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Bears sunk by Sailors

Baron Zahuranec
Rifle Correspondent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

In a game where Rifle couldn’t seem to get it working on offense, their opponent, the Steamboat Springs Sailors moved the ball at will.

The Bears fell 32-7 last night, and even at that it was almost a shut out as they only managed to score on their final offensive play as time expired.

“It comes down to blocking and tackling and we weren’t able to do either,” interim head coach Anthony Alfini said. “We didn’t execute where we had to and that’s where we went wrong.”



Rifle was in the hole 7-0 after Sailors quarterback Austin Hinder faked a draw and kept it himself for a 65-yard touchdown just 12 seconds into the game, their first offensive play. Rifle tried but was never able to recover from the early deficit.

The Bears put together a five-minute drive looking to tie the game but that push died on Steamboat’s 31 yard line on a failed quarterback keeper by Logan Powell.



The Sailors had a 19-0 lead seconds into the second quarter on a seven-yard touchdown pass to Charles Wood.

Four minutes later they scored again on a two-yard run from running back Fraser Egan to make it 25-0.

The Sailors stretched the lead to 32-0 one minute into the fourth quarter on Eric Bonner’s four-yard run.

Rifle’s lone bright spot can on their final play, an eight-yard scramble by Powell.

“We’ll go back to work on Monday,” Alfini said. “We need to get rid of those mental mistakes.”

The Bears fell to 1-5 with an away game against Glenwood Springs (6-0) next

Friday, while the Sailors sit at 5-1 and will be at home against Battle Mountain (0-5).


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