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Bayfield football parade set; Ryan Phelps’ sack record official

Phelps’ record becomes official
Ryan Phelps of Bayfield High School had plenty of reason to be excited Saturday, as the Wolverines beat La Junta 34-7 to win the state championship in Class 2A. In the process, Phelps had four sacks to reach a new Colorado single-season record of 24 sacks.

Bayfield had a party Saturday when it hosted the Class 2A state football championship. After Bayfield High School delivered a 34-7 win against La Junta for the third football state title in school history, the Wolverines are now ready for the after party.

A parade to commemorate the school’s championship is scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday in downtown Bayfield on Mill Street. After the parade, there will be a pep rally held inside the Bayfield High School gymnasium at 3 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

The Wolverines got one more bit of good news after watching film of Saturday’s game to determine official statistics. Ryan Phelps, a senior defensive end, was credited with four sacks against La Junta. That gave him 24 quarterbacks sacks on the season, which is a new Colorado high school record, regardless of classification. He broke the previous record of 23½ sacks set by Pine Creek’s Jack Wibbels in 2015.

Bayfield also finished with 65 sacks as a team, which broke the previous state record of 60 set by Discovery Canyon in 2014.

With another milestone to celebrate, the Wolverines will be ready to party again Wednesday.


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