RIFLE BEARS WIN 15-0, MOVE TO STATE SEMIFINALS | PostIndependent.com

RIFLE BEARS WIN 15-0, MOVE TO STATE SEMIFINALS

Jon Mitchell
jmitchell@postindependent.com

JOHNSTOWN — Rifle High School’s football team plowed through the snow and the Roosevelt Roughriders’ defensive line on Saturday.

By doing that, the sixth-seeded Bears plowed their way back into the Class 3A semifinals.

Rife sophomore running back Blaine Vance rushed for 150 yards on 24 carries, and Brock Clark’s fourth-quarter touchdown run sealed the Bears’ 15-0 victory over Roosevelt in the Class 3A quarterfinals at a snow-covered Peterson Field.

The Bears (11-1) were turned away from scoring chances early in the game, but took advantage of the opportunities they created in the fourth quarter.

The Bears will host 10th-seeded Fort Morgan (10-2) in the state semifinals. The game will likely be played next Saturday.

It’s the first time Rifle has played in the state semifinals since 2012, when the Bears went to the 3A state title game at Legacy Stadium in Aurora.

On Saturday, the Bears racked up 288 rushing yards with their ball-control offense while limiting the bigger, higher-seeded Roughriders (10-2) to just 143 yards of total offense in a game where the snow flew from kickoff to the final horn.

See Sunday’s Post Independent for full coverage.


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