Rams rally again, stay unbeaten
BAYFIELD – Roaring Fork High School football fans haven’t been leaving the first two games of the season early.For the second straight game, the Rams trailed in the fourth quarter and, for the second game, they came away with the win. And, just like the season opener against Glenwood Springs, running back Jake Bowman was key in the comeback.After leading for most of the game, Roaring Fork needed a 54-yard strike in the game’s final minute from quarterback Aaron Markham to Bowman to secure a 19-14 victory over Bayfield in a nonconference game Saturday.”It’s pretty cool that we won two tight games with a team that’s learning, on every play, the game of football,” Roaring Fork coach Tory Jensen said. “You can see them improve and, if they keep doing this, by the end of the season we should be a good football team.”Rams: see page 16The touchdown was the second of the game for Bowman, also a starting linebacker. In the opening drive of the second half Bowman broke away for a 66-yard touchdown run to give the Rams a 13-0 lead. Bowman finished the night with 134 yards on the ground.”Jake just played a heck of a game all the way around,” Roaring Fork coach Tory Jensen said. “The kid never comes off the field. He’s on it all the time.”Roaring Fork took a 6-0 lead in the first half with a 54-yard pass from Markham to Parker Nieslanik. Roaring Fork held Bayfield scoreless into the second half with solid play from the defensive line and linebackers corps, according to Jensen.”Kids are swarming to the ball. There are a lot of hats on the ball,” Jensen said. “The linebackers might have had the glory, but the defensive line did a great job of controlling the offensive line. They get to reap the benefits of the guys behind them making plays.”Following Bowman’s first touchdown Bayfield managed scored back-to-back touchdowns to take a 14-13 lead in the fourth quarter before Markham’s winning pass to Bowman.Markham finished the game 6-of-13 for 159 yards with three interceptions and two touchdowns.Roaring Fork improves to 2-0 overall and begins Class 2A Western Slope play Friday at Olathe (1-1). Bayfield drops to 1-1.Roaring Fork improves to 2-0 overall and begins Class 2A Western Slope play Friday at Olathe (1-1). Bayfield drops to 1-1.
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