Rams rebound to blank Meeker, 28-0
CARBONDALE — Roaring Fork High School’s football team made sure it didn’t fall short against the Meeker Cowboys on Friday night.
Nate Nieslanik found the end zone twice on a pair of 3-yard touchdown runs and Sergio Vega added a scoop-and-score TD of his own, helping the Rams snap a four-game losing streak with a 28-0 victory.
“Our kids have really played well for the past few weeks,” Roaring Fork coach Tory Jensen said. “We’ve actually played very well for the past three games and … they are really starting to believe in themselves now.”
Nieslanik also had a 17-yard TD pass to Kerwin Hirro with close to 4 minutes remaining to cap the scoring for Roaring Fork (3-5 overall, 1-3 Class 1A Western Slope League), which earned its first league win and won for the first time since its victory against Aspen in the second week of the season. It also marked the first time the Rams have scored an offensive touchdown since their nonleague loss to Ridgeview Academy in Week 4.
Meeker (5-3, 1-3 league) suffered a setback when starting quarterback Jake Phelan left the game with a broken leg on the Cowboys’ third offensive play from scrimmage. Roaring Fork later went up 14-0 when Vega sacked his replacement, forced a fumble and ran it into the end zone from 50 yards out. The Rams held a 21-0 lead at halftime.
Roaring Fork will conclude its season on Friday when the Rams travel to Leadville to play winless Lake County.
Basalt 28, Coal Ridge 6
PEACH VALLEY — Tyler Sheerin scored for Coal Ridge on a 35-yard touchdown run, but turnovers proved costly for the Titans in their Class 2A Western Slope League loss to the Longhorns.
“We moved the ball well, but turned it over on almost every drive inside the Basalt 20,” Coal Ridge coach Kyle Sager said.
Coal Ridge (0-8, 0-6 2A WSL) will try to cap its season with a victory when it hosts Grand Valley on Friday.
Aspen 36, Grand Valley 26
PARACHUTE — Tyler Scott threw for a touchdown and ran for two more and Bryan Hegwood had a 45-yard run for a score, but the Cardinals (1-7, 1-5) weren’t able to keep up with the Skiers (5-3, 4-2) in the second half.
Scott’s 45-yard TD pass to Ivan Arizaga was the final score of the game, but only brought Grand Valley within 10 points. The Skiers led 14-12 at halftime.
A phone call seeking more details on the game was not returned.
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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.