Game of the Year: Defending champion Bayfield visits Durango in Vallecito Bowl rivalry

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Game of the Year: Defending champion Bayfield visits Durango in Vallecito Bowl rivalry

Class 2A No. 1 Bayfield visits Class 3A No. 10 Durango
When Durango and Bayfield line up Friday night at DHS, more than 3,000 fans are expected to be in attendance.
Bayfield’s David Hawkins played int he 2016 game at Durango but was sidelined by injury for the 2017 game. He’s anxious to play the rivalry game Friday at DHS.ears
Keys to victory

The 2018 edition of the Bayfield-Durango football rivalry is expected to be another close contest between two good teams. Each have different strengths, as Bayfield boasts a powerful defense while Durango has an explosive offense.
Here are the reasons either team could win Friday night:
Bayfield High SchoolA historic defense in 2017 held the Durango Demons to 13 points in Bayfield’s 20-13 win. Defense again will be the key to victory for the Wolverines in 2018, especially on the road against a much more diverse Durango offense.
Running the ball, controlling clock and forcing punts is the avenue to success for the Wolverines. The Demons have quick-strike ability, and a high-scoring affair won’t go the way of BHS.
Bayfield will need to force multiple turnovers and score when in the red zone. The Wolverines went scoreless on six red zone trips last week against Aspen.
If it’s Bayfield, it’s a low-scoring game, 20-14.
Durango High SchoolThe Demons have to tackle David Hawkins, and the passing game must beat a talented Bayfield secondary. But the Demons have the tools to do what few teams can against a potent Bayfield defense.
Getting holes to run through early is imperative for the Demons to set up play-action passes. Bayfield’s defense is relentless against the run, but it will be equally tough to beat if the Wolverines know the Demons have to throw all game. Jordan Woolverton’s ability to escape the pass rush and find open receivers will decide the Demons’ fate.
Durango’s defense can’t count on Bayfield committing self-inflicted wounds like last week. It must make plays of its own.
The offense will need to score more points than the previous two matchups against Bayfield combined. Woolverton and Dawson Marcum can deliver, and extra points and kicking field goals could help Durango to a win. If it’s Durango, it’s a high-scoring game, 31-25.

If you go

Who: Class 2A No. 1 Bayfield at Class 3A No. 10 Durango

What: The Vallecito Bowl

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Where: Durango High School stadium

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More Info: Durango High will host a tailgate party before the game from 5 to 6:45 p.m. The party is on the front lawn of the DHS campus. Hot dogs, buns, condiments and beverages will be provided. Bring a side dish, snack or dessert to contribute to the party.

Game of the Year: Defending champion Bayfield visits Durango in Vallecito Bowl rivalry

When Durango and Bayfield line up Friday night at DHS, more than 3,000 fans are expected to be in attendance.
Bayfield’s David Hawkins played int he 2016 game at Durango but was sidelined by injury for the 2017 game. He’s anxious to play the rivalry game Friday at DHS.ears

Game of the Year: Defending champion Bayfield visits Durango in Vallecito Bowl rivalry

Hayden Farmer threw the game-winning touchdown for Bayfield against Durango last year in the final minutes of the fourth quarter. While the senior at BHS is focused on repeating as state champions, he knows Friday night’s rivalry at Durango is an important game for both communities.

Game of the Year: Defending champion Bayfield visits Durango in Vallecito Bowl rivalry

Durango’s sophomore quarterback Jordan Woolverton wants to write his own chapter of the Bayfield-Durango rivalry. His brother, Peyton, through the game-winning touchdown in overtime of the 2016 game.

Game of the Year: Defending champion Bayfield visits Durango in Vallecito Bowl rivalry

Dawson Marcum has been a key piece of the previous two Bayfield-Durango matchups, and the Durango senior will be again Friday night.

Game of the Year: Defending champion Bayfield visits Durango in Vallecito Bowl rivalry

Bayfield’s David Hawkins played int he 2016 game at Durango but was sidelined by injury for the 2017 game. He’s anxious to play the rivalry game Friday at DHS.
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