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Tigers drop road game

Scott Stanford

— Chancy Marolf ran for 223 yards and three touchdowns Saturday to lead Norwood High School to a 29-14 upset of the Hayden Tigers.

“We were lucky to get out on them early and make the lead hold up,” Norwood Coach Mike Hughes said. “Hayden is a good ball club. They are going to make the playoffs so this was a big win for us.”

Norwood entered Saturday’s game without a win, having opened the season with losses against San Juan, Utah, and Ignacio. By contrast, Hayden came into the matchup fresh off a 14-12 win over defending state champion Nucla.

It may have been the 6-hour drive to Norwood, but Hayden struggled to get on track early. The Tigers managed only a couple of first downs in the first half, while Marolf ripped off big run after big run for the Mavericks.

Marolf scored on a 17-yard run at the end of the first quarter and on a 24-yard run halfway through the second. Just before the first half ended, Norwood quarterback Zane Wilson, who finished with 135 yards passing, hooked up with Justin Dolezel for a touchdown to put the Mavericks on top 19-0 at the break.

The Mavericks would add two more scores in the third, including a 51-yard run by Marolf, to move into a stunning 29-0 lead.

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Hayden finally got on the board with 9 seconds left in the third when quarterback Kevin Miller, seeing his first action after serving a two-game suspension, ran 40 yards for a score.

Miller also scored on a 32-yard run in the fourth. The touchdown runs helped offset the yardage Miller lost in sacks. He finished the game with 97 yards on 8 carries, but all six of his pass attempts fell incomplete. Filling in for Miller, Riley Whiteman completed four of 11 passes for 23 yards.

Jacques Denker added 44 yards rushing for the Tigers.

The Mavericks finished with 436 yards of total offense, 301 of which came on the ground. Hayden managed 188 yards.

“Hayden is a very good team,” Hughes said. “I was very impressed with Miller in his first game. We’re just happy to get out of it with a win.”