Demons, Bears bringing talent into rivalry game
Any time the Glenwood and Rifle high schools clash on the football field, there’s a buzz surrounding the contest.The feeling’s the same about the current renewal of the annual affair tonight at Bears Stadium. But, with the teams a third of the way through the conference schedule, this year’s contest could be a barometer as far as playoff hopes go for both teams. This year, both teams’ offenses look as opposite as the color of their uniforms.Glenwood, with sophomore quarterback Dakota Stonehouse, uses the pass as its main weapon. Rifle prefers to run the ball.With the success both teams have had, why make a change?Stonehouse is ranked among the state’s Class 3A passing leaders, according to Rocky Preps. Last week in the Demons’ 42-14 rout of Denver West, Stonehouse threw for nearly 300 yards and six touchdowns.When it comes to throwing the ball, Stonehouse knows how to distribute the attack. The sophomore connected with nine different Demon receivers against the Cowboys, hitting on scoring passes ranging from 11 to 51 yards.Wideout Connor Riley, also a sophomore, caught three TD passes in the contest. Senior Dave King, who recorded the game’s first score, is also among the 3A’s top pass catchers.If those two get extra attention from Rifle’s defense. Stonehouse has two equally talented receivers to throw to in juniors Alex McPherson and Lance Tsosie.Rifle also has momentum of its side, entering tonight’s game off its best showing to date – a 41-21 mauling of conference foe Montezuma-Cortez at Cortez last week.As a team, the Bears rushed for 436 yards and six touchdowns against the Panthers.Featured running back Tyler Thompson scored five of Rifle’s touchdowns. The senior had his longest TD run of the game – a scamper of 48 yards – early in the fourth quarter.Colby McFarlin, Rifle’s other starting running back, added the Bears’ final touchdown with a five-yard run.
Glenwood Springs (2-1 overall/1-0 conference) at Rifle (2-1/2-0)Friday at Bears Stadium, Rifle High School, 7 p.m.Radio: KMTS (99.1 FM); KRGS (690 AM)
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