In Eastern Colorado, in the long prairie drive that is I-70 east of Denver, amid a string of towns from Seibert to Burlington, sits the town of Stratton off exit 419.
The Stratton Eagles are kings of Colorado 6-man. Defending state champions and came into the game undefeated and ranked #1 overall. Their opponents on the night, were the Otis Bulldogs and were #2 in the state. This was a rematch of last year’s state semifinals. And Stratton held a nine-straight winning streak against the Bulldogs.
The game started quickly enough. With Brody Webb carrying the rock 60 yards for a touchdown. On the first scrimmage play for the Stratton Eagles after forcing an Otis punt.
Cyler Notter would notch his first score, on a one yard run, later in the first quarter. Giving the hosts a 12-0 lead after two unsuccessful conversion attempts.
Notter would find paydirt again, on a 48 yard run 1:50 later. While Webb wouldn’t be outdone, securing the catch on a long pass for six with 55.6 seconds left in the opening quarter. Again, however, the kick attempt would be fruitless. Giving the host Eagles a 24-0 lead.
In the second quarter, Drew Fox would start the scoring on a 13 yard run. Before Mitchell Stivers would finally put the Otis Bulldogs on the board. His 60 yard catch and run would be Otis’ only score on the night. The kick attempt after was blocked. Momentarily holding the Stratton lead to 30-6.
Cyler Notter would find the endzone twice more for the hosts, setting up his Al Bundy Award, with a 36 yard run and a 23 yard reception. Both point after attempts were drop kicks from Notter. Giving Stratton a commanding, 46-6 lead with 7:46 left in the first half.
Just 51 seconds lefter, Drew Fox would go yard again, on an 11 yard touchdown run. The run by Brody Webb would be good for the single point. And Stratton would setup the running clock, up 53-6.
On the last play of the first half, Stockton Fye would add his naming to the scoring sheet, with a 24 yard run. Gage Levin would snag the single point pass attempt for the point after. And Stratton would walk to the lockers with a commanding, 60-6 lead.
With the competitive portion of the game settled, the second half was a series of half efforts by both squads offensively. Grady Steerman would break into the scoring column with a 59 yard run. While Gavin Ruhs would collect the single point passing play.
And in the fourth quarter, Stratton would be stopped near the goal line via turnover. Though Otis would turn it right back. With time running, Stockton Fye would score the last points of the game, on a 1 yard TD run. Stratton would win comfortably, 73-6 to retain their well-earned #1 ranking.
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