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Bears, Sailors set for playoff matchup

Post Independent/ Kara K. PearsonRifle

Live football is the main attraction of Thanksgiving weekend as Rifle (8-4) hosts Western Slope Conference rival Steamboat Springs (10-2) in a Class 3A semifinal football game Saturday at Bears Stadium.

Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. The gates open for fans of both teams at 11:30 a.m. Tickets for the contest go on sale the day of the game, also at 11:30 a.m.

Admission is $7 for adults and $5 for students in grades K-12 and seniors. Ticket prices for all state playoff games are set by the Colorado High School Activities Association. The only passes for entry to Saturday’s game must be pre-issued from the CHSAA.

Fans can listen to live play-by-play on two local radio stations. Ron Milhorn is the main commentator for KMTS-FM 99.1. Ken Bench fills the same duties for KISS-FM 105.3. A repeat of the KISS broadcast airs at 3 p.m. on KRGS-AM 690.

This is the second meeting this season for the Western Slope Conference teams. On Sept. 16, the Sailors defeated Rifle in Steamboat, 14-12.

The Bears carry a five-game winning streak into Saturday’s rematch. Rifle advanced to the semifinals by defeating Metropolitan Conference runner-up Elizabeth 35-14 last weekend.

Steamboat Springs downed Eagle Valley 14-6 to earn a spot in the state semis.

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