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BHS outguns Gunnison 58-13
10/12/2012 By: Melanie Brubaker Mazur
T.J. Pazell, 3, carries the ball Friday during a Wolverine offensive drive that never really stopped. Photo by Denise Hess.
Bayfield's homecoming game Friday started out on a scary note as Gunnison caught the kickoff and ran it back for a touchdown.
That was the highlight of the evening for the Cowboys. Jolted by being behind for one of the few times this season, the Wolverine offense came alive, and BHS was off and running, literally, led by Allec Rodriguez and T.J. Pazell as they ran the ball down the field, and Pazell scored six points.
The extra point was good, then Gunnison muffed an attempt to hike the ball, and Bayfield was ahead 9-7 with a two-point safety.
Then Matt Knickerbocker started his scoring spree, getting his first, then second touchdown of the evening in the span of a few minutes. After Gunnison had the ball for a short time, it went back to Bayfield, and another long run by Rodriguez brought it to the one-yard line. Then Knickerbocker ran it in the final yard for his third touchdown.
The Wolverines started the second quarter with another long run by Anthony Chamblee, followed by a 37-yard touchdown run by Knickerbocker, and the Wolverines were ahead 37-7.
Then it was another carry by Trey Lange, followed by another touchdown for Chamblee.
Then another touchdown by Pazell, and a successful two-point conversion, and it was 51-7 at the end of the half.
At halftime, Layne Bulwan was crowned homecoming queen and Michael Hawkins, a member of the football team, was king. The Bayfield Wolverette dance team rocked the crowd through the decades, performing routines to music from the 50s to the present, and the Marching Wolverines presented their final home performance of the season.
After the halftime festivities, the third quarter started with another bang, a 97-yard return by Rodriguez, another extra point, and it was 58-7.
By the fourth quarter, Coach Gary Heide moved in his freshmen and sophomores. They allowed a few more Gunnison carries than the first string, but still held their own, keeping Gunnison to just one touchdown. Kelton McCoy made the final carry of the game as the Wolverines won 58-13.
This was the last home game of the season. BHS now goes on the road to Olathe on Oct. 19, then down the road to perennial rival Pagosa Springs on Oct. 26. Playoff action after that? We'll see!
More homecoming action takes place Saturday. The soccer team takes on Telluride at 11 a.m. Saturday, followed by the volleyball Wolverines, with C team action starting at noon, JV around 1:30 p.m., and varsity at 3 p.m.