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No offseason for area football squads

Jeff Caspersen and Joelle MilholmGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Roaring Fork’s football squad made a repeat appearance at Peyton and Eli Manning’s camp in Louisiana this summer. Nine Rams made the trip, joined by a few Basalt and Aspen players. They were also joined by another Colorado player, one whose name is fairly well known around the state.”They put us all on the same team together, out of 400 kids, here’s the Colorado contingency, and then they stuck John Elway’s son on our team, Jack Elway (the senior starting quarterback at Cherry Creek High School this season),” said Roaring Fork head coach Mike Brinson. “So we had a stud team.”

The Glenwood Springs Football team decided to stay home this offseason, choosing to play spring ball instead of attending a camp in the summer. With the team’s nucleus returning in its junior class, the Demons practiced more as a team and scrimmaging each other.Throughout the summer Glenwood also held 7-on-7 practices. Although they were slated the same days as open gyms for basketball, it didn’t hinder attendance.”We would go to open gym and then come straight out to football when it was over,” said junior wide receiver/defensive back Kevin Screen, one of the many Demons who stars on the football field as well as the basketball court.

Beyond standard weight room work and group conditioning sessions, Rifle made its annual trip to the University of Wyoming full-contact football camp in June.”There’s some pretty solid teams up there,” said Rifle lineman Justin Stone, who made the trip along with more than 40 of his teammates. “We did all right.”At the Wyoming camp, the Bears got some 11-on-11 scrimmaging in with teams from all over, as well as individual drill work.Select Rifle players also attended the University of Colorado passing camp.”We did a lot of team building and practice stuff there,” Bears coach Damon Wells said.



Coal Ridge, preparing for just its second season of varsity football, enjoyed a solid summer. Titan footballers were regulars in the weight room, lifting three times a week and running through offensive and defensive schemes on the field.A trip to the Mesa State football camp also reaped dividends.”We had a bunch of success there,” junior running back/linebacker Bradey Gasaway said of the camp, which featured workouts, drills and 7-on-7 competition. “Everyone got into it. They were whooping and hollering. We kept up real good, hustling and you didn’t see anyone slacking.”And the Titans competed well against strong teams from Grand Junction and beyond.”It felt good to get back at teams,” junior running back/linebacker Josh Alsop said. “We competed with every single team up there.”

Grand Valley, fresh off its first playoff appearance since 1999, kept busy this summer with hopes of making a repeat trip to the postseason.”We lifted, went to camp. We’ve been working together after practices,” said Cardinals fullback/linebacker William Waugh.Waugh and his Grand Valley teammates also took in the Wyoming camp, participating in 11-on-11, full-padded scrimmages and 7-on-7 touch contests. The Cards make the trip every summer.Of note, Grand Valley all-state receiver Tyler Jensen broke his collarbone at the Wyoming camp. The star senior said the break didn’t require surgery.”They just put it in a brace that held it in place,” he recalled. “It’s fine. They say it’s stronger than before I broke it.”


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