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Letter: Rifle toughness will prevail

I was blessed enough to move to Rifle in 2001 as a junior at Rifle High School. During my short two years I was privileged to have football coaches like Damon Wells and Todd Ellis. They taught us how to be better not only in football but in life, to never give up, to never settle for anything less than perfect.

I learned firsthand coming from a large football powerhouse in Oklahoma to a small 3A school what “Rifle tough” meant. During the 2012 season I was again privileged to be an assistant coach under Damon Wells. In short, I have never seen a coaching staff work so hard to make sure their players succeed. The countless hours the staff puts in during the weekdays, not to mention Saturday and Sunday, where the staff will spend the better part of 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. preparing for the week ahead. If you can visualize that commitment to these young men, the sacrifices they make with their families — times it by 10. To be accused of cheating is nothing less than someone crying wolf. The integrity of RHS football I know will prevail as we are and always will be Rifle tough.

As for Align Multimedia, Ryan Mackley and his crew, I today still have my VHS tapes from Ryan filming our games back in 2001-02. The work he has done to preserve the memories of hundreds of players over the years is bar none. As an involved member within the Rifle community I know not only what he and his company do for RHS football but that of the many local businesses and nonprofits they work for. To accuse them of deliberately cheating for stepping inside to player’s box for three plays is absurd. In a direct response to the accusers, we’ll see you on the field.

Ryan Gilbert


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