Prep schedule includes some tough matchups
Young Roaring Fork suffered another setback in a season filled with hard luck in a 21-7 loss to Aspen last week. It was the first time in ages that the Rams found themselves on the losing end of a tilt with the Skiers.Still, Roaring Fork hung tight with up-and-coming Aspen and was a couple of ill-timed turnovers away from a much closer final score.Against Gunnison the Rams face a team that knocked off Coal Ridge 28-11 last week and a team that is challenging for the 2A WSL title at 3-0 in league and 4-1 overall.
There may be five games left in the regular season, but this one could very well be for the Class 3A Western Slope League title.Palisade, which is ranked No. 2 in the state, according to RockyPreps, and No. 4 Glenwood, are anchored by two of the best quarterbacks in the state.Dakota Stonehouse, Glenwood’s leading man, is 60-for-87 passing through five games this season, totaling 925 yards and 14 touchdowns. Oh yeah, and he’s run for another couple hundred and a few TDs on the ground.Palisade’s Jake Appling has completed 40 passes on 71 attempts for 615 yards, but no touchdowns. The Bulldogs’ scoring force rests in running back Zach Adair, who’s rushed for 752 yards for 13 TDs on 91 attempts.It looks to be a great game, and paired with Glenwood’s homecoming, a packed house should be on hand for the big night.
Rifle will look to bounce back from back-to-back losses in tonight’s homecoming game against struggling Battle Mountain.In the past two games, the Bears have been held to one touchdown, and this would be a perfect game to get the offense moving again as the Huskies are giving up an average of more than 37 points per game.Rifle needs this win and momentum going into the next two weeks, when the Bears will face Palisade and Eagle Valley.
A statement win over West Grand last week moved Grand Valley into the fourth spot in the RockyPreps’ Class 1A state poll.Few could argue that the Cards, who snapped a six-year playoff drought by making the second season last year, have officially made the leap from resurgent to juggernaut.William Waugh and Colton Cowan continued their season-long trend of devastating opposing teams with their legs, the former racking up 163 yards and a TD and the latter going for 111 yards and two scores in last Friday’s 18-0 dismissal of previously 1A WSL-unbeaten West Grand.Cowan leads Class 1A in rushing this season with 769 yards and 10 TDs. Paonia, coming off a 35-8 win over Soroco, surely will have its hands full containing the Grand Valley offense. Or its defense for that matter, which already has two shutouts to its credit.
Two struggling teams take the field at Coal Ridge Friday in the form of the Titans and Basalt. The Longhorns earned their first win of the season last week, erupting for a 45-16 thrashing of Cedaredge, an interesting final score considering Basalt had scored just 19 points in its previous four outings.Coal Ridge, on the other hand, suffered a 28-11 loss to one of the 3A WSL’s frontrunners, Gunnison.
PASSINGDakota Stonehouse, Glenwood Springs – 12-of-17, 177 yards, 4 TDs, vs. Battle MountainRUSHINGMichael Hudson, GS – 15 carries, 133 yards, vs. BMStonehouse. GS – 8 carries, 90 yards, TD, vs. BMBrian Key, Rifle – TD run (8 yards) vs. Grand Junction CentralWilliam Waugh, Grand Valley – 9 carries, 163 yards, TD, vs. West GrandColton Cowan, GV – 17 carries, 111 yards, 2 TDs, vs. WGJake Kinney, Roaring Fork – 14 carries, 46 yards, TD, vs. AspenJosh Alsop, Coal Ridge – 8 carries, 42 yards, TD, vs. GunnisonRECEIVINGConnor Riley, Glenwood Springs – 2 TD catches (8 and 35 yards) vs. BMDEFENSEGrand Valley – 8 sacks vs. WG; Cody Miles, Cole Kraft, Eric Glaze: 2 eachCoal Ridge – 3 interceptions vs. Gunnison; Tanner Horsey, Bradey Gasaway, Evan Wagstrom: 1 each
Through Oct. 5Class 3A Western Slope LeagueLeagueOverallW-LW-LGlenwood Springs3-05-0Palisade4-05-1Eagle Valley2-14-1Rifle2-13-2Steamboat Springs2-13-2Moffat County1-32-3Battle Mountain1-31-4Delta1-31-4Montezuma-Cortez0-31-4Class 2A Western Slope LeagueLeagueOverallW-LW-LOlathe3-05-0Aspen3-04-1Gunnison3-04-1Cedaredge1-21-4Roaring Fork1-21-4Basalt1-21-4Hotchkiss0-32-3Coal Ridge0-30-5Class 1A Western Slope LeagueLeagueOverallW-LW-LGrand Valley3-05-0Hayden1-14-1West Grand2-13-2Meeker2-13-2Paonia1-13-2Rangely0-22-3Soroco0-31-4
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