Wray beats Hotchkiss to advance to the 1A football semifinals

(Daniel Stoeber)

For the first time since 2012, Wray will head to the Class 1A football semifinals.

The Eagles, the No. 4 seed in the bracket, beat No. 5 Hotchkiss 38-13 on Saturday.

"Hats off to Hotchkiss staff and players," Wray coach Levi Kramer said. "They have one heck of a program. I was really proud of how our boys played today. We have a ton to work on next week, but looking forward to putting in the work with this group."

After Hotchkiss scored first, and held a 7-0 lead at the end of the first quarter, Wray scored 24 unanswered points to lead 24-7 at halftime. Wray's Tyler Collins paced the offense with three first-half scores.

Collins kept it up in the second half when he added a fourth touchdown, this one from 12 yards out, that made it 32-7 at the end of three quarters.

(Daniel Stoeber)

Payton Wade, a sophomore, scored in the fourth quarter to make it 38-7.

Hotchkiss' Drayden Taylor and Blaine Peebles scored for the Bulldogs.

"Credit Coach Kramer and his kids, as they created big plays in the passing game that got them up a couple of scores," Hotchkiss Curtis Hintz said. "They played hard for four quarters. Felt like we matched them physically in the first quarter. They hit a couple of big plays and couldn't close the gap. Proud of this group, they had a great year. But kudos to Wray."

Wray will advance to face top-seeded Limon in the semifinals.

"I'm proud of how my team played today," Wray's Tyler Collins said. "We aren't satisfied. Our focus is beating Limon now."

(Daniel Stoeber)