Storylines abound as prep football hits the halfway point
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
We’re halfway done, folks.
The high school football regular season hit its midway point with the completion of last week’s games and, with three of the five schools in the Post Independent’s coverage area sitting at 4-1, the season could very well rage on into mid-November – if not longer – on multiple fronts.
Now’s the time to size up what we’ve seen so far and to take a peek at what the remaining five weeks of the regular season might hold.
Coal Ridge (4-1) – The Titans have been one of 2010’s biggest surprises. The defensive-minded squad has yielded a 2A Western Slope League-low 39 points in winning four of its first five games.
A 4-0 start to the season featured a 13-6 win over neighboring rival Rifle, a 3A school, and Coal Ridge’s first-ever homecoming win – a 45-19 rout of Roaring Fork in Week 4. The Titans’ four wins match a school record set back in 2008.
Glenwood Springs (4-1) – With every passing season, Glenwood’s football tradition grows stronger. The Demons, who have made the playoffs in three straight campaigns, appear to be headed to the postseason again in 2010. With a 21-20 win over Palisade in Week 4 in the bag, a third 3A WSL title in four years may also await. Any loss for Glenwood from here on out – save maybe a defeat suffered on an Oct. 29 trip to Delta or in a Nov. 5 visit from Rifle – would be considered an upset.
Rifle (4-1) – The wins don’t always come in the prettiest of fashions, but the Bears are getting the job done. A 13-6 loss to Coal Ridge in Week 2 is all that separates them from a perfect season. At 2-0 in the 3A WSL, Rifle is tied with Glenwood atop the standings. The Bears are doing it with defense. They’ve allowed a league-low 63 points.
Grand Valley (2-3) – A tough schedule – and a little self-inflicted adversity – have made early 2010 a challenge for Grand Valley. Missing seven starters in a 20-13 loss at Gunnison in Week 4 put Grand Valley in an instant hole in league play, a hole that deepened with a 27-0 loss to Aspen the following week. Worst of all, those seven players sat as a disciplinary measure.
Still, with the Skiers in the rear view and a series of winnable games ahead, the Cardinals may have a turnaround in them.
Roaring Fork (1-4) – Injuries and an already-thin roster have Roaring Fork off to a rough start. The Rams have been outscored, 204-86, so far and are in need of a big-time reversal of fortune to have a shot at the postseason.
Glenwood at Palisade, Sept. 23 – Two late touchdowns rallied Glenwood back from a 20-8 deficit to grab the upper hand in the 3A WSL title race with a 21-20 win. Despite throwing three interceptions earlier in the game, quarterback Luke Jacob came up big with a 50-yard TD run to jumpstart the Demons’ rally. Glenwood’s taut defense afforded Palisade just 67 yards on the ground and 230 yards of total offense.
Fruita Monument at Glenwood Springs, Sept. 17 – When you’re a Class 3A school, designating a game against a Class 5A opponent as homecoming probably isn’t the best idea. But the Demons made it work, outgunning Fruita Monument, 36-28. Jacob threw for 187 yards and ran for 147 to pace Glenwood.
Rifle at Olathe, Sept. 17 – Facing a team just two years removed from winning a Class 2A state title, Rifle was at its best. The Bears blitzed Olathe, 34-6, behind 167 yards rushing for Ryan Moeller and a couple of TD passes from Keaton Deere. Rifle hasn’t lost since.
Coal Ridge at Rifle, Sept. 10 – It was an emotionally charged game between Garfield School District Re-2 mates, Coal Ridge escaped with a 13-6 win. After an 85-yard TD run by Moeller on the Bears’ second play from scrimmage, neither team scored again until the fourth quarter. Scores by Cody Walls and Robby Moore delivered the Titans a win in the first-ever meeting between the neighboring schools.
Grand Valley at Rifle, Sept. 3 – Rifle quarterback Keaton Deere rushed for a late TD as the Bears emerged with a 20-19 win in a back-and-forth contest. Michael Kellebrew returned an interception for a TD to put Grand Valley ahead with roughly seven minutes to go.
Coal Ridge at Olathe, Oct. 15 – If Coal Ridge is for real, it’ll have to hold its own against one of the 2A WSL’s perennially strong programs.
Delta at Rifle, Oct. 15 – Delta was a popular pick to win the 3A WSL before the season started. This game could hugely impact the league’s playoff race.
Aspen at Coal Ridge, Oct. 22 – If the Titans rebound from last week’s 6-0 loss at Gunnison, this game could have league-title implications.
Glenwood Springs at Delta, Oct. 29 – The first of two tough games for Glenwood as the season winds down.
Rifle at Glenwood Springs, Nov. 5 – A rivalry game against two teams that are currently tied for the 3A WSL lead.
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