Bears Football Notebook
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
So what was on television at the Wells household on Thanksgiving?
Football, of course.
After overseeing his Bears in the morning, Rifle High School head coach Damon Wells headed home to spend the holiday with his family, including his wife, Mandy, his 13-year-old daughter, Sydney, and his 9-year-old son, Hayden.
Sure enough, the veteran coach had plans to take in a little bit of the day’s NFL action.
“My wife makes fun of me a little bit,” Wells said. “After we do all this and spend 100 hours a week here, I go home to relax and watch football.”
What were the Bears most thankful for as they gathered for Thursday’s Thanksgiving practice?
“I’m thankful to be here today,” senior Hugo Ruelas said. “I’m thankful to spend the day with these guys and my family. I get to spend another day with them. It’s cool.”
Said junior Javier Nunez: “Just to have another day to live, to be honest. Not a lot of kids have this chance to practice on Thanksgiving, to play another day of football, to get ready for another team. I’m just thankful for being here today with my family. This is my family.”
Junior Kellin Leigh had a similar response.
“Just having the opportunity to play in a semifinal game,” he said. “There are a lot of other teams that have worked hard and are not as far, so it’s good to be here.”
Not only will Pueblo East be facing Rifle at Dutch Clark Stadium, but Colorado State University-Pueblo will be hosting Indianapolis in the second round of the NCAA Division II playoffs at the ThunderBowl in Pueblo on Saturday.
At the high school level, Pueblo West is still alive in the Class 4A playoffs and will face Monarch at Centaurus High in Lafayette on Saturday.
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Burning Mountain Park in New Castle will illuminate Saturday evening at the town’s Holiday Tree Lighting and Chili Cook-off between 5 and 7 p.m.