Grand Valley takes on Aspen in 2A football battle |

Grand Valley takes on Aspen in 2A football battle

Jeff Caspersen
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

PARACHUTE, Colorado ” The chase for the 2A Western Slope League title will grow a little clearer tonight when two of the circuit’s best meet in Parachute.

Grand Valley’s 4-1 overall and 2-0 in league. Aspen’s 5-0 with a 2-0 league record.

Someone’s going to take a loss and fall behind in what’s become a three-way battle for the league championship between the Cardinals, Skiers and undefeated Olathe.

Grand Valley’s coming off a 41-14 throttling of Basalt last week, a game that saw running back Colton Cowan rumble for three touchdowns.

Aspen, ranked 10th in Class 2A by RockyPreps, beat up on Cedaredge 41-0.

As a 1A school last year, Grand Valley beat Aspen 28-14 in a non-league game.

The schedule doesn’t get any easier for the Skiers after tonight. Next week, they face Olathe.

RIFLE, Colorado ” Rifle’s rough season continued last week at Montezuma-Cortez, where the Bears fell to 1-4 with a 56-31 loss.

Rifle did see solid play from quarterback Logan Powell, who entered the game in the first half and rallied his team to within three (28-25) by halftime, throwing three TD passes.

The competition gets tougher tonight when they host No. 7 Steamboat Springs. The Sailors, in second place behind Glenwood Springs and Palisade in the 3A WSL, lost to No. 2 Palisade 39-14 last week.

CARBONDALE, Colorado ” Soren Phibbs’ 213 yards and three TDs vs. Gunnison helped his Roaring Fork Rams to a big 42-14 win at Gunnison last week. The Rams hope to see a little bit more of that against visiting Basalt tonight.

Roaring Fork would be just as happy to actually play a game on its home field. Last week’s game against Gunnison was postponed to Sunday and moved to Gunnison when no officiating crew showed up in Carbondale Friday night.

Roaring Fork hasn’t had a home game since its season opener against Hotchkiss.

GUNNISON, Colorado ” Coal Ridge looks to snap a two-game losing streak against struggling Gunnison this afternoon.

The 0-5 Cowboys have yet to win this season, while the Titans have dropped their first two 2A WSL games after winning three straight nonleague contests to open the year.

Last week, Coal Ridge jumped out to a 14-0 lead before league powerhouse Olathe unleashed 50 unanswered points on the host Titans.

Gunnison is coming off a 42-14 loss to Roaring Fork.

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