Roaring Fork tops Coal Ridge in the muck
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
CARBONDALE, Colorado – Cesar Farrias worried he might have trouble keeping his feet under him on a muddy, slick field that had been blanketed in snow only hours earlier.
Roaring Fork’s senior running back wound up doing a little better than just staying upright. Farrias rushed for 187 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries, helping his Rams to a 27-19 football win over visiting Coal Ridge on Friday.
“It was super slippery,” Farrias relayed. “There were times I felt like I was just going to slip off, but coach told me to keep my feet under me.”
Farrias wasn’t the only Ram to abide by coach Greg Holley’s advice, as the hosts racked up 338 yards on 49 totes and rode a running back-by-committee attack to a 27-7 third-quarter lead.
Quarterback Jayson Denton finished with 47 yards rushing and two TDs for the Rams. Johnny Nieslanik added 53 yards and Jake Hawkins had 36.
The latter two runners, who employ a bruising running style, offered a nice change of pace from Farrias’ speed.
“It takes them by surprise,” said Farrias, who broke off a 95-yard run early in the third quarter. “They have to expect the power or expect us to run fast to the outside.”
Coal Ridge, too, was efficient with its ground game.
Led by Crockett Williams’ 121 yards and 54 from Dillon Schelling, the Titans rushed for 229 yards.
“I thought our offensive line gave our backs some nice openings,” Coal Ridge coach Scott Parker said. “It was nice to see, with the weather conditions, that we were able to get a lot on the ground.”
Parker’s Titans started the game on a high enough note as Williams darted 97 yards for a score on Coal Ridge’s first offensive play.
But turnovers, particularly giveaways in the red zone, cost the Titans.
Down 21-7 in the second quarter and at the Roaring Fork 6-yard line, Coal Ridge coughed up an interception.
Early in the third quarter, the Titans fumbled the ball away inside the Rams’ 5-yard line. All told, Coal Ridge gave the ball away four times.
“Turnovers were definitely a big factor,” Parker said. “We had our opportunities, but I’m proud of our kids. They kept fighting. You’ve got to give [Roaring Fork] credit. They made the plays and we didn’t.”
The Rams weren’t without turnover troubles themselves, matching the Titans in the giveaway column, including two fourth-quarter fumbles that kept Coal Ridge in the game.
Williams scored a pair of TDs to pace the Titans. Schelling had Coal Ridge’s other score. Williams, throwing the ball effectively on halfback options, led the team’s air attack with 95 yards on 4-of-10 passing.
Cody Walls led the Titans with 93 yards receiving yards on five catches.
Friday’s win upped the Rams’ record to 2-7 overall and to 2-4 in the 2A Western Slope League. Coal Ridge is now 2-7 overall and 0-6 in league.
The Titans travel to Aspen next week, while Roaring Fork hosts Cedaredge.
Friday’s game almost did not happen.
Buried under six inches of snow from this week’s storm, the field at Carbondale Middle School was unplayable earlier in the day.
But then Jay Denton of Silver Mountain Properties came to the rescue, assembling a makeshift crew to clear the mess of snow.
Using a pair of walker mowers equipped with snow-clearing attachments – a blade and snow blower, specifically – Denton and his crew saved the day.
“We were out here from 11:30 [a.m.] to 6 [p.m.],” said Denton, whose son plays for the Rams. “This morning there was six inches of snow on the field.”
Denton’s crew consisted of his company’s operations director, his brother and his step-dad, who was visiting from Kentucky.
“We started in the middle and worked to the sidelines,” Denton said. “We just worked together. My step-dad had a shovel, cleaning up after us. … My step-dad said he came to watch a football game tonight and he wanted to make sure it happened.”
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