Branson’s Cade Smith

Branson’s Cade Smith (28) sends the ball into play against the Walsh Eagles in week two. Pictured is Walsh Eagle Cole Tedder (33).

Week 6 concluded the Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAA) ‘regular’ season play with 6 games scheduled for all teams who opted into fall football.

La Veta’s Tuesday night loss to Cotopaxi concludes Las Animas County’s 2020 regular season.

In the absence of a traditional 8 game football season, CHSAA granted all non-playoff qualifying teams a seventh game of their choice.

The Branson Bearcats will rematch the Walsh Eagles on Friday Nov. 20 at 6 p.m. in Walsh.

Amidst COVID-19 concerns the La Veta/Aguilar Redskins will play an inter-squad scrimmage in place of a seventh game.

n Cotopaxi Pirates 74 — La Veta/Aguilar Redskins 33

The La Veta/Aguilar Redskins finalized the regular season with a 74-33 loss against the Cotopaxi Pirates on Tuesday night.

Initially scheduled for Saturday Nov. 14, the game was postponed as a high wind warning went into effect Saturday morning for the San Luis Valley with gusts exceeding 75 miles-per-hour.

Tuesday’s game retired four seniors from the La Veta roster – Kaleb Andreatta, Gage Eddleman, Micah Nix, and Ian Vallejos finished their high school football careers Nov. 17 against Cotopaxi.

Despite the score, the Redskins totaled a monumental 546 yards of offense in the loss.

Ian Vallejos and Gus Andreatta shared the offensive responsibilities accounting for over 300 yards of offense, as running backs Gage Eddleman and Gabe Vigil fell to injuries in the first half.

“Offensively this was one of the best performances my team had this year,” said Head Coach Ron Orvitez.

Down only 34-14 at halftime the Redskins opened the second half with a touchdown bringing them within 2 scores.

“Any time we built momentum, we would wind up being our own worst enemy,” said Orvitez.

Four interceptions, three pick-sixes, and two fumbles put the game out of reach for La Veta who finished the season 1-5.

The Redskins will play a ‘Red versus White’ inter-squad game this weekend in place of competition said Orvitez.

La Veta will start the 2021 football season with a new school, football field, and mascot as the school undergoes rebranding.

n Branson Bearcats face Walsh Eagles on Friday, Nov. 20 at 6 p.m.

Week 7 will be the second adaptation of the Branson versus Walsh football saga in 2020.

In their week two meeting the Branson Bearcats jumped out to an early lead taking a 12-0 advantage into halftime.

The Walsh Eagles fought back in the fourth quarter scoring 16 unanswered points, upsetting the then No. 10 ranked Bearcats.

“They play Walsh football, they’re going to play smash mouth football and they’re never going to put their buckets down,” said Branson Head Coach Adam Lucero.

Looking for revenge in the loss that knocked them out of the polls, the Bearcats look to bring more physicality to the second rendition of the matchup.

“It’s always fun to get rematches later in the season because no team is ever the same and you always wonder how much your team has improved. A rematch is the perfect way to test that,” said Lucero.

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