MONTROSE — Pueblo West went on the road and beat Montrose to clinch a spot in the Class 4A football semifinals.
The Cyclones built a 17-0 halftime lead, pushed it to 24-0 in the third, and then held off Montrose as it tried to rally in the second half.
"Montrose is a well-coached football team," Pueblo West coach Clint Buderus said. "We were able to take advantage of good field position and get an early lead. We knew Montrose would not roll over. They battled back and were able to score a few quick touchdowns. Our defense played great and were able to get some big stops."
Montrose cut it to 24-19 with seven minutes to play in the fourth quarter before Pueblo West answered with a rushing score with four minutes left.
"I've never been more proud of our team," Montrose coach Brett Mertens said. "We were down 24-0 and our kids refused to quit. Montrose football is full of mentally and physically tough kids, and those kids are going to be successful in whatever they do in life. I will miss the senior class, but at the same time I am excited for the years to come. This is a great football community and I am extremely grateful for the support from so many people in this community."
Matt Rudd had a 52-yard score for Pueblo West, and Chandler Mason threw two touchdowns.
Pueblo West will travel to No. 1 Pine Creek next weekend.