Bears’ success doesn’t surprise football mom
RIFLE – Annette Jensen, mother of Bears lineman Travis, has done a good job of forecasting her son’s football season at Rifle High School.”Last summer we had two of the players over at our house in Silt. I looked at them and predicted they would go to state. And sure enough that prediction has come true.”She didn’t say whether she had a vision regarding the outcome of Saturday’s Class 3A championship game against Sterling. But she admitted to being nervous watching Travis and the Bears at games.”Before the Conifer game, I was waiting for some family members to come to my house so we could go to the game together,” she said, “and I couldn’t relax in my own home. I cleaned and was trying to find things to do.”After arriving at Bears Stadium for the quarterfinal contest with the visiting Lobos two weeks ago, she watched Rifle win 38-22, featuring a key defensive play by Travis.”Travis had an interception against Conifer. That was his first of the season. When he does well and makes big plays, (as a parent) you’re just as proud as can be.”Jensen said last week’s game in Longmont against Niwot was just as nerve-wracking.”I was standing up with my gold pompoms in my hands, and I couldn’t sit down the entire time. I was too excited.”The team rewarded her and the rest of the large contingent of Rifle supporters with a 23-20 victory to advance them to the school’s first state championship football appearance in 31 years.Win or lose, Jensen said Saturday’s game will be special for the players and their parents.”For a lot of these kids, they’ll never put on a uniform again after Saturday’s game,” she said. “You want them so badly to do well and leave high school with good memories. You want them to achieve the most they can, and Rifle’s done that.”
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Fans, players and coaches on both sides of Stubler Memorial Field seemed to know it would come down just the way it did, regardless of who had the ball at the end.