Bears face Moffat County after successful season opener |

Bears face Moffat County after successful season opener

Ryan Hoffman
Senior Tyler Bosshardt breaks a 45-yard run to the end zone in the second quarter of the season opener Friday night. A holding penalty negated the score.
Ryan Hoffman / Citizen Telegram |

Following a win in the season opener last week, Rifle High School’s football team will travel to Craig Friday to take on the Moffat County High School Bulldogs.

The two teams faced off in the season opener last year — a performance the Bears won 62-7.

Both teams will be looking to improve to 2-0 on the season Friday. Moffat County defeated Steamboat Springs High School 27-0 in the season opener, while the Bears bested Grand County out of Moab, Utah, 47-12 at Bears Stadium last week.

Led largely by the run game and senior running back Tyler Bosshardt, Rifle finished with 420 total yards of offense in that performance. Bosshardt contributed a total of 131 yards rushing on nine carries, along with two touchdowns.

“I feel pretty confident but I got to give credit to the guys up front,” Bosshardt said after the game.

In total, the Bears rushed for 308 yards, while senior quarterback Ethan Strouse completed four out of six passes for a total of 112 yards, including a 46-yard pass to Bosshardt.

The victorious start to the season came without head coach Damon Wells calling the plays on offense. Wells served a one-game suspension related to an incident last season involving a volunteer videographer who was out of place.

The opening win was a testament to the coaching and work Wells puts in with his players, said assistant coach John Arledge.

“The kids held their composure just like their head coach,” Arledge said. “Bottom line: life goes on. It’s Rifle football.”

Kickoff is at 7 p.m. Friday.

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