MONTROSE — A two-point conversion attempt late in the game proved to be the difference as 4A No. 3 Montrose beat 3A No. 10 Durango on Friday night.
Montrose's defense turned away the attempt with 1:17 to play as they held on for a 14-13 win.
"It certainly wasn't pretty, but we'll take it," Montrose coach Brett Mertens said. "I'm very proud of the boys and their team effort tonight. The defense played outstanding and we were able to make enough plays down the stretch to hold on for the win."
Montrose started the scoring when Cole Simmons capped an 80-yard, 13-play drive with a 3-yard touchdown. Durango answered in the second with a four-yard touchdown pass from Jordan Woolverton to Ford Pitts.
The game was tied at 7 at halftime.
In the third quarter, Cole Simmons gave Montrose a lead again with a 13-yard rushing touchdown with 4 minutes remaining.
The game stayed that way until Durango's Woolverton rushed for a score with 1:17 to play. The ensuing two-point attempt was denied when a pass fell incomplete.
Montrose recovered the ensuing onside kick.
"We really showed our heart tonight," Montrose senior Riley Barnhill said. "It was a great team win. We just kept fighting and got it done."
Montrose moves to 3-0 following the win, while Durango is now 1-2.
"Two tough physical teams," Durango coach David Vogt said. "We played hard. I'm proud of the boys and the performance they gave tonight."