Rifle High School football head coach Damon Wells was named Denver Broncos high school coach of the week after guiding the Bears to a 52-13 win over Eagle Valley last Friday.
Wells' squad finished up the regular season at 10-0, winning its second consecutive 3A Western Slope League title in the process. Rifle is the No. 1 seed in the 3A state playoffs and will host No. 16 Erie in the first round at 1 p.m. on Saturday.
Over the course of the last two seasons, the Bears have a combined record of 21-1.
Wells, also the assistant principal at Rifle High, has been with the program for more than a decade. This is his second stint as head coach. He held the job from 2005-2007 before resigning. He returned as an assistant in 2009 and then became head coach again in 2010.
Prior to arriving in Rifle, Wells served as an assistant coach at North Fort Myers (Fla.) High School and at Cypress Lake High School in Fort Myers.
Wells graduated from Cypress Lake in 1989 and Florida State University in 1993. He played quarterback at Cypress Lake before playing football and baseball at Kentucky Wesleyan College for two years.
As a recipient of the Denver Broncos high school coach of the week award, the NFL Youth Fund will present a $1,000 check to the Rifle football program. Award winners are chosen by Denver Post preps writer Neil Devlin, Billy Thompson of the Broncos and Andy Lindahl of KOA 850 AM.