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Gilpin Eagles fly past Nederland Panthers 30-26

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Defeat Longmont Christian 54-6

By Patty Unruh

High School Football vs. Nederland Panthers

The Gilpin County High School Eagles football team defeated neighboring Nederland Panthers 30-26 in a back-and-forth conference matchup on Saturday, September 27 on the Gilpin field.

“We had this game circled on the calendar from day one,” reported Gilpin County High School’s Head Coach Craig Ball. “I think that our young men showed a little grit in our win on Saturday. They deserved this win and all of the bragging rights that go with the victory.”

Ball went on to state that our mountain community can be proud of the way the two teams battled. He related, “We thought the game would come down to how we played in the fourth quarter, and it took a great drive by our offense to produce the winning score with eight minutes left in the last quarter.” The defense then brought the victory home.

Jonny Lovett was Overall Player of the Game, with a 65-yard touchdown pass reception and one interception.

Matthew Immordino was Offensive Player of the Game, with 205 yards rushing in 46 carries, 2 TD’s, and 2 conversions. Immordino is now the rushing leader in the conference, with 852 rushing yards in total for the year, with three games remaining in the regular season.

Dalton Dziedzic was Defensive Player of the Game, with 22 total tackles, including 11 tackles and 11 assists, and 1 tackle for a loss.

The two teams took turns scoring as the crowds yelled encouragement.

The Eagles’ Immordino made a 6-yard TD run in the first quarter and a 2-point conversion, making the score Gilpin 8-0.

The second quarter showed a good bit of action as Nederland answered with a 3-yard TD run, but the conversion was no good, making it Gilpin 8-6.

Gilpin’s Bjorn Tomlinson then scored a 3-yard touchdown run and also made the conversion, bringing it to 16-6 Gilpin.

The Panthers QB threw a 44-yard touchdown pass, also in the second quarter, but again the conversion was no good, so it was 16-12 Gilpin. Nederland again scored with an 8-yard TD pass and the 2-point conversion, bringing the Panthers ahead 20-16.

Lovett thrilled the Gilpin crowd with a 65-yard TD pass reception from Chase Boulter, followed by Immordino’s conversion to make the score 24-20 Gilpin just prior to the half.

The third quarter saw Nederland run in a 96-yard TD pass, and the score was 26-24 Ned.

In the fourth quarter, Immordino made a 5-yard TD run to make the final score 30-26 Gilpin.

Penalties hurt both teams; Nederland had 5 penalties for 55 yards, while Gilpin had 9 for 75 yards, with a 78-yard kickoff return called back, as well.

Gilpin had 18 first downs to Nederland’s 10.

Gilpin had 305 yards rushing, 79 passing, and 43 by special teams, for 427 total yards. Besides Immordino’s 205 yards, Tomlinson had 9 carries for 60 yards and Boulter had 10 carries for 40 yards.

Boulter led in passing with 3 completions for 79 yards.

Gilpin made 44 solo tackles, 11 by Dziedzic, and 44 assisted tackles. No sacks were made, but Gilpin hurried the QB 6 times, and Tomlinson caused one fumble.

Nederland rushed 189 yards, passed 188 yards, and gained 59 yards from special teams, for 436 total yards.

Leading passer for Nederland was Michael Wood with 9 completions for 164 yards. Noah Ridnell was leading rusher with 180. The Panthers made 73 solo tackles and 15 assisted; they sacked Gilpin’s QB on one occasion.

Eagles vs. Longmont Christian

Gilpin High School overwhelmed Longmont Christian 54-6 in away conference play on September 19.

Gilpin scored 14 points in the first quarter, 32 in the second, and 8 in the third. Longmont scored 6 points in the fourth quarter.

Ben Mestdagh was Overall Player of the Game. “Ben is the senior on our offensive line,” said Head Coach Craig Ball. “The team rushed for 390 yards. Great job!”

Offensive Player of the Game was Matthew Immordino, who rushed for 262 yards and scored five touchdowns.

Bjorn Tomlinson was Defensive Player of the Game. He had 6 total tackles, 3 for a loss of 8 yards; 1 fumble recovery; and 3 quarterback hurries.

Immordino scored 36 points in 5 TD’s and 6 conversions; Tomlinson came in with 8 points in 1 TD and 2 conversions; Mestdagh contributed 6 points with 1 TD; and Dalton Dziedic made 4 points in conversions.

Chase Boulter passed for 29 yards and one touchdown.

Mestdagh received twice for 29 yards.

Immordino was leading rusher with 262 yards; Boulter rushed for 52 and Jack Ball for 44.

Dziedzic made 9 tackles, 7 of them solo tackles. Tomlinson and Manny Gomez got 6 tackles each and Austin Boulter 5.

Gerardo Correa made 7 sacks, Tomlinson 3, and Dziedzic and Sam Ghaffari 1 each.

Jonny Lovett had one interception.

Correa and Tomlinson each made 1 fumble recovery.

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