Demons take on Eagle Valley
This will be the first test for the Demons as the No. 1-ranked team according to Rocky Preps. Glenwood, which has been paced by a high-flying passing game this season thanks to star quarterback Dakota Stonehouse, reverted to a strong run game to beat Palisade 34-21 last week.Running back Michael Hudson ran for 151 yards and scored two touchdowns, while Stonehouse ran for another three. Both the Glenwood running and passing games will have to be on against Eagle Valley, whose lone loss this season came on Sept. 14 in the form of a 34-27 defeat at the hands of Steamboat Springs.Glenwood will need to be on top of its run defense as the Devils are led by running back Nick Whitehead, who has rushed for 786 yards this season, scoring 10 touchdowns and averaging 9.1 yards per carry. Whitehead is also a threat as a receiver, where he has totaled another 374 yards and one touchdown.
The No. 6 Hayden Tigers will roll into Parachute on Friday night, challenging No. 4 Grand Valley’s perfect 6-0 mark. It won’t be easy as the Cardinals are powered by a potent running game with Colton Cowan and William Waugh. The speedy Cowan is leading Class 1A football with 875 yards, 12 touchdowns and 8.7 yards per carry. Waugh packs a punch and is not only a threat in the red zone, but to break free for long runs.Hayden’s only loss this season came on Sept. 14 when the Tigers lost, 20-7, to West Grand. The Cardinals could very well wrap up a 1A Western Slope League title with a win over Hayden, as they will face struggling Soroco next week in their WSL finale.
Rifle coach Damon Wells’ devoted a portion of his postgame speech last week – which followed a 41-7 drubbing of Battle Mountain – to the difficulty of the Bears’ remaining schedule.Meetings with 5-2 Palisade, 5-1 Eagle Valley and 4-2 Steamboat Springs in the next three weeks make for a treacherous stretch.”That just Western Slope football,” Wells said last week. “We’ve been playing in it every year so we know what’s coming.”A trek to Palisade tonight kicks it all off. Rifle snapped a two-game losing streak with last week’s home win over the Huskies, while Palisade emerged on the losing end of a much-hyped game at Glenwood Springs.Both teams will no doubt be fired up, with the Bulldogs looking to revisit the win column and Rifle fighting to better its playoff hopes.
Hot off its first varsity win in school history, a 12-11 victory over Basalt, Coal Ridge will look for another win this week against Roaring Fork. The Titans defense made huge stops late in the game against Basalt and will need to have a big game again against Roaring Fork.The Rams will be looking to rebound after falling to No. 9 Gunnison 37-6 last week. Roaring Fork has been hit by a wave of injuries and will need everyone on the team to step up and fill holes. With five teams at 1-3 in the Class 2A Western Slope League, the winner of this game has a good shot of shooting up to fourth place in the standings.
Through Oct. 11 Class 3A Western Slope LeagueLeagueOverallW-LW-LPFPAGlenwood Springs 4-06-023860Palisade3-1 5-2 239 85Eagle Valley3-15-117683Rifle3-14-214108Steamboat Springs3-14-2151133Moffat County1-32-4119166Battle Mountain1-41-5124229Delta1-41-551 178Montezuma-Cortez0-41-5144198 Friday, Oct. 12Rifle vs. Palisade at Stocker Stadium, 7 p.m.Cortez at Steamboat Springs, 7 p.m.Delta at Moffat County, 7 p.m.Glenwood at Eagle Valley, 7 p.m. Class 2A Western Slope LeagueLeagueOverallW-LW-LPFPAOlathe3-15-122763Aspen4-05-115281Gunnison4-05-117958Cedaredge1-31-591255Roaring Fork1-31-5 59178Basalt1-31-575111Hotchkiss1-33-311287Coal Ridge1-31-5 73173 Friday, Oct. 12Coal Ridge at Roaring Fork, 7 p.m.Gunnison at Cedaredge, 7 p.m.Aspen at Hotchkiss, 7 p.m.Basalt at Olathe, 7 p.m. Class 1A Western Slope LeagueLeagueOverallW-LW-LPFPAGrand Valley4-06-019350West Grand3-14-212779Hayden2-15-115455Meeker2-14-2146134Paonia1-23-314772Rangely0-32-499181Soroco0-41-534230 Friday, Oct. 12Hayden at Grand Valley, 7:30 p.m.West Grand at Meeker, 7 p.m.Rangely at Paonia, 7 p.m.
PASSINGDakota Stonehouse, Glenwood Springs 12-of-17, 219 yards vs. Palisade.Matt Cain, Grand Valley 7 completions for 99 yards, 2 TDs vs. Paonia.Hazen Moss, Rifle 4-of-7, 133 yards, TD vs. Battle Mountain.Keenan Grumley, Coal Ridge 3-of-6, 73 yards, 1 TD vs. Basalt.RUSHING Brian Key, Rifle 16 carries, 170 yards, 2 TDs, vs. BMMichael Hudson, Glenwood Springs 14 carries, 151 yards, 2 TDs vs. Palisade.Colton Cowan, Grand Valley 14 carries, 106 yards, 2 TDs vs. Paonia.Stonehouse, Glenwood 47 yards, 3 TDs vs. Palisade.Moss, Rifle 11 carries, 68 yards, 2 TDs, vs. BMTyler Chapman, Rifle 11 carries, 68 yards, TD, vs. BMRECEIVING Tyler Jensen, Grand Valley 5 catches, 77 yards, 1 TD vs. Paonia.Donnie Jennert, Glenwood Springs 3 catches, 72 yards vs. Palisade.Joe Burgess, Rifle 54 yards, TD, vs. BMAlex Klein, Coal Ridge 2 catches for 50 yards and 1 touchdown vs. Basalt.DEFENSECole Kraft, Grand Valley a fumble recovery for a touchdowns vs. Paonia.Jensen, Grand Valley interception vs. Paonia.Tyler Rossow, Glenwood Springs interception vs. Palisade.
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