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Bears roll past Grizzlies in 3A football playoffs; Demons, Titans fall

Jon Mitchell

Garfield County’s sports teams have one lone representative remaining in the postseason. That team is the Rifle High School football team, which moved on to the Class 3A quarterfinals in emphatic fashion on Saturday.

Rifle’s Brock Clark finished with 108 yards rushing and four touchdowns — also returning the opening kickoff 90 yards for a score — to lift the sixth-seeded Bears to a 61-13 victory against No. 11 Northridge in the first round of the Class 3A state playoffs.

The victory lifted the Bears (10-1), the four-time 3A Western Slope League champions, into a matchup with third-seeded Roosevelt (10-1) in Johnstown. The Roughriders of the Northern Conference defeated Eagle Valley, 42-7, in another first-round game on Saturday.

Two other Garfield County teams saw their seasons end on Saturday. One was the Glenwood Springs Demons, who lost their first-round football playoff game to Evergreen, 24-7, at Trailblazer Stadium in Lakewood. The other was Coal Ridge High’s volleyball team, which saw its season end following a sweep by Platte Valley on the second day of the 3A State Championships at the Denver Coliseum.

Check out Sunday’s Glenwood Springs Post Independent for more coverage.

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