Glenwood hosts Denver West
Dakota Stonehouse racked up 238 yards and accounted for four of the Demons’ six touchdowns as Glenwood coasted to a 45-14 victory in its Class 3A Western Slope League opener in Cortez last week.And the junior star did all that in the first half as Demons coach Rocky Whitworth grounded the spread attack with a 35-0 intermission advantage.After taking to the road the first two weeks of the season, Stonehouse will put his golden arm on display at home against 4A Denver Prep League’s Denver West tonight.Denver West is technically 1-2 but picked up that lone win via forfeit when Denver South fielded an ineligible player in a 54-8 rout of the Cowboys on Aug. 25. The eight points West scored in that game were the only points of the season for the school that went 0-10 in 2006. All told, with the forfeit win included for dramatic purposes, West has been outscored by a combined 154-8 this season.Stonehouse tore Denver West apart for six TD passes in a 42-14 win over the Cowboys last season.
Rifle ground out a league-opening 14-6 win over Delta with defense and its running attack, and looks to do the same against Cortez tonight.Tyler Chapman rushed for 134 yards and a TD, Brian Key added 82 yards and Hazen Moss had 80 as the Bears got the job done on the road. And the Rifle defense, coached by coordinator Alfonso Alfini, was equally spectacular. Delta’s lone TD in that one came in the final seconds, so the Bears’ defense virtually pitched a shutout in that one.Montezuma-Cortez got little going in its WSL opener against Glenwood, falling behind 35-0 at halftime and never recovering en route to a 45-14 loss to the visiting Demons.
Roaring Fork hopes its brutal early season schedule spells 2A WSL success in its league opener against visiting Olathe tonight.The Rams have tangled horns with Class 3A powerhouse Glenwood Springs and an undefeated Eagle Valley team to start the season, while undefeated Olathe went up against Class 1A Rangely and Meeker to kick off the year.But the Pirates, who with the Rams were part of a three-way tie for first in the WSL, will be tough to beat in a game that oozes with playoff implications.
Coal Ridge continues its push for respectability tonight at Cedaredge in the teams’ Class 2A WSL opener. The Titans flashed moments of brilliance in a 31-20 loss to Rangely last week.Quarterback Keenan Grumley and receiver Alex Klein showed they have a little chemistry brewing, connecting for a pair of TDs in defeat. Grumley finished with 187 passing yards, 100 of those gained by Klein.Cedaredge’s pre-league slate didn’t yield a win, with the Bruins losing to Dolores 54-34 last week after suffering a 52-0 clocking at the hands of Paonia in the season opener.
Grand Valley, which made it 2-0 against the 2A WSL with a 26-6 win at Basalt last week, sets its sights on Rangely in tonight’s 1A WSL opener.Led by quarterback Matt Cain, running back Colton Cowan and receiver Tyler Jensen, the well-balanced Cardinal offense looks in form to make a playoff push for a second straight season.Rangely enters the game on the heels of a 31-20 win at Coal Ridge.
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