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It’s back to business for Titans after Aspen upset

Jeff Caspersen
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

The time to celebrate perhaps the biggest win in Coal Ridge football history is over. A lot of season remains for the Titans, who upset top-ranked Aspen last week.

“As a team, we’re just trying to get better,” said head coach Scott Parker, whose team improved to 6-2 with a 27-14 win over the Skiers last Friday. “We definitely like where we’re at, but we know we can still get better.”

Going into last weekend’s action, Aspen owned the No. 1 spot in the Denver Post’s Class 2A ranking.



On tap for tonight is a trip to Basalt, where Parker’s Titans will duke it out with the defensive-minded Longhorns in a game with major playoff implications.

Basalt is 5-3 overall and, just like Coal Ridge, is 3-2 in the 2A Western Slope League.



Both teams are a game behind second-place Aspen, which is at first-place Olathe tonight.

The top two teams in each of Class 2A’s six leagues earn automatic playoff berths. The classification’s final four playoff spots are earned via wild-card points.

Whichever side survives tonight’s Basalt-Coal Ridge matchup would see its playoff case boosted in a major way.

“They are a good football team,” Parker said of the Longhorns. “We’ll have to play well.”

Rifle enters its toughest stretch of schedule with a visit from Palisade tonight.

The victor will have second place in the 3A WSL all to itself.

Palisade has been demolishing opponents of late, averaging 42.3 points a game during its current four-game win streak. The Bulldogs bring a 7-1 record into tonight’s contest.

Rifle is 6-2 and coming off a 21-18, overtime loss to Moffat County last Friday. Before the defeat in Craig, the Bears had won five straight.

Rifle is at league-leading Glenwood Springs next week.

Glenwood Springs, which hasn’t lost since Week 2, looks to extend its winning streak to seven games with a trip to Delta tonight.

The 7-1 Demons are going up against a Delta squad that improved to 5-3 overall and to 3-2 in the 3A WSL with a 25-19 win over Battle Mountain last Friday.

Glenwood Springs beat Battle Mountain, 35-21, back on Oct. 1.

Grand Valley visits Roaring Fork in a battle of struggling teams tonight.

The Cardinals (3-5) lost to Olathe, 42-0, last Friday. The Rams (2-6) were beaten by Cedaredge, 27-0.

jcaspersen@postindependent.com


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