Friday’s CSU/CU game has local feel; Full slate of football games on Friday
A pair of former Garfield County prep football players will be on the field in Denver Friday when the annual Rocky Mountain Showdown between Colorado and Colorado State takes place.
Wearing a Colorado State jersey will be Trae Moxley, a 2013 graduate of Roaring Fork High School in Carbondale who is entering his second season at CSU and his first season in uniform for the Rams. The other is Ryan Moeller, who graduated from Rifle High in 2013 and will suit up for the Buffaloes.
Both be in uniform for the first time on Friday when the Rams and Buffs play their annual season opener against each other at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m.
Moxley, who was a three-year starter for Roaring Fork, had nearly 700 receiving yards as a tight end for the Rams during his senior season. This spring, however, he made the transition from tight end to the offensive line, where at 6-foot-6, 300 pounds, he’s second on the depth chart at left tackle for Friday night’s game behind 6-5, 315-pound senior Ty Sambrailo.
Moeller, who was an all-state running back and safety at Rifle, also just finished his redshirt season. At 6-0, 205, he’s playing in CU’s defensive backfield behind sophomore starting strong safety Tedrick Thompson and sophomore free safety Chidobe Awuzie. Both Thompson and Awuzie are returning lettermen, and Moeller is one of four reserve safeties on the depth chart.
Prep football season openers aplenty this weekend
Nearly all prep football teams in Garfield County will begin their seasons on Friday, with one exception.
Coal Ridge will open its 2014 season at 1 p.m. Saturday with a game against Class 1A Dolores. The game was originally scheduled for Friday night but was changed to Saturday to accommodate the long bus ride for the Bears.
The Titans, whose only victory last season came by forfeit, will be trying to snap a 13-game, on-field losing streak that dates back to the Titans’ 42-0 loss at Bayfield on Oct. 5, 2012.
Meanwhile, every other Garfield County team will play on the road Friday.
Rifle, which opened its season with a 62-7 home victory over Moffat County on Aug. 22, will play against Grand County in Moab, Utah. Carbon High out of Price snapped a four-game losing streak to Grand County in the opener for both teams, winning 30-12.
Glenwood Springs will open the season Friday at Erie, with game time set for 7 p.m. The Tigers missed the postseason last year but made it in 2012, falling 42-0 to Rifle at Bears Stadium.
Heading up the road from Rifle for their first game of the season will be the Roaring Fork Rams, who will open at Starbuck Stadium against the Meeker Cowboys on Friday. The Rams moved up to the 2A Western Slope League this year, and Meeker is one of the Rams’ former league opponents from the 1A WSL.
Dropping down to the 1A WSL this year is Grand Valley. The Cardinals open the season Friday night against Aspen, their former league opponent at the 2A level.
Volleyball this weekend in Glenwood Springs
Glenwood Springs High will host the annual Demon Invitational volleyball tournament, which will bring 12 teams from around the state to Glenwood Springs.
The tournament field includes Glenwood Springs, Montezuma-Cortez, Frontier Academy, Lutheran, Roaring Fork, Vista Peak, Denver Christian, Grand Valley, Pagosa Springs, Steamboat Springs, Rifle and Erie. The Demons will host Cortez at 6 p.m. today in a pool-play match, with pool play continuing throughout the day on Friday. Pool-play results will determine how teams will be matched up to play for the tournament title.
Lutheran, which won the 2A state title two years ago and was the runner-up last season, has also won the past two Demon Invitational championships.
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It may be by a technicality, but the Valley Valkyries 7s rugby club were the de facto champions of their hosted tournament Saturday.