Demons, Bears to match up on Friday
Post Independent Sports Editor
There have been a lot of streaks in this rivalry. The past 15 years have shown that.
The rivalry on the football field between Glenwood Springs and Rifle high schools extends far beyond that — decades even. It took at least one season off in 1997, however, when the Demons withdrew for a year to play only a junior varsity schedule.
Since then, Rifle owns a 10-5 lead in matchups between the schools, according to records recovered at the Rifle Branch Library. Glenwood has won four of the past six matchups, but the Bears have prevailed in the past two, including a 28-0 romp at Bears Stadium last season.
There’s even more streaks coming into Friday’s meeting between the Demons (0-2 overall, 0-1 Class 3A Western Slope League play) and the third-ranked Bears (2-0, 1-0) on Friday night. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m. at Stubler Memorial Field. The game will be broadcast on the radio on 99.1-FM, KMTS.
Some of those streaks can be explained in twos.
Rifle comes into Friday’s game the two-time defending league champion, and they’ve gone two full regular seasons without losing. With that, they’ve also won 22 consecutive regular-season games coming into Friday night’s contest.
That also means the Bears have beaten the Demons two consecutive times. The last time Glenwood beat Rifle was in 2010, when the Demons’ 20-19 victory over Rifle on the final day of the regular season not only gave the Demons an undefeated league season, but it extended Glenwood’s winning streak against Rifle to four and kept the Bears from reaching the postseason.
That game, which came on Nov. 5, 2010, marked the last time the Bears have lost a regular-season game.
Rifle, however, won six consecutive games over Glenwood after the Demons jumped back into varsity play, starting with Rifle’s 52-19 romp in 1998. It wasn’t until 2004 that Glenwood prevailed, when the Demons won, 15-14.
Coming into Friday’s game Rifle has outscored its first two opponents, Coal Ridge and Moffat County, 106-6. The Demons lost to then No. 5 Conifer, 14-0, on Aug. 23, and at then-No. 7 Palisade, 34-18, on Sept. 5 to open the season.
Other games Friday night in the 2A WSL include Gunnison (0-2) at Coal Ridge (0-2) and Olathe (0-2)at Grand Valley (0-2). On Saturday, 1A Roaring Fork (2-0), fresh off its 20-17 win over 2A Aspen on Sept. 6, will play at 1A’s sixth-ranked team, Monte Vista (2-0).
Coal Ridge High School’s volleyball team made some impressions with its 7-0 start. The Titans are ranked No. 7 in the CHSAAnow.com statewide polls, thanks to its unbeaten start. Only Manitou Springs, ranked No. 4 in the poll, has an equal record.
The Titans have a tough road ahead of them this week, though. They’ll host a league match against Moffat County tonight and, on Saturday, they’ll host defending Class 3A Western Slope League champion Gunnison.
Saturday’s match will be the only meeting between the fifth-ranked Cowboys and Coal Ridge. Since the Titans have already beaten last year’s second-place finisher, Roaring Fork, victories over Moffat County today and Gunnison on Saturday would put the Coal Ridge in the drivers seat to win the league title.
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