Bears ‘D’ dampens homecoming
The Bears finished the job. That was difference in a victory for Rifle in a 7-3 nail-biter over Glenwood Springs Friday at Stubler Memorial field. “We know Glenwood has good kids. They’ve had good kids for a long time,” said Rifle coach Damon Wells. “We just tried to make our adjusts and put a stop to what they were doing. Fortunately, our kids were able to do what we asked of them.”Rifle’s defense stiffened when it counted the most in Glenwood Springs High School’s homecoming game.
Late in the third quarter with a 7-3 lead, the Bears line collared Glenwood quarterback Eric Lundin inside Rifle’s 1-yard line on fourth down. The play left the Demons with nothing after marching from their own 23 in 15 plays.The win moved Rifle to 3-1 in Class 3A Western Slope Conference play (3-2 overall). Glenwood falls to 1-3 in the WSC and 1-4 overall.”I’d be lying if I didn’t say I was scared,” said Bears quarterback Tyler Gose as he watched the critical third-quarter play unfold. “But we got it done. I had faith in everybody, but you couldn’t help but be a little nervous.”
Becoming a jittery has become common at recent contests between the two schools lately.The tight score reminded many of the 2004 nail-biter where the Demons broke a 14-year losing streak against the Bears. And, this year’s game was just as tense.Gose hit receiver Cody Boe for the game’s only touchdown – a 6-yard play-action pass – in the first quarter. Rifle’s defense set up the score when they forced Glenwood running back Daniel Mierkey to fumble inside the Demons’ 20.
As the line was forcing the turnover, an alert Timmy Long, who was backing up the play, scooped up the loose ball and moved it to the Glenwood 10.Three plays later, Rifle hit pay dirt.And, the Demons, who were successfully able gain yardage the entire game, couldn’t find their way into the end zone.
Glenwood drove inside Rifle territory on three of its first four offensive drives. But as far as scoring, the entire net worth was a 29-yard field goal by Derek Weller in the second quarter.”It was a matter of them making plays when they needed to, and when we had a drive going we couldn’t convert,” said Glenwood coach Rocky Whitworth.”We had our chance, and we didn’t convert,” Whitworth said of the Demons failed third-quarter drive. “Right now we’re not making enough plays to be successful.”Both teams resume conference play next Friday. Rifle hosts Palisade, Glenwood travels to Moffat County.
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