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Moffat County up next for No. 5 Bears

Jeff Caspersen
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Darcy Copeland Special to the Post IndependentRifle's Ryan Moeller pushes away a Delta defender during last week's 41-7 win over the Panthers.
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A pair of high school football teams heading in opposite directions meet tonight in Rifle.

Rifle, 7-0 and ranked fifth in Class 3A in the latest Denver Post media poll, will square off against Moffat County, which is 1-6 and has yet to win a game in October.

The unbeaten Bears, who currently sit atop the 3A Western Slope League standings, destroyed Delta last week in a 41-7 road rout and have outscored opponents by a 236-73 count so far in 2011.



Running back Ryan Moeller continued to put up rushing stats that’d be tough to match controlling a digital Adrian Peterson in the video game Madden NFL 12. The junior roughed up the Panthers to the tune of a ridiculous 321 yards and four touchdowns.

Moeller’s numbers through seven games: 1,487 yards, 12 TDs and a 9.01 yards-per-carry average.



Brandon Kittle is also putting up big stats. The speedy senior has 814 yards and 14 TDs on the back of a 10.85 yards-per-carry average.

Needless to say, Rifle’s offensive line is opening up some sizable holes.

Moffat County enters tonight’s game at Bears Stadium with a three-game losing streak in tow. The Bulldogs lost to visiting Battle Mountain, 28-13, last weekend.

Glenwood Springs looks to resume its steady climb back into the 3A playoff picture with a trip to Eagle Valley tonight.

The 3-4 Demons, winners of two straight, will face a 1-5 squad in Gypsum.

Last weekend, Glenwood thoroughly dismantled winless Steamboat Springs. The 43-0 win featured 147 yards on 8-of-10 passing from sophomore Travis Lundin, who has sparked the team with his play in recent weeks.

Fellow sophomore Henry Hill racked up 110 yards and three scores on the ground and senior receiver Cam Avery topped the 100-yard mark in receiving for the Demons, who improved to 2-2 in the 3A WSL.

In a must-win game for the Titans, Coal Ridge travels to Aspen tonight.

The Titans’ 2A playoff hopes were dealt a blow with a 36-17 loss to visiting Olathe last week. At 3-4 overall and 2-2 in the 2A WSL, Coal Ridge can’t afford another loss.

And it won’t be easy sledding against the Skiers.

Aspen (6-1) is currently perched atop the league standings and is Class 2A’s fifth-ranked team.

The Skiers shut out Cedaredge, 30-0, last week and have won four in a row.

Grand Valley is on an absolute roll in the season’s second half.

Since nearly knocking off Aspen in its 2A WSL opener on Sept. 30, the Cardinals have won two straight games, including a 34-7 beating of Basalt last week. Grand Valley is now 3-4 overall and 2-2 in the 2A WSL after starting the season 1-4.

David Witt and Tanner Zimmerman both topped the 90-yard mark in the rushing department against the Longhorns. Sophomore quarterback Tyler Scott continued to flash promise, completing 11 of 16 passes for 173 yards.

Next up for the surging Cardinals is a trip to Olathe tonight.

The 4-3 Pirates rebounded from an overtime loss to Roaring Fork the previous week with a win over Coal Ridge last Friday.

Teams in dire need of victories meet up in Carbondale tonight.

Cedaredge and Roaring Fork, both 2-5 and coming off defeats, will battle in a 2A WSL affair.

The Rams lost at Gunnison, 31-6, last week.

The Bruins, 2-5 and currently in the midst of a three-game losing streak, were shut out by Aspen, 30-0, last week.

jcaspersen@postindependent.com


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