MONTE VISTA — The No. 6 ranked Hotchkiss Bulldogs chewed on the No. 5 ranked Monte Vista Pirates Friday night as they spoiled their homecoming game with a 48-20 defeat.
The Pirates lost one of the most important battles in a football game, committing five turnovers to the Bulldogs’ two. In addition to the five fumbles, two turnovers on downs were very crucial toward their defeat.
There was nothing working for either team in the first quarter until the 3:25 mark when Hotchkiss senior running back Jacobe Galley broke loose for a 90-yard touchdown run to get his first of the three touchdowns he would score in the first half. After a turnover on downs by the Pirates, Galley broke loose again, this time for an 88-yard touchdown on the very first play of the drive to make the score 14-0 with 8:37 remaining in the first half.
The Pirates committed a huge turnover on the first play of their ensuing drive as a pitch to a running back from junior quarterback Michael Sanchez was broken up and recovered by the Bulldog defenders at the 35-yard line.
After a 15-yard pass play, Galley took control again and scored a 10-yard touchdown to give Hotchkiss a 21-0 lead, just 33 seconds after he scored his second touchdown.
The Bulldogs added their final touchdown of the half with 7:14 remaining when senior Conner Beard had a 24-yard touchdown reception.
In the first half alone, the Pirates had 151 total yards, 111 on the ground on 28 attempts and 40 through the air as Sanchez was 1-for-7.
After a first play fumble to open up the second half, Galley scored his fourth touchdown of the game, this time on a five-yard reception.
The Pirates finally broke through on the scoreboard with 4:07 remaining in the third quarter as senior tight end Jeff Cooper found a seam from the tailback position and raced his way down the middle of the field for a 70-yard touchdown
Hotchkiss immediately broke their momentum on the next drive as Galley scored a 42-yard rushing touchdown to seal all their scores.
Mitch Vanderpool scored the Pirates’ second touchdown as he scampered 55-yards before Shadron Wenta, who had a huge 57-yard rush earlier in the fourth quarter, capped the scoring with a 10-yard rushing touchdown and 1:10 remaining on the clock.