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Rams look to build off last week’s upset of Olathe

Jeff Caspersen
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Could the Rams be turning the corner?

After a stunning win over defending 2A state champion Olathe last weekend, those associated with Roaring Fork’s football program have to believe just about anything is possible.

Though they’re 2-4 overall, the Rams sit at 2-1 in 2A Western Slope League play and are tied for second place alongside Olathe and Coal Ridge. At 3-0, Aspen currently sits atop the league standings.



“We just played three teams that went to the playoffs last year and we went 2-1 against them,” Roaring Fork head coach Tory Jensen said in the aftermath of last Friday’s 23-22 overtime win over the Pirates. “We’ve got a ton of work to do, but to be 2-1 at this stage, to play those three teams that went to the playoffs last year, is a huge deal for us.”

Huge deal indeed.



The Rams have endured a rough spell in recent years. They haven’t tasted much in the way of success since their last postseason appearance in 2006.

“I think they believe,” Jensen said, “so now we’ll see what happens.”

Tonight, Roaring Fork can further brighten its playoff prospects with a trip to Gunnison.

After a 3-0 start, the Cowboys are reeling. They’ve opened league play with three straight defeats, losing to Aspen, Coal Ridge and Grand Valley.

Glenwood Springs kept its dim playoff hopes alive with a 34-14 dismantling of Moffat County last week. Tonight, the 2-4 Demons host a winless Steamboat Springs squad.

After an early season derailed by slow starts to games, Glenwood surged out of the gates in Craig last week, building a 27-7 lead at halftime.

Rifle looks to sustain its winning ways as it heads to Delta tonight.

The 6-0 Bears, currently in first place in the 3A WSL, rushed for nearly 600 yards in a 47-12 rout at Steamboat Springs last week.

Ryan Moeller ran for nearly 300 yards all by himself. Brandon Kittle finished just shy of 200 yards as the Bears sunk the Sailors, who haven’t won a game since 2009’s Class 3A state semifinal.

Delta (4-2) has won its last two games, defeating both Steamboat and Eagle Valley.

A couple of 2A WSL heavyweights meet in Peach Valley tonight, with Olathe paying a visit to Coal Ridge.

The defending 2A state champion Pirates (3-3) are coming off a 23-22 loss at Roaring Fork last week.

Coal Ridge (3-3) is rolling after league wins over Cedaredge and Gunnison the past two weeks.

Sophomore Tyler Scott’s 185 yards and three touchdown passes helped Grand Valley to a 37-33 win at Gunnison last week.

The Cardinals came alive in the fourth quarter to beat the Cowboys, outscoring the hosts, 15-6, in the frame to improve to 2-4 overall and bag their first 2A WSL win.

Grand Valley’s ground game was clicking as well last week. Tanner Zimmerman’s 104 yards paced the Cards. Chris McGruder chipped in 51 yards and two scores.

Basalt is next for Grand Valley. The 3-3 Longhorns visit Parachute tonight on the heels of a 35-13 loss to valley rival Aspen.

jcaspersen@postindependent.com


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