Clock runs out on underdog Bears |

Clock runs out on underdog Bears

RIFLE, Colo. In the past two seasons, Rifle has turned underdog playoff seedings into state title appearances.

They’ve ignored critics and made history by making the underdog look like the favorite. The Bears knocked off top-seeded Niwot in 2004 on the road to a state championship. In 2005, the Bears surprised No. 1 Northridge en route to a state runner-up finish.

On Saturday, Rifle entered the playoffs as the lower seed again, this time facing No. 1 Alamosa. The Bears fought hard but came up one score short of another upset as Rifle broke its underdog winning streak with a 34-26 loss to the Mean Moose.Rifle came out strong, scoring first on a 14-yard Tyler Thompson run. Thompson found the end zone again on a 5-yard run to put Rifle up 13-7.

That’s when Alamosa turned the table, scoring four of the game’s next five touchdowns with help from the rocket arm of Clay Garcia, one of the state’s top quarterbacks.While the Bears never gave up, the clock ran out on their underdog tale, leaving players, coaches and fans in tears, unable to believe the unbelievable ride was over.Post Independent, Glenwood Springs, Colorado, Colo. CO

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