Eagle Valley’s stingy defense shuts down Roaring Fork
EAGLE – Eagle Valley broke for giant plays all game in a 37-14 win against non-league Roaring Fork Friday night, moving the Devils to 2-0 before heading into the 3A Western Slope.The Devils used giant rushes to power the ball downfield, while the Rams offense couldn’t quite string together enough first downs. “We have a small group of kids and are trying real hard to be as fit as possible,” said Roaring Fork coach Mike Brinson.Most of the 2A Rams starters played both ways against the 3A Devils.”We’d much rather play up before (our) league starts,” Brinson said. The Rams strung together a nice opening drive that matched that of the Devils, knotting the game at 7-7 midway through the first quarter, but had trouble picking up first downs against a stingy Eagle Valley defense.Roaring Fork did have some success stopping Eagle Valley in its own zone late in the first half, but the Devils’ offense came alive in the second half.”That offense – I’ve played against it for a number of years,” said Brinson. “If you don’t execute defensively – and they have good running backs – they can pop a hole and they’re off to the races. And it keeps the momentum going.”Soren Phibbs scored for the Rams in the first quarter on a five-yard run, after setting up a first-and-goal on a long halfback pass to Michael Black.Ryan Wiemer threw a late touchdown pass, but had some trouble finding receivers in the trips formation, and had some bad snaps break up drives. “He did a great job. He’s young and learning,” Brinson said. “We’ve got a great group of kids. They are young and starting for the first time.”Eagle Valley had two rushers break the 100-yard mark for the second time in two weeks. Roaring Fork will play its first Class 2A Western Slope League game next Friday when it hosts Olathe.
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