Class 3A All-Conference Team players named
Post Independent Staff
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. ” Directing the wild and wacky Class 3A Western Slope through a nail-biting, awe-inspiring season with upsets, last-second victories and weekly flip-flopped standings were a number of talented athletes.
Football players so refined in their skill, they possess the ability to shock and amaze, making Friday nights on the Western Slope an event not to be missed. While all prep athletes deserve recognition for their hard work and abilities, a select few are named to the Class 3A Western Slope All Conference Team.
Two Glenwood Demons made the list, senior left tackle and defensive end Nate Forristall, and sophomore quarterback Dakota Stonehouse. Forristall, one of the team captains, stood his ground at 6-foot-4 and 250 pounds, fending off defenders to buy the offense time to work. On the other side of the ball, Forristall knocked opposing offenses for losses with multiple sacks this season.
Stonehouse, in his first year as the Demons’ QB, turned heads in the WSL with his rocket arm that consistently located open targets, many times for long gains resulting in touchdowns. With close to 2,000 yards passing, Stonehouse also finished the season as Glenwood’s leading rusher with numerous scoring scrambles, including a 74-yard run against Battle Mountain on Sept. 28.
Rifle landed five spots on the squad, more than any other team in the WSL. Highlighting the list was Back of the Year Tyler Thompson, who finished with close to 1,500 yards rushing and the majority of Rifle’s touchdowns.
Fellow Bear seniors Cody Boe, Tim Long, Colby McFarlin and Caleb Powell also earned places on the team. Boe made his presence felt on defense, punishing quarterbacks all season with his pass rush that not only resulted in sacks, but many forced fumbles. He also brought in one or two receptions per game as tight end.
Long, a tight end and linebacker, ran a few reverses for Rifle, but also stirred things up on defense by causing turnovers.
One of Rifle’s best plays of the season came in Saturday’s 36-24 loss to Alamosa when Long faked a punt on fourth and eight and threw the ball to Danny Maldonado, who scampered 34 yards down the field to Alamosa’s 21-yard line. The play set up Thompson’s first touchdown and gave the Bears a 7-0 lead.
McFarlin, Thompson’s partner in the backfield, showed an ability like Thompson’s to pound out the nitty-gritty yards, but also bust out the 50-plus-yard breakaway scoring runs.
Breaking through tackles, and often carrying tacklers with him, Powell, a Texas transfer who filled in at fullback and linebacker, gave Rifle an extra boost right when it needed it. His best game on offense came against Class 4A Grand Junction Central when he rushed 15 times for 103 yards. One defense, Powell helped shut down opposing offenses as one of Rifle’s leading tacklers.
Nine area players also received honorable mention, with senior wide receiver and defensive back Gabe King, sophomore WR/DB Connor Riley, junior defensive end/left guard Tyler Rossow and junior Lance Tsosie getting bids as Demons. Rifle seniors Nick Alderson (fullback/defensive back), Chappin Everett (lineman), Kyle Laidlaw (lineman), Steven Samson (lineman) and junior lineman Justin Stone also received honorable mention.
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