Preps roundup: Glenwood, Rifle win big nonleague games on the gridiron
The Glenwood Springs Demons football team stayed undefeated with a 35-27 win over Conifer at home Friday, while the Rifle Bears got a notch in the win column Saturday with a 48-0 route at Denver Lincoln in a game that ended in forfeit at halftime.
Rifle got three touchdowns from running back Toto Fletchall and another rushing TD from quarterback Trey Caldwell in the first quarter alone, after which the Bears led 26-0, according to a play-by-play posted to MaxPreps Colorado.
Second quarter scores came from Nicholas Saldivar, and the Bears capitalized on Lancers turnovers, including a fumble recovery and run for a TD by Jesus Martinez. Caldwell also connected with Eduen Pena for a passing TD.
The Bears improved to 1-2 on the young season, and play Faith Christian at home on Friday before opening 2A Western Slope League play Oct. 1 at Aspen.
Demons score impressive win
Coming off their close win at Rifle last week, Glenwood Springs hosted fellow 3A competitor Conifer for a nonleague game Friday night at home.
Senior Ray Rosenmerkel rushed for 135 yards and two touchdowns and had 34 receiving yards, including another TD in the air. Sophomore quarterback Joaquin Sandoval was 6-for-10 passing for 128 yards and a touchdown. Junior Reece McMillan also had two rushing touchdowns.
“It was a great team win against (previously) undefeated Conifer,” head Demons coach Patrick Engle said. “We got out of the gate quickly and learned some lessons along the way about finishing games.”
Engle acknowledged the multi-disciplined Rosenmerkel, who also had 53 punt return yards and 29 yards returning kicks, recovered an onside kick, and was a perfect 5-for-5 kicking the team’s extra points after touchdowns.
Senior middle linebacker Teddy Huttenhower had 12 tackles on the night.
Glenwood hosts intra-district rival Basalt in another nonleague affair Friday, followed by a final nonleague game Oct. 1 against Roosevelt, also in Glenwood. The 3A Western Slope League slate begins at Summit on Oct. 8.
In other weekend football action, it was Cedaredge 20-0 over Coal Ridge, Meeker 40-0 over Roaring Fork, Gunnison 17-7 over Grand Valley, and Basalt 37-0 over Faith Christian.
Other early season high school sports scores over the past week included:
Boys soccer — Roaring Fork 8, CRMS 0; Coal Ridge 5, Telluride 4.
Girls volleyball — Delta over Coal Ridge, 3-0; Glenwood Springs over Coal Ridge, 3-2 (25-17, 25-20, 19-25, 17-25, 15-10); Basalt over Roaring Fork, 3-1 (25-16, 23-25, 25-18, 25-18); Rifle over Roaring Fork, 3-1 (25-15, 21-25, 25-18, 25-15); Aspen over Rifle, 3-2 (25-20, 20-25, 14-25, 28-26, 15-11); Golden over Grand Valley, 2-0 (25-12, 25-13); Grand Valley over Englewood, 2-0 (25-14, 26-24); The Vanguard School over Grand Valley, 2-0 (25-23, 25-17); Monte Vista over Grand Valley, 2-1 (25-17, 9-25, 15-13).
Girls softball: Conifer 11, Rifle 0; Rifle 4, Weld Central 0; Broomfield 10, Rifle 0.
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