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High octane football on prep gridirons tonight

Staff ReportsGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

It gets no bigger than this: Rifle vs. Glenwood. A stark contrast of football styles clash in this showdown of neighbors.Glenwood puts its high-powered spread offense on the line against Rifle’s grinding rushing attack. Both teams are undefeated and Rifle is ranked No. 5, according to the latest RockyPreps rankings, and Glenwood is at No. 7.Dakota Stonehouse has completed 38 of 55 passes on the year for 568 yards and seven touchdowns. With a strong core of targets to throw to, including Connor Riley, Donnie Jennert, Lance Tsosie and Kevin Screen, expect to see the junior air out the ball. Michael Hudson, who rushed 15 times for 68 yards and a TD, will lead the Demons on the ground.Rifle’s ground game features a number of Bears who have skills carrying the ball including Tyler Chapman, Daniel Maldonado and quarterback Hazen Moss.Last year, the Bears edged the Demons 13-10 on a last-second field goal on a cold and rainy night, but the weather calls for clear skies and warmer temperatures today.

This match-up figures to be the toughest game on the Titans’ schedule. Olathe has steamrolled each team it has played this season, earning a No. 8 RockyPreps ranking in Class 2A. Coal Ridge’s offense is looking better and better each week, as the Titans scored three rushing touchdowns and another on a a return last week in a 35-24 loss to Cedaredge. Josh Alsop and Bradey Gasaway combined for 206 rushing yards and will both need to have big nights against the Pirates. The Titans will have to look out for David Rhodes, who rushed for three touchdowns for the Pirates in a 37-6 win against Roaring Fork last week.

Roaring Fork looks to rebound from a rocky start to league play against Hotchkiss tonight.The Rams have struggled offensively this year, turning the ball over and having a hard time sustaining drives. Their lone score in a 37-6 loss to Olathe last week came on a Nate Soucie 91-yard kickoff return. With Ryan Weimer and Jake Kinney splitting time at quarterback for Roaring Fork, the Rams have the talent to get its first win of the season. Kinney, who also fills in a running back when Weimer is at QB, needs to get the ground game going for the Rams.Hotchkiss’ two wins this season have come over Grand Junction’s junior varsity (30-14) and Class 1A Paonia (12-6). Last week, the Bulldogs lost to Gunnison 19-13.

Offense wasn’t a problem for Grand Valley in last week’s 37-0 win over Rangely. And obviously neither was defense.Colton Cowan, who leads all Class A rushers with 54 carries for 528 yards and six TDs, and the confident Cardinals will shoot for 4-0 tonight against Meeker in the second week of league play. Cowan rushed for 199 yards on just 18 carries last week, giving him 328 yards and six TDs in the past two weeks.Matt Cain and Tyler Jensen hooked up for a pair of TD passes in the game as well, as the Cards continue to show an ability to strike from all angles.Meeker, which last year finished in a three-way tie for first in the 1A Western Slope League, enters tonight’s game off a 54-6 thrashing of Soroco.

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