Rifle shuts out Glenwood in rout, 28-0
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
RIFLE, Colorado – Glenwood Springs head coach Rocky Whitworth has never seen anything like it in his more than 30 years of coaching football.
His Demons drove reeled off a 21-play, 96-yard drive that yielded no points.
“It’s unbelievable,” Whitworth said. “But, you know, that’s a pretty good defense.”
The defense he’s referencing belongs to Rifle.
Making stops when they needed them most and racking up crazy rushing yardage on offense to control the possession game, the Bears shut out Glenwood on Friday, 28-0.
In three games, 3-0 Rifle has outscored opponents by a count of 118-6.
What makes that defense tick?
“I think everybody here likes to play football,” senior linebacker/offensive guard Cody Beauford said with a laugh. “We all just like tackling and hitting.”
The Bears did plenty of each on Friday, keeping the rival Demons off the board.
On offense, Rifle’s vaunted Ryan Moeller-led run game churned out some big numbers.
Moeller finished with 325 yards and three touchdowns on 32 carries, covering 51, 1 and 74 yards on those three scores. The senior running back, who also had an interception on defense, is now up to 991 yards and 13 TDs in just three games.
While those numbers are something that’d be difficult to replicate even in a video game, Moeller says he doesn’t dwell on them.
“I just kind of try to go each play, each game, you know?” he said. “If you start thinking about it, you get a big head and you can’t do as well as you think you can. It ruins it, I think. You’ve got to stay focused on what you’re doing now.”
Kellin Leigh added 49 yards and a TD as part of a 375-yard rushing effort for the Bears, who are ranked No. 1 in the latest Denver Post poll and now stand at 2-0 in 3A Western Slope League play.
Quarterback Travis Lundin finished with 201 yards and an interception on 22-of-31 passing for Glenwood, which moved the ball more efficiently in the second half after falling behind 21-0 at intermission. Auston Tribble hauled in 13 receptions for 128 yards and Henry Hill, playing in his first game of 2012, rushed for 94 yards on 24 carries.
Although they reached the red zone twice in the second half, the Demons just couldn’t punch it in.
“We were moving the ball and then not scoring just kind of deflated us,” Whitworth said. “We had some stops and made them punt a couple times, but that’s a very good football team.”
Whitworth believes better days await his team, which dropped to 0-3 overall and to 0-2 in league play.
“We’re a little bit better than what we’ve shown so far,” he said. “I still think we’ll show better as the season goes on. We’ve got like three of four [injured] players coming back still. We’ve got nowhere to go right now but up. We’ll try to take another step next week.”
Steamboat Springs visits Glenwood next week, while Rifle will make the lengthy trek south to face Montezuma-Cortez.
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