Roaring Fork football gets 5 All-2A WSL nods |

Roaring Fork football gets 5 All-2A WSL nods

Jeff Caspersen
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Kelley Cox Post Independent file

CARBONDALE, Colorado – Roaring Fork head football coach Greg Holley and his stable of assistants wanted to find a way to get the ball into the hands of Cesar Farrias more. So Holley and company moved the senior, in his first year with the program, to running back.

Turned out Farrias was up to the task. And then some.

After shifting to the backfield in the Rams’ fourth game, Farrias amassed 956 yards on the ground, proving his coaches right.

Other coaches took notice, too, voting Farrias as one of the 2A Western Slope League’s Backs of the Year.

“It just so happens we found out he had great hands,” Holley said. “The thing is, we needed to get the ball to him a lot more than we did as a wide receiver. You’ve got your best player on the team and he’s got to touch the ball consistently, so we moved him to halfback.”

Not only did Farrias contribute at the new position, but he was also one of the area’s top kickers, hitting four field goals from beyond 40 yards. He also amassed 355 yards as a kick returner.

Farrias was joined by four Roaring Fork teammates on the all-league roster. Utility man Jake Hawkins and defensive end Jake Strack-Loertscher were fellow first-teamers. Receiver Trenton Reeds and offensive lineman Felipe Gomez were honorable mentions.

Hawkins and Farrias were the only two seniors on a team that went 3-7 in 2009. All three wins came in the season’s final five weeks.

Like Farrias, Hawkins did a little bit of everything for the Rams.

“You know, we had him playing almost every position on the field – tight end, running back, offensive guard,” Holley said. “We had him playing quite a few positions this year. He was pretty effective at everything.”

Holley called Strack-Loertscher, a junior, one of the best defensive ends he’s ever coached.

Said Holley: “The guy was just pretty tenacious.”

PEACH VALLEY, Colorado – Bryant Hernandez brought much-needed consistency to Coal Ridge’s offensive and defensive line.

“He was one the kids who got better every week,” Titans head football coach Scott Parker said. “He was our most consistent lineman.”

Hernandez’s consistent play caught the eye of 2A WSL coaches, who elected him one of the circuit’s Linemen of the Year.

The junior was joined on the all-league first team by running back/receiver/kick returner Cody Walls and running back/defensive back Colby Fauser. Defensive back Claudio Rios, quarterback Crockett Williams and receiver Robby Moore were honorable mentions.

Walls racked up nearly 1,000 yards of total offense.

“Cody did a little of everything,” Parker said.

Of the all-league group, only Rios, Williams and Fauser are seniors, meaning the building blocks are in place for the Titans as they look to improve on their 2-8 showing in 2009.

“We have, in both our line and at the skill positions, a lot of kids returning with varsity experience,” Parker said.

PARACHUTE, Colorado – A 7-3 season produced quite the all-league award haul for Grand Valley’s football team.

The Cardinals boast five first-teamers and five honorable mentions on the 2009 All-2A WSL roster.

Leading the way were quarterback Ryan Gallegos, named one of the league’s Backs of the Year, and Tyler Miles, one of the circuit’s Linemen of the Year.

Tyler Radel, Omar Melendrez and Anthony Rhoads joined Gallegos and Miles on the first team. Jared Tonder, David Witt, Garrett Smith, Daniel Kamanawa and Jerrod Busch were all honorable mentions.

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