First football Friday for local schools
With just two local teams taking part in Week Zero matchups, the rest of Garfield County opens up football season today at home.
Rifle and Basalt kicked things off last week in the Week Zero matchup that Rifle won, 48-34, but now it’s time for the rest of the valley to get things started.
CONIFER AT GLENWOOD, 7 P.M.
Last season was a tough one for the Demons due to inexperience and a large number of injuries, but things are looking up in 2016 for Glenwood and Head Coach Rocky Whitworth. Led by senior quarterback Jake Townsley, Glenwood is looking to get the 2016 season off to a hot start with a win at home against Conifer. With plenty of skill players set for a big year, Friday nights should be interesting again in Glenwood Springs this fall under Whitworth.
OLATHE AT ROARING FORK, 7 P.M.
This will be a relatively young Roaring Fork team, but under second-year Head Coach Jeff Kelley expectations are high for the Carbondale football team. Last season the Rams were shut out by the Pirates on the road, so Roaring Fork is looking for a little bit of redemption to start the season. Senior running back/receiver Aldo Pinela and senior quarterback Hayden Bernot return to lead the Rams to a hopeful playoff berth, which starts with a matchup against the visiting Cowboys.
MEEKER AT COAL RIDGE, 7 P.M.
The time is now for the Titans to make a major leap forward in year two under Head Coach Trorie Rickert. That leap starts with a strong start to the season against the visiting Meeker Cowboys, who will be without former All-State running back T.J. Shelton, who moved on due to graduation. With a veteran team on both sides of the ball, the Titans are poised for a strong season. It will be interesting to see how the passing game produces this season with senior quarterback Jackson Sargent, senior wide receiver Jacob Morgan and junior receiver Raul Ramirez.
VAIL CHRISTIAN AT GRAND VALLEY, 7 P.M.
Not only is it the opening game of the season for the Cardinals under second-year Head Coach Tim Lenard, but it’s also the opening of the new football facility at Grand Valley High School. Looking to start off the 2016 season on a high note, the Cardinals hope to pick up a season-opening win against the visiting Saints while also hoping to break in the new facility with a big win. Star running backs Jonathan Pena and Levi Nolan will play a big factor into the success of the Cardinals against the Saints.
MONTROSE AT RIFLE, 7 P.M.
Sitting at 1-0 after a 14-point win over Basalt on the road last Friday, Rifle gets set to host Montrose tonight in the Bears’ home opener. The Indians ride into Garfield County at 1-0 after a Week Zero win over Fruita Monument thanks to a running game that rushed for 347 yards. Now, Montrose will match up with Rifle in a game of strength against strength. Rifle running backs Blaine Vance, Drake Montgomery and Brandon Fletchall rushed for a combined 409 yards against Basalt. This game will be a throwback game with very few passing attempts.
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Amid hundreds of cleat-footed little leaguers casually gathered along the first baseline, the glare of parents’ sunglasses deflecting the early morning sun, coach Troy Phillips began a trip down memory lane.