Bears, Pirates set for rematch |

Bears, Pirates set for rematch

Jeff Caspersen
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Darcy Copeland / Citizen Telegram Contributor

Last year, Rifle’s football team made a Week 3 statement with a 34-6 rout of host Olathe. The Bears hope to do something similar tonight.

The defending Class 2A state champion Pirates visit Rifle tonight in a rematch that will surely seize the attention of prep football enthusiasts statewide.

Olathe, 1-1 and ranked fifth in 2A in the latest Denver Post media poll, will no doubt be in search of revenge against the Bears. It’ll also be looking for a bounceback effort after last week’s 32-14 loss to No. 1 Florence.

Class 3A Rifle, now 2-0 after pulling out a 21-14 win at Coal Ridge last Friday, is anticipating quite a fight from the Pirates.

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“They’re the defending state champs,” Bears senior running back/safety Taylor Webb said in the wake of last week’s win at Coal Ridge. “They’re going to want to beat us. I think we’ll be ready and I think we all know what we have to do to win. It should be a good game.”

Rifle has leaned heavily on its ground game in the early going. Workhorse back Ryan Moeller has rushed for 415 yards already. The speedy Brandon Kittle is up to 236 yards.

Olathe is led by quarterback Ben Kaylor, who racked up 162 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions on 11-of-21 passing against Florence last week.

Kickoff at Bears Stadium is slated for 7 p.m.

A shorthanded Coal Ridge squad will host Class 3A Delta tonight.

The 2A Titans will be without the services of a handful of players who are serving suspensions for athletic code of conduct violations.

Coal Ridge enters with a 1-1 record and is coming off a 21-14 loss to rival Rifle in Week 2.

Delta (1-1) knocked off Montezuma-Cortez, 24-14, last week.

Roaring Fork will have its hands full with Palisade visiting Carbondale tonight. The Bulldogs are Class 3A’s third-ranked team.

The 0-2 Rams have been outscored 77-6 in losses to Hotchkiss and Battle Mountain.

Palisade is 2-0, with a 24-12 win over Class 5A Grand Junction Central and a 45-35 win over D’Evelyn, Class 3A’s No. 7 team, on its ledger.

Surrendering 14 fourth-quarter points, Grand Valley stumbled to a 21-14 loss at Paonia last week to drop to 0-2 on the young season.

The Cardinals will be looking for a rebound performance against visiting Hayden tonight. The Tigers doubled up Yuma, 30-15, last Saturday.

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