Football season comes crashing to a halt
Just like that, it’s over. The weather still seems like late summer, and football season is already done.With two undefeated teams and the never-count-them-out Rifle Bears in the playoffs, I was sure we would be spending a lot of time on the gridiron – at least through Thanksgiving.We were making playoff plans, getting ready for road trips and coming up with story ideas, but just as quickly as the postseason started, it stopped. I was already trying to move past football season when it comes to college ball because of Colorado State’s horrendous year. Then there are the Broncos who have reverted to a rebuilding team and are as healthy as the waiting list at an emergency room. At least they beat the Chiefs on Sunday, but it was more because of the Chiefs’ horribleness than Denver’s goodness.The football I cared about most was definitely at the high school level, and even though it is over, it was an amazing season.Offenses were high-flying, moving the ball so fast and so much that keeping up with all the stats gave me writer’s cramp. Glenwood emerged as one of the best teams in Class 3A football with quarterback Dakota Stonehouse and the receiving corps tops in the state. Good news for the Demons: Stonehouse and most of his targets will be back next season.Grand Valley went further than it ever has at the 1A level after pounding Burlington 42-14 in the first round of the playoffs. The Cards should also be optimistic about next year with Colton Cowan coming back, a running back with speed and strength who protects the ball better than the secret service guards protect politicians.Rifle gave the top-seeded Falcon Falcons a run for their money, threatening to pull off another unthinkable upset.Coal Ridge made a huge step, earning its first varsity win. It didn’t come easy, but the Titans worked hard for it, and I am sure it will be only the first of many.Roaring Fork didn’t finish as high as the Rams are accustomed to, but these are the times when teams find out what they are made of. Only three seniors are leaving, and a promising quarterback in Ryan Weimer and a strong and now experienced group will return to the field next year to get the Rams back in the running.With a great year in the books, now it’s transition time. Time when sports writers, fans and players have to suddenly switch gears, forget about football and dive into the winter sports.Today, basketball teams will begin to take form, wrestlers will hit the mats and swimmers and divers will jump into their season. Some schools have been going at it since Saturday.Each squad begins with a clean slate, brimming with the hope that anything is possible. Stars will arise, miracles will happen and awe-inspiring plays, moves and times will be accomplished.And we’ll be there to write about it.Contact Joelle Milholm: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Rifle High School wrestling won its matchup with Glenwood Springs Tuesday at the Glenwood triangular, while the Palisade Bulldogs took down both local teams.