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Titans look to stick Olathe with a fourth straight loss

Jeff Caspersen
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Can Olathe’s football program really be as down as its 0-3 record suggests?

Coal Ridge will find out firsthand tonight in Peach Valley, where the Titans will take on a visiting Pirates squad that has been outscored by a 39-113 count so far in 2012.

Why is this a big deal?

Well, Olathe have been a veritable football powerhouse in recent years. The Pirates are four-time defending 2A Western Slope League champs and won Class 2A state titles in 2008 and 2010.

Coal Ridge hopes to push Olathe to 0-4 and win its third straight game in the process. After a 45-6 Week 1 shellacking at the hands of Rifle, Class 3A’s top-ranked team in the Denver Post poll, the Titans have righted the ship with wins over Meeker (39-20) and Gunnison (36-16).

Running back Chris Contreras led Coal Ridge’s offensive attack against Gunnison with 192 yards and three touchdowns on the ground. Cole Zywiec amassed 111 yards and punched in a couple rushing scores as the Titans improved to 2-1 and snagged their first 2A WSL victory.

After a brutal stretch of games to open the season, Glenwood Springs looks to visit the win column for the first time in 2012 when Steamboat Springs visits Stubler Memorial Field tonight.

The Demons (0-3) haven’t had it easy to start the season, losing to three teams ranked high in Class 3A in the Denver Post poll – No. 5 Conifer (42-19), No. 2 Palisade (33-7) and No. 1 Rifle (28-0).

They’ll be facing a Steamboat Springs squad that’s won just one game since defeating Pueblo Central in the Class 3A semifinal back in 2009. That one win, which came two weeks ago in the form of a 21-19 victory against Summit, snapped a 22-game losing streak.

The Sailors dropped to 1-2 overall last week with a 56-27 loss to Moffat County.

Rifle, the top-ranked 3A team in the Denver Post poll, is off to the Four Corners region to face Montezuma-Cortez tonight.

The Bears mauled their first three opponents of 2012 – Coal Ridge (45-6), Moffat County (45-0) and Glenwood Springs (28-0). They have outscored those opponents by a collective count of 118-6.

Cortez is coming off a 63-7 loss to No. 2 Palisade last week and is 1-2. Its only win came in Week 2 against Battle Mountain (34-20).

Last week against Glenwood Springs, Rifle’s Ryan Moeller continued to put up unreal numbers, rushing for 325 yards and three TDs. He now has 13 scores and nearly 1,000 yards in just three games.

Grand Valley couldn’t ask for a much better start to the 2012 season.

The Cardinals were crisp from the outset in a 52-7 rout of Olathe last week.

Brenden Neuleib returned the opening kickoff all the way to the 1-yard line and, on the very next play, quarterback Tyler Scott punched it in on a keeper to give Grand Valley the early lead.

It all snowballed from there as the Cardinals kept pouring on the points while improving to 3-0 on the young season. They now own the No. 7 ranking in 2A in the latest Denver Post poll and head coach Mike Johnson believes his team is capable of big things.

“If we can stay healthy and focused, I think we can make a push for a league title,” he said in the wake of last Friday’s win.

Next up for surging Grand Valley is a visit from Gunnison tonight. The Cowboys dipped to 0-3 with last week’s 36-16 loss to Coal Ridge.

Class 1A Roaring Fork will make the long haul to the Front Range for a matinee affair at Ridge View Academy on Saturday.

After a wild, comeback win over Basalt in Week 1 (30-27), the Rams from Roaring Fork dropped to 1-2 with losses to Aspen (28-7) and Class 1A powerhouse Monte Vista (47-13).

In Watkins, which is situated just east of Aurora, Roaring Fork will face a Ridge View Rams squad that’s 0-3 and has been outscored by a 41-111 margin.

jcaspersen@postindependent.com


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