Big second quarter leads to Bears rout |

Big second quarter leads to Bears rout

RIFLE-When a team can score 35 points in one quarter of a football game, it is almost guaranteed it will get the win. The Rifle Bears did just that beating Montezuma-Cortez 41-21 Friday night.Although Rifle (5-2 Western Slope Conference, 5-4 overall) put the first points on the board, the Bears unloaded on the Panthers in the second quarter, scoring five touchdowns, kicking one point-after attempt and capitalizing on one two-point conversion.Senior Bryce Enewold shined for the Bears. His biggest play came with less than 30 seconds in the second quarter when he picked off a pass from Panther quarterback Darren Wayman and ran it 45 yards to Cortez’s 8-yard line. “The quarterback read it wrong and overthrew the receiver, and I was right behind him,” Enewold said. Rifle quarterback Tyler Gose then threw an 8-yard pass to Andrew Schmidt two plays later to make the score 35-7 at halftime.Bryce finished the night with one touchdown reception for 54 yards, one 21-yard carry and a 40-yard kickoff return in addition to the interception. “He (Enewold) is a wonderful kid. He always does what is asked of him and sets a great example for all the other guys,” said Rifle head coach Damon Wells.Enewold’s interception was one of three turnovers the Panther offense gave up. Defensive lineman Keith Fraiser stripped the ball from Wayman early in the second quarter and ran it back 55 yards to put the Bears on top 13-7. Later in the quarter, Colby McFarlin intercepted another of Wayman’s passes.”Our defense was opportunistic. They made big plays when they had to,” Wells said.Cortez had a productive evening on offense, with Wayman completing 30 passes on 41 attempts for 267 yards. He lead the Panthers’ first drive, going 80 yards in 20 plays and taking up over 11 minutes on the clock before scoring on a 1-yard run.”We let them have an 11:14 drive in the first quarter – that’s not good defense,” Wells said.Time went by fast in the third quarter, with neither team getting into the end zone. In the fourth quarter, Rifle was able to play its second and third-string players and managed to score one more touchdown when Bryan Stallings pounded out a 6-yard TD run.Bears: see page A15″We played everyone on the side line,” Wells said. “It was awesome. I hope the kids had a good time. It is pretty exciting to play varsity when you are a freshman.”Rifle ended the night with 262 yards of total offense while Cortez had 308. The Bears got 183 yards on the ground and were led by Gose who had seven carries for 66 yards.With the win, the Bears locked fourth place in the 3A Western Slope Conference and guaranteed themselves a spot in the Class 3A state playoffs. Rifle has now made it to the playoffs for 10 straight seasons and will be looking to defend last year’s state title.”We are happy to keep the tradition alive,” Wells said. “It is not one that we are going to end any time soon. We are going to work our tales off and be ready.”

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