Austin Boulter Player of the Game for Gilpin with 4 TD’s
by Patty Unruh
First Win for Gilpin Football
Gilpin High School shut out the Caliche Buffaloes 46-14 in a home non-league football battle last Saturday, September 17. It’s the first win this season for Gilpin, whose record is 1-2. The Buffs are 0-4.
“That was a well-needed win,” Eagles Coach Craig Ball said. “We have been moving people around to find the right fit for everyone. We moved Austin Boulter to fullback, and he was our Player of the Game with four touchdowns and over 100 yards rushing.”
The coach highlighted Boulter’s “Pick 6,” an interception returned for a touchdown.
Ball also noted, “Dante Nadeau had a great first game of the season with three fumble recoveries. Matt Immordino showed why he is one of the best slotbacks in the state. He gained 189 rushing yards and had three TD’s. Caliche was a big team, and we tried to wear them down with our no-huddle offense. As you can see by the score box, they didn’t have a lot left in the tank at the end of the game.”
The first quarter was anxious for the Eagles. Caliche scored first with a touchdown only two minutes into the game, but failed to get the 2-point conversion. A Gilpin highlight was a 19-yard completed pass to Braedyn Perez.
Gilpin fired up in the second period with Boulter’s first TD but no conversion, bringing the score to 6-6. Caliche made a long, slow drive toward the goal line, but were repeatedly stopped by the Gilpin defense.
In the third quarter, Caliche scored the second of their touchdowns, plus a conversion, with 8:32 to go. Gilpin answered with a 40-yard carry by Immordino to inside the 5-yard line and a Boulter TD, making it 12-14 Caliche. Later in the quarter, Immordino sprinted for 75 yards into the end zone, but there was a penalty on the play, resulting in no TD. Two more Gilpin attempts from the 1-yard line finally resulted in a TD, followed by a Boulter conversion. The third quarter ended 20-14 Gilpin.
The Eagles seemed energized in the final period, racking up another 26 points. The game’s conclusion provided some excitement, with a Buff punt to inside the 25-yard line. It was first and 10 Gilpin with 33 seconds remaining. Gilpin fumbled and Caliche recovered, but the Eagles’ defense stopped the Buffs from scoring again. Final score 46-14 Eagles.
The refs were busy throughout the contest. They handed Caliche 11 penalties for 51 yards and pushed the Eagles back 100 yards through 15 penalties. Delay of game, false start, face mask, encroachment, and illegal formation were a few of the many reasons to throw flags on the plays.
The Eagles’ total yardage was 367; the top rushers were Immordino with 189 and Boulter with 107. Eryk Lorenz completed 1 pass for 22 yards and Immordino 1 for 19.
The Gilpin defense had a good game. Dante Nadeau had 1 sack and recovered 2 fumbles. Immordino and Josh Trujillo each grabbed 13 solo tackles, Lorenz 9, and Manny Gomez 6. Trujillo also assisted on 10 tackles, Lorenz on 8, and Immordino on 7. The team had a total of 112 tackles.
The Eagles meet Belleview Christian for Gilpin’s homecoming game on Friday, September 23, at 7:00 p.m.
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