Football roundup: Rifle rips Grand County; Meeker rolls by Roaring Fork
MOAB, Utah — Rifle High School’s football team showed its diversity again on Friday night. This time, it wasn’t just the Bears’ running game that made that happen.
Layton Stutsman finished 7-of-8 passing for 246 yards and a pair of touchdowns, and seven different players found the end zone for the Bears during their 56-6 victory over the Red Devils.
“We’re all for people thinking that all we do is run the ball,” Rifle coach Damon Wells said. “Grand County is a great football team. I mean, they went to the [Class 2A Utah] state finals last year. So we knew how important is was for us to throw the football.”
All total, the Bears (2-0) threw for three scores, with a 77-yard TD reception by David Fugita from Ethan Strouse capping the scoring for Rifle. Grand County, on the other hand, found the end zone in the final minute to avoid the shutout.
Including the 77-yard TD toss from Strouse, Rifle threw for 323 yards and three TDs with no interceptions.
Brock Clark had a 65-yard touchdown reception and Tyler Bosshardt added a 36-yard reception for the Bears.
Rifle, which used a Wing-T offense and rushed for 139 yards as a team, got touchdown runs from Ty Leyba (7 yards), Austin Knight (6 yards), Blaine Vance (9 yards) and Brooks Pressler (81 yards).
Rifle will continue nonleague play on Sept. 5 at Jefferson in Edgewater.
Meeker 46, Roaring Fork 0
MEEKER — The Cowboys had the 40-point, running-clock mercy rule going by the middle of the third quarter against the Rams en route to a season-opening victory at Starbuck Stadium.
“That No. 16 kid is one of the best players that I’ve ever seen,” said Roaring Fork coach Tory Jensen of Meeker running back TJ Shelton. “Him and the coach’s kid [quarterback Jake Phelan] played a great game tonight. We didn’t play well tonight at all.”
Roaring Fork will continue nonleague play on Sept. 5 when the Rams host Grand Valley.
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