Prep roundup: Rifle rolls past Battle Mountain to set up big matchup
The Vail Daily
EDWARDS — No. 2-ranked Rifle football did pretty much anything and everything it wanted in a 55-7 victory over Battle Mountain on a chilly Friday night at Battle Mountain High School.
The win moves the Bears to 5-0 overall and 4-0 in the 3A Western Slope, setting up what may be the de facto Western Slope championship against Palisade next week in Rifle.
Palisade will certainly be out for revenge as the Bears have won the past two meetings in the series. Rifle thumped the Bulldogs, 31-3, at Stocker Stadium last year and eked out a 36-33 victory in 2011.
In fact, Friday night was Rifle’s 25th consecutive regular-season win dating back to Nov. 5, 2010, when Glenwood Springs defeated the Bears, 20-19.
On Rifle’s second play from the line of scrimmage, Bears’ junior Brock Clark was off to the races with an 80-yard run down the left side for six. Rifle’s Ty Leyba had a 64-yard punt return setting up an easy score for quarterback Layton Stutsman with 6:34 left in the first quarter.
One Battle Mountain fumble and 37 seconds later, Kellin Leigh was into the end zone on a short carry for a 20-0 lead. Battle Mountain’s third fumble of the first quarter gave the Bears the ball on the Huskies’ 11. Clark had his second score from 5 yards out, and Rifle was in complete control. On the Bears’ next possession, Leigh broke off a 53-yard rumble and took it another 16, for good measure, for his second touchdown.
About the only thing stopping Rifle were incompletions — the Bears did try to pass on a damp night — and penalties. Leigh started the second quarter with a 48-yard scoring run, which kicked in the running clock at 41-0.
Grand Valley, Roaring Fork, Coal Ridge football teams lose
Coal Ridge High School’s football team lost 47-21 to Pagosa Springs on Friday night. Grand Valley played Bayfield much closer, falling 22-15, and Roaring Fork lost its Class 1A Western Slope League game to Paoina, 47-0 in Carbondale.
Roaring Fork volleyball team falls to Eagle Valley
The Rams lost a noleague match to Eagle Valley in Carbondale, 25-11, 22-25, 27-29, 25-21, 15-7. Roaring Fork had 100 digs as a team, got 11 kills from Grace Brown and 12 from Taila Howe. Toni Gross added 32 assists.
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The Coal Ridge High boys suffered their first 3A Western Slope League loss of the year Thursday night on the road at Gunnison, falling to the defending league champion Cowboys 65-45.