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Mark Moore Special to the Post IndependentCoal Ridge quarterback Kyle Kelly looks for room to run outside during Friday's 38-6 win over visiting Cedaredge.
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Thrust into quarterback duty with starter Robby Moore injured, Kyle Kelly filled in capably, lifting Coal Ridge to a 38-6 win over visiting Cedaredge on Friday.

He had plenty of help from a defense that produced four interceptions and an offense that featured two 100-yard rushers.

Brent Hazzard rushed for 121 yards, a good chunk of that coming on an 86-yard touchdown run on the Titans’ second drive of the night. Cody Walls added 115 yards on the ground.



Kelly threw a pair of TD passes, finding Walls with one and Devon Godeski with the other.

“Kyle had been playing receiver for us,” Coal Ridge coach Scott Parker said. “He did a great job tonight in the huddle. He showed he could go out and win a football game for us.”



Alex Zupcsek kicked a 35-yard field goal for Titans, who held a 28-6 lead at halftime.

Cotton had two interceptions and Walls and Bryant Hernandez had one apiece to lead a stingy defensive effort by the Titans.

“Overall, I liked our energy and their mindset coming into the game,” Parker said. “You know, the kids played well.”

The win pushed Coal Ridge to 5-1 overall and to 2-1 in the 2A WSL. The five wins are a record total for the school, which opened in 2005 and began playing at the varsity level a year later.

The Titans are at Olathe next week.

Senior quarterback Keaton Deere ran for one TD and threw for another to help lead the Rifle Bears to a 26-7 homecoming victory over Steamboat Springs Friday night.

Ryan Moeller led a bruising running game for the Bears, gaining 107 yards on 17 carries. The sophomore scored on a spectacular 38-yard run to give the Bears a 13-7 lead in the second quarter.

The Sailors jumped out to a 7-0 lead on their first possession – a 94-yard drive. After that time-consuming drive, the Bears’ defense clamped down and didn’t allow the Sailors another first down in the half.

Rifle junior Taylor Webb had a hand in a bunch of big plays. He made a nifty one-handed catch for an 11-yard TD, and then he was on the throwing end of a long TD.

After taking a pitch from Deere, Webb ran right, pulled up and lofted a perfect strike to Austin Booth for a 44-yard TD.

Late in the fourth quarter, Webb stepped in front of a Sailor receiver for an interception near the goal line, returning it 50 yards.

The win pushed Rifle’s record to 5-1 overall and 3-0 in 3A Western Slope League play.

“I’m really happy that we got the win,” Bears coach Damon Wells said. “I’m incredibly happy that we got the win. We had some incredibly tough individual efforts.”

Two of those efforts came from defensive linemen A.J. Cordova and Kyle Shaw.

“It’s very fair to say that, defensively, they led the way,” Wells said. “A.J. Cordova and Kyle Shaw led us defensively. Our defense played really well. Our coaches put together a great game plan and A.J. and Kyle had a great effort.”

Next up for Wells and the Bears is a visit from Delta next week.

Grand Valley coach Mike Johnson admitted it wasn’t the prettiest of wins, but a win’s a win. Especially in the 2A Western Slope League.

With quarterback Jerrod Busch connecting with Victor Castaneda on a 20-yard TD pass just before halftime, the Cardinals held on for a 7-0 win over visiting Gunnison on Friday.

The defense held strong the rest of the way as Grand Valley improved to 3-3 overall and to 1-2 in the 2A WSL.

“They had one time where they entered the red zone,” said Cardinals coach Mike Johnson, whose defense had a similarly dominant first half.

“They’re a tough team,” Johnson said of his squad’s Friday foe. “It was a hard-fought game. I wouldn’t say it was a really pretty game. I feel like we’re two very similar teams. We’ve both got stingy defense and, you know, it was kind of knock-down, drag-out game.”

Grand Valley is at Basalt next week.

Roaring Fork suffered a 35-7 loss at Olathe on Friday.

The loss dropped the Rams to 1-5 overall and to 0-3 in the 2A WSL.

Roaring Fork hosts Gunnison next week.

– Dale Shrull of the Rifle Citizen Telegram contributed to this report.


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