Kent Denver Sun Devils have played for a football state championship, its been “just a bit longer” for the La Junta Tigers, 54 years to be exact. It’s been even longer since they have won one. It was back in 1958 that the Tigers hoisted a football championship. At least one of those streaks is going to end on Saturday. We at least know for sure the Tigers will play for the title, but they’re going to have to do it against a tough Kent Denver team who always seems to play tough in late November.

These teams have taken completely different path into the 2A State Title Game. Kent Denver entered the tournament as the #6 seed, they hosted #11 Weld Central in the 1st Round and in what started off a slow start for the Sun Devils turned into a huge win. At halftime the score was 7-3, but it was all Kent Denver in the second half. They outscored Weld Central 20-3 to win the ballgame 27-6. Leading the way for the Sun Devils was; Charles McKissick with 16 carries for 93 yards & Joshua McDonald with 3 receptions for 43 yards.

Next up for Kent was the #3 The Classical Academy Titans, a team that play’s in La Junta’s Tri-Peaks League. Kent Denver got out early and took a 14-3 lead into the locker room. But it was the Titans who outscored the Sun Devils 18-7 in the second half. Not even 48 minutes could decide a winner in this quarterfinal matchup. They went into overtime. All the Titans could muster was a field goal from, Auburn Tiger commit, Anders Carlson. That put the score at 24-21, but it was Kent Denver’s chance to have the ball and much to the Titan’s despise they scored a touchdown and thus punched their ticket to the semi-final, in an upset no one saw coming. Leading the way for Kent Denver was; Joshua McDonald with 22 carries for 128 yards & Conrad Lost with 1 reception for 30 yards.

Then it came to last weeks semi-final matchup with the #10 Delta Panthers, a team who had been pulling upsets off left and right. It was yet another close game for the Sun Devils as they found themselves down 7-0 early but came back to take a 14-7 lead into halftime. The Sun Devils came out strong in the second half and outscored the Panthers 14-7. Leading the way for Kent was; Charles McKissick with 14 carries for 152 yards & Max Waldbaum with 4 receptions for 63 yards. When the clock read three zeros it was Kent Denver who would advance to play for the Championship, all that remained to be known was who and where would they be playing.

As the #1 Seed the Tigers blew out their first two opponents. It all started with the #16 University Bulldogs, the game was at Tiger Stadium and the Tigers just crushed the Bulldogs. The final score was 42-0, but it could have been far worse. Leading the way rushing for the Tigers was Sophomore QB Jon Nuschy who had 17 rushes for 138 yards. The Tigers didn’t use the pass very much, but the receiving leader was Izaiah Petique with 1 reception for 51 yards.

Then came the quarterfinal matchup with the #9 D’Evelyn Jaguars, this time the Tigers had to travel to Lakewood, but they made themselves at home. It was again an all out beatdown from the Tigers. They handled the Jaguars 41-7. It was all Tigers from the get go. Which is what it should be as a #1 seed. Leading the way for La Junta was; Jon Nuschy with 19 carries for 118 yards & Deron Bletson with 1 reception for 73 yards.

The Tigers were one game away from playing for a championship that eluded them for 58 years. In the semifinal they met the #5 Bayfield Wolverines, the team who had knocked them out almost a year ago to the day. The Tigers wanted revenge and early it didn’t look like they would get it. There was no scoring in the first quarter, but the Wolverines got on the board in the second on a deep pass, the extra point was wide right. That was all the scoring in the first half and Bayfield went into the locker room up 6-0. To start the second half it was all defensive once again, until late in the third quarter when Bayfield yet again struck with a deep pass. The time the extra point was good and Bayfield took a 13-0 lead in the fourth quarter.

From all my years of playing and watching sports I’ve learned to never count a team out until the game is over. La Junta proved that once again is true. The Tigers scored first with eight minutes left in the 4th, with the extra point being fumbled the Tigers trailed 13-6. An interception deep into Tiger territory gave La Junta the chance they needed. A long drive down the field capped off by an endzone fade to Matthew Espinoza put the Tigers down one with a little more than 2 minutes left. A false start penalty pushed the extra point try back even further. Coach Buderus took a timeout and the Tigers were lined up to go for two.

On a play that looked busted from the snap, Apela Furtado-tom was off balance and was a lob to the end zone found tightend Kain DiRizza. The Tigers had the lead, and on a squib kick that hit a Bayfield player had the ball back. This time for good, one that final drive the Wolverines used all three of their timeouts and the Tigers ran out the clock.

That puts us where we are at right now.


Triple R’s bold Prediction of the Game:

“Both teams rely heavily on the run game, its going to come down to who’s defense can stop who’s run game. Advantage LJ.”

Triple R’s Game Prediction:

“It’s a State Championship game, it’s suppose to be close isn’t it? Not in this case, La Junta wins easily 21-7.”


Well this is what it comes down to. This is what La Junta has waited a little more than half a century for.

Saturday. 1pm.

Tiger Stadium. 2A State Title Game.

#1 La Junta. #6 Kent Denver.

Need I say more?

–Triple R

Triple R Report’s Game(s) of the Day October 21, 2016: Rocky Ford Meloneers @ Ellicott Thunderhawks (CHSAA Class 1A Santa Fe League Football)

Things are beginning to heat up in the 1A Santa Fe League. Rocky Ford heads down to Calhan, Colorado to take on the Ellicott Thunderhawks. A victory by the Meloneers pretty much makes for a Santa Fe League championship game in Rocky Ford between the Meloneers and Crowley County next Friday. But let’s not over look the Thunderhawks, they have a stout offense, they’re pretty even in all catergories. The same can be said for the Meloneers. It will be a defensive battle. Here’s how each team stacks up for tonight:


ellicott Thunderhawks:

  • (5-3) Overall, (2-1) in Santa Fe League
    • 3rd in Santa Fe League
  • Outscoring opponents 247-215
    • Defeated Ignacio 56-16
    • Defeated Wray 29-24
    • Defeated Monte Vista 36-31
    • Lost to Bennett 66-20
    • Lost to Peyton 16-6
    • Defeated DHPH 50-0
    • Lost to Crowley County 48-20
    • Defeated Trinidad 30-14
  • Averaging 176.9 passing yards & 168.9 rushing yards per game
    • Jalen Hayes leads team with 70 carries for 509 yards (7.3 yards per carry)
    • Chiante’ Stewart leads team with 27 receptions for 694 yards (25.7 yards per reception)
  • Players to Watch For:
    • Jalen Hayes (Senior)
    • Matthew Davidson (Senior)

Rocky Ford meloneers:

  • (5-2) Overall, (2-0) in Santa Fe League
    • Tied for 1st in Santa Fe League (Crowley County)
  • Outscoring opponents 244-115
    • Defeated Byers 50-6
    • Lost to Limon 21-6
    • Lost to Center 55-52
    • Defeated John Mall 8-0
    • Defeated St. Mary’s 36-9
    • Defeated Trinidad 42-24
    • Defeated DHPH 50-0
  • Averaging 180 passing yards & 195.1 rushing yards per game
    • Diego Reyes leads team with 95 carries for 545 yards (5.7 yards per carry)
    • David Trujillo leads team with 30 receptions for 480 yards (16.0 yards per reception)
  • Players to Watch For:
    • David Trujillo (Sophomore)
    • Dillon Jaramillo (Sophomore)

Triple r’s Bold Prediction of the Game:

“Ellicott showed some life in the second half last time I saw them play which was against a tough Crowley County team, Rocky just dismantled DHPH two weeks ago. It’s going to be a defensive game tonight, it’ll come down to who’s defense comes to play. The weather will play a factor tonight as well. As of now the game-time temperature is at 59 degrees, with the temperature dropping to 51 by the time the game ends, look for this to play a key factor tonight.”

Triple R’s Game Prediction:

“Ellicott comes out on top over Rocky Ford in a hard fought victory 20-14. The game won’t be decided until the 4th quarter.”


 

Triple R Report’s Game(s) of the Day October 18th, 2016: Las Animas Trojans @ Rocky Ford Meloneers (CHSAA Class 2A Santa Fe League Volleyball)

In the final week of the 2A volleyball season we have a couple of great Santa Fe League games. The first one is this one between Las Animas & Rocky Ford. The Trojans travel west down Highway 50 and invade the Melon Dome tonight. First serve is set for around 6:30pm. Here’s how each team stacks up:


Las Animas Trojans:

  • (4-13) Overall, (3-9) in Santa Fe League
    • 6th in SFL
  • (2-3) in last 5 matches
    • Lost to Trinidad 3-2 (25-21, 25-20, 17-25, 21-25, 15-9)
    • Lost to Fowler 3-0 (25-10, 25-13, 26-24)
    • Lost to Hoehne 3-1 (25-9, 25-27, 30-28, 25-25)
    • Defeated Crowley County 3-0 (25-23, 25-20, 25-18)
    • Defeated Wiley 3-2 (29-27, 21-25, 15-25, 25-20, 15-7)
  • Averaging 6.9 kills per set & 2.6 aces per set
    • Haylie Stwalley leads team with 2.7 kills per set
    • Madison Gonzalez leads team with 1.0 aces per set
  • Players to Watch For:
    • Katie Peterson (Senior)
    • Haylie Stwalley (Senior)

Rocky Ford Meloneers:

  • (9-8) Overall, (5-7) in Santa Fe League
    • 5th in SFL
  • (2-3) in last 5 matches
    • Lost to John Mall 3-0 (25-19, 25-10, 25-17)
    • Lost to Fowler 3-0 (25-13, 25-12, 25-17)
    • Lost to Hoehne 3-1 (26-24, 25-16, 21-25, 25-20)
    • Defeated Swallows Charter Academy 3-0 (25-10, 25-8, 25-15)
    • Defeated Swink 3-1 (26-24, 25-23, 22-25, 25-19)
  • Averaging 8.8 kills per set & 3.5 aces per set
    • Emi Romero leads team with 3.7 kills per set
    • Lynell Rodriguez leads team with 0.9 aces per set
  • Players to Watch For:
    • Kierstin Lucero (Junior)
    • Stephanie Frantz (Senior)

That’ll do it for today’s previews. Day off tomorrow but we’ll be back with you on Thursday for Fowler vs. Swink. See you then!

–Triple R

Triple R Report’s Game(s) of the Day October 13th, 2016: Swink Lions @ Rocky Ford Meloneers (CHSAA Class 2A Santa Fe League Volleyball)

The Swink Lady Lions travel under 8 miles down Highway 50 to invade the Melon Dome to take on the Rocky Ford Lady Meloneers. This is a huge Santa Fe League rivalry so if you’re not into the Broncos/Chargers game tonight go check it out. First serve should be around 6:30. Here’s how these rivals matchup:


Swink Lions:

  • (9-6) Overall, (7-4) in Santa Fe League
    • 4th in SFL
  • (3-2) in last 5 matches
    • Defeated Crowley County 3-0 (25-19, 25-23, 25-22)
    • Lost to John Mall 3-1 (25-20, 25-17, 25-27, 25-19)
    • Defeated Eads 3-1 (25-16, 25-10, 23-25, 25-20)
    • Lost to Springfield 3-0 (25-20, 25-15, 25-15)
    • Defeated Sangre de Cristo 3-0 (25-18, 25-19, 25-16)
  • Averaging 9.00 kills per set & 2.3 aces per set
    • Meira Stanger leads team with 3.8 kills per set
    • Tierra Holland & Brianna Denton lead team with 0.6 aces per set
  • Players to Watch:
    • Meira Stanger (Senior)
    • Kyla O’Neal (Sophomore)

Rocky FOrd Meloneers:

  • (8-8) Overall, (4-7) in Santa Fe League
    • 5th in SFL
  • (2-3) in last 5 matches
    • Defeated Crowley County 3-0 (26-24, 26-24, 25-19)
    • Lost to John Mall 3-0 (25-19, 25-10, 25-17)
    • Lost to Fowler 3-0 (25-13, 25-12, 25-17)
    • Lost to Hoehne 3-1 (26-24, 25-16, 21-25, 25-20)
    • Defeated Swallows Charter Academy 3-0 (25-10, 25-8, 25-15)
  • Averaging 8.7 kills per set & 3.5 aces per set
    • Emi Romero leads team with 3.6 kills per set
    • Lynell Rodriguez leads team with 0.8 aces per set
  • Players to Watch For:
    • Stephanie Frantz (Senior)
    • Savana Stites (Junior)

Triple R’s Bold Prediction of the Game:

“Could an upset be in the making? I say yes, Rocky Ford seems to always turn it up in the final matches of the season, it will be close but Rocky comes out on top.”

Triple R’s Game Prediction:

“Meloneers over Lions in 5 sets.”


Rocky Ford vs, Swink, not much more needs to be said.

 

Stay tuned we preview OJC vs. Lamar coming up!

Triple R Report’s Game(s) of the Day October 8th, 2016: Ellicott Thunderhawks @ Crowley County Chargers (CHSAA Class 1A Football)

Another week and another homecoming on the way. This time it’s Crowley County in action for the first time in 2 weeks. Here’s how each team stacks up for todays game:

Ellicott Thunderhawks:

  • (4-2) Overall in 2016, (1-0) in Santa Fe League
    • Tied for 1st with Rocky Ford in Santa Fe League
  • Outscoring opponents 193-153
    • Defeated Ignacio 52-16
    • Defeated Wray 29-24
    • Monte Vista 36-31
    • Lost to Bennett 66-20
    • Lost to Peyton 16-6
    • Defeated DHPH 50-0
  • Averaging 210 passing yards & 171 rushing yards per game
    • Jaylen Hayes leads team with 40 carries for 31 yards (7.9 yards per carry)
    • Chiante Stewart leads team with 12 receptions for 356 yards (29.7 yards per reception)
  • Highlight Players:
    • Jaylen Hayes (Senior)
    • Matthew Davidson (Senior)

 

Crowley County Chargers:

  • (3-1) Overall in 2016, 1st league game of year
    • 3rd in Santa Fe League
  • Outscoring opponents 111-48
    • Defeated Colorado Springs Christian 32-22
    • Defeated John Mall 20-6
    • Lost to Limon 14-6
    • Defeated Yuma 52-6
  • Have not played a game since 9/16
  • Averaging 52.3 passing yards & 248.8 rushing yards per game
    • Dylan Tuma leads team with 56 carries for 517 yards (9.2 yards per carry)
    • Colton Gruntorad leads team with 5 receptions for 92 yards (18.4 yards per reception)
  • Highlight Players:
    • Bradley Clabey (Senior)
    • Keith Dunagan (Senior)

 

Triple R’s Bold Prediction of the Game:

“Its’ Crowley County’s run game against Ellicott’s pass game. It’ll be a good one and close throughout. It’s Crowley’s homecoming so the Thunderhawks are out to spoil it.”

Triple R’s Game Prediction:

“Crowley gets upper hand late and defeats Thunderhawks 21-14.”

Triple R Report’s Game(s) of the Day September 23rd, 2016: #1 Kent Denver Sun Devils @ #2 La Junta Tigers (CHSAA Class 2A Football)

In what could quite possibly turn into a State Championship preview the #1 Kent Denver Sun Devils travel to take on the #2 La Junta Tigers in a matchup of the top 2 teams in 2A. La Junta has been on the up as of late in football, Kent Denver has been a powerhouse for quite some time now. It’s going to be a hard hitting, energetic football game that you’re not going to want to miss. Here’s how each team stacks up:


#1 Kent Denver Sun Devils:

  • (3-0) Overall in 2016, have yet to play a league game
    • 1st in 2A Colorado League
    • Defeated Prospect Ridge Academy 44-0
    • Defeated Eagle Valley 18-8
    • Defeated Faith Christian 27-12
  • Currently ranked #1 in Class 2A Football
  • Averaging 103.3 passing yards per game & 174 rushing yards per game
    • Joshua McDonald leads team with 34 carries for 197 yards (5.8 yards per carry)
    • Max Walabaum leads team with 6 receptions for 95 yards (15.8 yards per carry)
  • Players to Watch For:
    • Joshua McDonald (Junior)
    • T.J. Love (Junior)

#2 La Junta Tigers:

  • (3-0) Overall in 2016, have yet to play a league game
    • Tied for 1st in Tri-Peaks League with Manitou Springs & The Classical Academy
    • Defeated Gunnison 46-7
    • Defeated Alamosa 32-7
    • Defeated Elizabeth 35-0
  • Currently ranked #2 in Class 2A Football
  • Averaging 71.3 passing yards per game & 322 rushing yards per game
    • Dax Bender leads team with 38 carries for 360 yards (9.5 yards per carry)
    • Apela Furtado-tom leads team with 9 receptions for 110 yards (12.2 yards per reception)
  • Players to Watch For:
    • Jon Nuschy (Sophomore)
    • Dax Bender (Senior)

Triple R’s Bold Prediction of the Game:

“La Junta is going to be a tough out this year, Kent Denver is the same. This could be a preview of a matchup we see in late November. Get ready for some fireworks tonight. It’ll be all offense tonight but the Tigers come out on top.”

Triple R’s Game PRediction:

“Tigers defeat Sun Devils 35-28”


Tiger Stadium is the place to be tonight in the Arkansas Valley, it will be rocking and will feature a great game. You’re not going to want to miss this. If you can’t make it to the stadium Pat McGee and Coach Chas Phillips have you covered on AM1400 and network1sports.com. That’ll do it for this Friday edition of “Triple R Report’s Game(s) of the Day”. Tomorrow we feature the CSU-Pueblo Thunderwolves as they finish up their “homestand”.

A Cinderella “Story” in the Making

If you haven’t been living under a rock for the past 5 days, you know that “Baseball Is Back”, which means the Colorado Rockies are once again hoping to make a run deep into October. This year they may have found the guy to help them do it. If you don’t know his name by now make sure you take notice of it. The kid is named Trevor Story, and he’s already breaking records…oh did I mention he’s only played in 4 Major League games?

 

Trevor has made a name for himself in the Majors, most of it being done after just the opening series with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Story went 4-for-14 with an average of .286. You may look at that like “oh, he only has four hits, what’s so special about him?” Those four “little” hits happen to be home-runs. That’s right the kid hit four homers in three games. Two of those came on his Major League debut. Now when the Baseball Hall of Fame asks for your batting helmet and gloves then you know you’ve done something special! For the records Story has set, they include: 1st player to have an Opening Day Debut and hit 2 HR’s, became the 2nd player (since 1900) with 3 HR’s in first 2 career games, 1st player since 1889 to follow a 2 HR debut with a home run in the second game. Story also joins a guy you may know by the name of Todd Helton as the only Rockies to homer in their first two Major League games.

 

So Major League Baseball and baseball fans especially take note of the kid named Trevor Story, he’s going to do some great things for the Colorado Rockies. This may just be a hunch but I don’t think this kid is quite done writing his “Story”

CHSAA Class 2A/3A State Wrestling Championship Matches RESULTS

Its time for “The Big Show” from the Pepsi Center. 6 area wrestlers compete for State Titles.


BOLD=Winner

3A-

132 lbs.:

Michael Johnson (Lamar) vs. Brandon Damian (Valley)—Dec. 9-7

182 lbs.:

William Tyler (La Junta) vs. Dalton Roberson (Weld Central)—Dec. 3-0


 

2A-

106 lbs.:

Jacob Rodriguez (Rocky Ford) vs. Zach Martin (Centauri)—Fall 1:02

132 lbs.:

Jeremy Fraser (Rocky Ford) vs. Brendon Crum (Holly)—Tech Fall 4:00 (16-1)

285 lbs.:

Keith Dunagan (Crowley County) vs. Greg Garcia (Rocky Ford)—Fall 1:39

 

CHSAA Class 3A State Wrestling 3rd/5th Place Matches RESULTS

The 3rd and 5th place matches begin our placing rounds for the evening. Championships come up at 6:30pm.


BOLD = Winner

5th Place-

195 lbs.:

Bart Gruenloh (Lamar) vs. Conner Peterson (Platte Canyon)— Fall 2:06


3rd Place:

113 lbs.:

Brandon Comacho (La Junta) vs. Abdikadir Muse (Denver West)—Dec. 4-2

160 lbs.:

Dax Bender (La Junta) vs. Josh Flanagan (Valley)—Fall 7:19

 

 

 

CHSAA Class 2A State Wrestling 3rd/5th Place Matches RESULTS

The 3rd and 5th place matches begin our placing rounds for the evening. Championships come up at 6:30pm.


3rd Place-

113 lbs.:

Dillon Jaramillo (Rocky Ford) vs. Brandon Ward (Dolores)—Dec. 9-7

120 lbs.:

Cruz Muniz (Crowley County) vs. Moises Juarez (Monte Vista)—Dec. 7-3

170 lbs.:

Carlos Magdaleno (Rocky Ford) vs. Marshall Hornung (Stratton)—Fall 4:54

182 lbs.:

Henry Fellhauer (Fowler) vs. Rafe Hutches (Baca County)—Fall 1:47