Prep rivalries, decisive games on tap tonight
Steamboat Springs at Glenwood Springs, 7 p.m.After seven weeks of football, Glenwood is undefeated and ranked No. 1 in Class 3A, according to RockyPreps. While the resume is strong, Glenwood will not only be looking to keep the streak alive on Friday, but also for payback for last year against Steamboat.Glenwood lost 31-6 last season against the Sailors, in a physical battle in which Steamboat shut the Demons down. This time, the game’s in Glenwood and the Demons, led by star quarterback Dakota Stonehouse, are out to prove they are the best on the Western Slope. Grand Valley at Soroco, 7 p.m.The Cardinals already clinched the Class 1A Western Slope League title and a playoff berth last week with a 14-0 win over Hayden, but Grand Valley’s not going to let down now. Tonight the No. 4 Cards will look to continue their undefeated season against struggling Soroco, which has yet to get a league win. With 1A rushing leader Colton Cowan, who has 1,058 yards on 118 carries for 13 TDs, leading the offense, and a lock-down defense that rarely lets opponents reach the end zone, Grand Valley will be aiming for another win in its WSL finale. Eagle Valley at Rifle, 7 p.m.There are still two more weeks of football after this, but this showdown between Rifle and Eagle Valley could be a big step toward the winner’s playoff push. Both are 3-2 in the Class 3A Western Slope League, tied for fourth place – an important place since four teams from the WSL will go on to the playoffs.Rifle is coming off a 20-7 loss to Palisade last week and Eagle Valley will be trying to rebound from a 48-13 drumming by Glenwood.Roaring Fork at Basalt, 7 p.m.After a 50-10 win over Coal Ridge last week, the Roaring Fork coaches and players are looking to close out their season on a three-game win streak. After downing the Titans, the next step will be beating Basalt tonight. While the 1-6 Longhorns have had some hard times this season, the Roaring Fork-Basalt rivalry is always intense and seems to throw records out the window.Ram quarterback and running back Jake Kinney will need to step up again, fueling the offense as Roaring Fork tries to even its WSL record to 3-3. Hotchkiss at Coal Ridge, 7 p.m.Two of the four 1-4 Class 2A WSL teams will hit the field tonight in a Coal Ridge-Hotchkiss battle, with the winner looking to break away from the pack. Coal Ridge will give it every thing it has in its arsenal, trying to get a win on senior night and the last home game of the season.Turnovers hurt the Titans last week. If they can hang on to the ball, quarterbacks Keenan Grumley and Crockett Williams, along with the running back tandem of Josh Alsop and Bradey Gasaway, can be a force.
Through Oct. 18Class 3A Western Slope LeagueLeagueOverallW-L W-L PF PAGlenwood Springs5-07-028173Palisade5-16-225992Steamboat Springs4-15-2197140Eagle Valley3-25-2189131Rifle3-24-3121128Delta2-42-573186Moffat County1-42-5127188Battle Mountain1-41-5124229Montezuma-Cortez0-61-7151244Friday, Oct. 19Palisade at Battle Mountain, 7 p.m.Steamboat Springs at Glenwood Springs, 7 p.m.Eagle Valley at Rifle, 7 p.m.Moffat County at Cortez, 7 p.m.Class 2A Western Slope LeagueLeagueOverallW-LW-LPFPAAspen5-06-1201101Gunnison5-06-121758Olathe4-16-125563Roaring Fork2-32-5109188Hotchkiss1-43-4132136Basalt1-41-675139Cedaredge1-41-691293Coal Ridge1-41-683223Friday, Oct. 19Hotchkiss at Coal Ridge, 7 p.m.Olathe at Cedaredge, 7 p.m.Aspen at Gunnison, 7 p.m.Roaring Fork at Basalt, 7 p.m.Class 1A Western Slope LeagueLeagueOverallW-LW-LPFPAGrand Valley5-07-020750Meeker3-15-2168134West Grand3-24-3127101Hayden2-25-215469Paonia2-24-316486Rangely0-42-5113198Soroco0-41-534230Friday, Oct. 19Hayden at Rangely, 7 p.m.Paonia at Meeker, 7 p.m.West Grand at Buena Vista, 7 p.m.Grand Valley at Soroco, 7 p.m.
PASSINGDakota Stonehouse, Glenwood 20-for-26 for 339, 5 TDs vs. Eagle Valley.Jake Kinney, Roaring Fork 4-for-8 for 76 yards, 2 TDs vs. Coal Ridge.Matt Cain, Grand Valley 3 completions for 61 yards, 1 TD vs. Hayden.Keenan Grumley, Coal Ridge 3-for-10 for 47 yards, 1 TD vs. Roaring Fork.Hazen Moss, Rifle 18-yard TD pass vs. Palisade.RUSHINGColton Cowan, Grand Valley 17 carries for 183 yards, 1 TD vs. Hayden.Kinney, Roaring Fork 14 carries for 146 yards, 2 TDs vs. CR.Grumley, Coal Ridge 13 carries for 106 yards vs. Roaring Fork.Jon Lantz, Grand Valley 10 carries for 92 yards vs. Hayden.RECEIVINGBennett Nicola, Glenwood 4 catches for 147 yards, 1 TD vs. EV.Donnie Jennert, Glenwood 5 catches for 92 yards, 2 TDs vs. EV.Connor Riley, Glenwood 6 catches for 60 yards, 1 TD vs. EV.Dietrich Minor, Roaring Fork 2 catches for 51 yards, 2 TDs vs. CR.Tyler Jensen, Grand Valley 2 catches for 59 yards, 1 TD vs. Hayden.Kevin Screen, Glenwood 2 catches for 17 yards, 1 TD vs. EV.Alex Klein, Coal Ridge 3 catches for 47 yards, 1 TD vs. RF.Clayton Spillane, Rifle 18-yard TD catch vs. Palisade.
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Six members of the Glenwood Springers Track and Field Club traveled to Aurora July 10-11 to compete in the Colorado State Junior Olympic Meet with coach Anne Swanson.