Football roundup: Rifle cruises to 55-0 victory over Montezuma-Cortez
Special to the Post Independent
RIFLE — On Rifle High School’s Homecoming night, Bears head coach Damon Wells decided to view things a bit differently. Literally.
Wells relinquished his normal post patrolling the sidelines for a brief stint atop the action in the team’s coaching box.
What he saw on the field, however, was pretty familiar. The Bears (4-0 overall, 3-0 Class 3A Western Slope League) dominated from the outset and cruised to a 55-0 victory over Montezuma-Cortez (1-3, 1-1 3A WSL). For the third time in four contests, the Bears pushed the game to running clock before halftime.
The visiting Panthers barely had a chance to stretch their legs after their lengthy bus ride before senior running back Kellin Leigh had swept in three first-quarter touchdowns. Scoring runs of 6, 16, and 14 gave the home team a 21-0 lead after the opening quarter.
Junior Brock Clark added to the scoring to open the second quarter as he powered in from 38 yards to increase the lead to 28-0. From there, the Bears offense went to the air. A pair of juniors connected, as Austin Knight took Layton Stutsman strikes for scores right before the intermission. Knight’s big evening included five catches for 92 yards and two TD’s that propelled the Bears to a 42-0 halftime lead.
Stutsman added a rushing score of his own to cap the opening drive of the second half, ushering the curtain for the first team. The second group would add another touchdown in the fourth quarter when David Fujita broke off a 55 yard jaunt.
On his unique vantage point, the head coach did have some difficulties. “When I walked up to the box, I could hardly get up there,” quipped Wells, referring to overflow crowd that packed the home stands for the yearly celebration. “With all this support, it’s a great time to be at Rifle High School.”
As for one of the evening’s headliners, Knight attributed his big night to the success of the running game and another stalwart night for the offensive line.
“I could have never gotten the ball if it weren’t for the protection,” Knight said.
Wells added to the praise.
“For all the hard work [Knight] put into the offseason, it’s nice to see it being repaid.”
Rifle continues league play on Sept. 26 at Battle Mountain.
Coal Ridge, Grand Valley each fall to 0-4
Both the Coal Ridge and Grand Valley High football teams remained winless following their games on Friday.
The Titans (0-4, 0-2 Class 2A Western Slope League) fell to Olathe 43-0.
Grand Valley (0-4, 0-2) dropped its game at Gunnison by a smaller margin, losing 27-25.
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