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Comeback effort falls short for Mustangs

by Larry Banman
Sky-Hi Daily News
Grand County CO Colorado

The West Grand High School football team scored first and last in its game against Rangely this past Friday night but was unable to overcome Rangley’s three touchdowns.

In the 19-14 loss to the Panthers in Rangely, senior wide receiver Stetson Sabados caught a pair of touchdown passes. In the first half, quarterback Tim Ritschard was injured on a option running play in which he gained positive yardage. Travis Gore stepped in and, on his first play at quarterback, completed a touchdown pass to Sabados. By that time Ritschard had recovered from his injury and came in to kick the extra point.

The Mustangs were able to sustain that 7-0 lead until halftime. Rangely was then able to tie the game and take the lead by scoring three second half touchdowns. The Panthers only converted one PAT try, but it was enough for a 19-7 lead.

West Grand put together another scoring drive in the fourth quarter and struck paydirt on a Ritschard-to-Sabados touchdown pass. Ritschard again tacked on the PAT and, with 1:20 left in the game, the Mustangs had hopes of a miracle comeback win.

Ritschard had a good attempt at an onside kick, but Rangely was able to secure the ball and the victory.

West Grand Coach Chris Brown said the protection by the offensive line was as good as it has been all year. He said he had been hopeful for a victory for his young charges but turnovers stalled a couple of promising drives. The Mustangs are now 2-6 as they head into the season finale this Friday night in Kremmling against the Hayden Tigers.

Neither Hayden or West Grand will be fighting for a playoff berth this year, so Coach Brown said it will be interesting to see how the players respond to the end of the year battle between two teams that have battled hard over recent seasons.

Playing their last game for the Mustangs will be Sabados, Ben Edmondson, Garrett Cannon, Justin Stanfill. The game is scheduled to kickoff at 7 p.m.