FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS: Cyclones run over Eagles

No. 1 Pueblo West 35, No. 3 East 10
No. 2 South (Bye)
No. 4 Central 50, Sierra 6 (Thursday night)
Rifle 48, No. 5 Pueblo County 22
Harrison 22, Centennial 0
Rye 13, Rocky Ford 12

Pueblo West, the No. 4-ranked 4A team in the state and the top team in the Pueblo Preps Power Five, showed it had a top-flight rushing game Friday night, torching East for over 300 yards on the ground as the Cyclones took down the Eagles 35-10 at Dutch Clark Stadium.

Quarterback Chandler Mason went for three touchdowns (including an 83-yard touchdown run), and was one of three Cyclone rushers to gain over 100 yards on the ground, joining Matt Rudd and Jeremiah Sanchez, each of which had one touchdown each.

Aside from one big play, a 40-yard touchdown pass from Jack Helzer to Kaeden Bowman, the East offense couldn’t get much going against Pueblo West, which improved to 4-0 overall heading into next week’s home showdown with Pine Creek, the top-ranked 4A team in the state.

East, meanwhile, suffers another non-league loss to fall to 1-3, with games against Discovery Canyon and finally South in the Cannon Game awaiting it.

Rye 13, Rocky Ford 12: In the 1A ranks, Rye ran its record to 4-0, outlasting Rocky Ford 13-12. The T-Bolts got a go-ahead touchdown from Hayden Polk in the fourth quarter to keep its undefeated start to 2019 intact. The only downfall for the ThunderBolts was that the 12 points surrendered to the Meloneers were the first point scored against them this season.

Central 50, Sierra 6 (Thursday): The Wildcats continued its hot start to 2019, riding four Jeromey Baros touchdowns to rout Sierra 50-6 Thursday night at Dutch Clark Stadium. The win puts the Wildcats at 3-0, the second straight year in which Central has begun 3-0.

The Wildcats aced over 400 yards of total offense and led 37-0 by halftime in an absolute dismantling of the depleted Stallions.

Central will shoot for 4-0 next week when it faces Harrison, a team that blanked Centennial 22-0 to hand the Bulldogs their third loss in as many tries this season.

Rifle 48, Pueblo County 22: Facing the top-ranked 2A team in the state in Rifle, County had its hands full with the Bears’ top-flight rushing attack, surrendering 346 yards of rushing in a 48-22 loss on the road in Rifle Friday.

The Hornets’ loss wasn’t without its highlights, Jose Handford, who boasted two touchdown runs and a halfback pass for a touchdown.

County drops to 1-2 after the loss.

Pueblo Preps provides coverage of high school sports in Pueblo County.

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