Coal Ridge looks to reverse fortunes in league play |

Coal Ridge looks to reverse fortunes in league play

Jeff Caspersen
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Before the season started, Coal Ridge head football coach Scott Parker knew his team had something to prove.

And it’s something that seems simple enough. The Titans need to show they can win 2A Western Slope League games.

That quest begins tonight with a visit from Roaring Fork. It’s homecoming night for Coal Ridge, which kicks off league play with a 3-0 overall record.

While the Titans have been outright dominant in two of their three non-league games – a 27-0 win over Eagle Valley and a 52-8 rout of Rangely last week – 2A WSL play has plagued them in recent seasons.

“We’ve had a good non-league run,” Parker said. “Hopefully, that momentum will carry us into the league.”

Coal Ridge has entered the league slate with a 3-0 record before. Back in 2008, wins over Hayden, Peyton and Rangely sparked hopes for a promising season. The Titans went on to lose six of seven league contests. An 0-7 league record followed in 2009.

But things seem different this time around.

“Most definitely,” Parker said. “Like I’ve said before, we’re deeper than we’ve ever been, and it shows.”

Roaring Fork enters league play on the heels of a 1-2 record.

The Rams flanked a 42-20 win over Battle Mountain in Week 2 with a Week 1 loss to Hotchkiss (55-12) and a Week 3 defeat at Palisade (53-13).

With games against one of Class 1A’s top teams in Hotchkiss and against a Class 3A powerhouse in Palisade, the Rams are certainly battle-tested.

“Roaring Fork is a tough-nose school, a tough-nose football team,” Parker said. “They’ve got some size and they like to bang it. We’ll have to match their physical play.”

Tonight’s game kicks off at 7 p.m.

Rifle’s football team made quite the statement last week, sticking it to Olathe, 34-6. On the road, no less.

Going up 28-0 by halftime, the 2-1 Bears rolled over the 2008 Class 2A state champs.

And they hope to keep that momentum going into tonight’s trip to Battle Mountain. It’ll be the 3A WSL opener for both teams.

The Huskies (1-2) enter tonight’s game after a 42-7 loss at The Classical Academy.

Rifle defeated Battle Mountain last year, 47-27.

Losing five fumbles didn’t keep Grand Valley from a win in a trip to Hayden last week.

With Anthony Rhoads rushing for 218 yards and Caleb Lenard picking up 128 yards on the ground, the Cardinals managed a 17-12 win over the Tigers to improve to 2-1.

Next up for Grand Valley is a trip to Cedaredge tonight for its 2A WSL opener.

The Bruins lost to Bayfield, 41-0, last week and are 1-2 on the young season.

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