Two of 2A’s best square off in Parachute |

Two of 2A’s best square off in Parachute

Jeff Caspersen
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, Colorado CO

Grand Valley owns Class 2A’s No. 5 ranking in the latest Denver Post football poll, in which coaches and members of the media statewide cast votes. Bayfield is No. 4.

Both teams are 4-0 overall. Both are perched alongside Coal Ridge atop the 2A Western Slope League standings at 2-0 in conference play.

Grand Valley’s up-and-coming Cardinals, who haven’t qualified for the state playoffs since 2008, and the powerhouse Wolverines, who last December appeared in the 2A state title game, will duke it out for Slope supremacy tonight in Parachute.

An outright dominant run in the season’s early going has garnered a place in the spotlight for Grand Valley, which is coming off a 40-20 rout of Gunnison last week. Behind quarterback Tyler Scott and all sorts of offensive weaponry, the Cardinals are averaging nearly 45 points a contest. They’re surrendering just 11.5 an outing.

Bayfield has been similarly dominant, and against slightly better competition. While Grand Valley’s first four opponents have a collective 1-14 record, the Wolverines’ foes are a combined 5-9. Bayfield is averaging just over 28 points and is allowing just under eight.

Last week, Bayfield picked up a 27-10 win over No. 9 Aspen.

Tonight’s kickoff is slated for 7 p.m.

Glenwood Springs got its first win out of the way against Steamboat Springs last week, dismantling the Sailors by a 55-12 count. Tonight, the 1-3 Demons will look to make it a winning streak in a visit to Delta, where the Panthers are 3-1 to start 2012.

Delta defeated Eagle Valley (35-21) in Week 3 and Moffat County (21-14) last week to open 3A WSL play.

Glenwood is 1-2 in 3A WSL play, but the two losses came against the No. 1 and No. 2 teams in 3A – Palisade (33-7) and Rifle (28-0).

Pagosa Springs pays a visit to Peach Valley for Coal Ridge’s homecoming tilt tonight.

The Titans are riding a three-game winning streak after a dramatic 13-6 win over Olathe in overtime last Friday. They’re presently 3-1 overall and 2-0 in the 2A WSL.

At 0-4, Pagosa is desperate for a win. The Pirates haven’t had much luck in recent weeks, losing to Aspen by a touchdown (21-14) in Week 3 and to Basalt by a field goal (10-7) last Friday.

t’s homecoming week at Rifle, too. The undefeated Bears will face winless Battle Mountain tonight.

Rifle is coming off a 62-6 rout of Montezuma-Cortez last week and is Class 3A’s No. 1 team in the latest Denver Post poll.

Running back Ryan Moeller eclipsed the 1,200-yard mark with 238 rushing yards against the Panthers. He rushed for four TDs to bring his season total to 17. Kellin Leigh also got in on the rushing attack in a big way, scurrying for 183 yards and two scores.

The Huskies enter tonight’s game on the heels of a 45-0 loss to No. 2 Palisade.

After a 30-27 win over Basalt in its season opener, it’s been tough going for Roaring Fork. The Class 1A Rams have lost three straight games against Aspen (28-7), Monte Vista (47-13) and Ridge View Academy (42-14).

Next up for the Carbondale school is a visit to Paonia tonight. It’ll be the 1A WSL opener for both squads.

The Eagles are also 1-3. They beat Dolores, 38-6, last week.

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