Rifle celebrates homecoming with 40-0 shutout over Battle Mtn. | PostIndependent.com

Rifle celebrates homecoming with 40-0 shutout over Battle Mtn.

RIFLE – Playing a winless team, Rifle had a good chance of winning its homecoming football game.

Such was the case on Friday as the Bears whitewashed the 0-7 Battle Mountain Huskies 40-0.

Going in, the Class 3A nonconference game figured to be lopsided. It lived up to that billing.

Rifle (5-2 overall, 2-1 Western Slope Conference) took the lead on the game’s third play on Bear defensive back J.R. Childress’ score off a 37-yard pass interception.

The Bears added touchdowns from Marcus Carrion, Troy Weiss and Kyle Sanderson in the first quarter for a 27-0 lead.

Carrion had the biggest night among the regulars. In limited action, the senior running back finished with 86 yards in six carries.

As a team, the Bears only had 273 yards of total offense.

But that’s OK. As usual, Rifle’s defense was stingy.

In the first quarter, the Bears forced Battle Mountain into two turnovers, converted both to touchdowns and limited the Huskies to minus-7 yards of total offense.

As the game progressed, the Huskies moved the ball better, but the majority of those yards came against younger players.

After Weiss scored his second touchdown of the game on a 6-yard run in the second quarter to go up 33-0, head coach Darrel Gorham substituted freely.

From that point, the Bear lineup got younger and younger.

The second-stringers posted the game’s final touchdown when sophomore quarterback Tyler Gose hooked up with Jordan Robinson for a 48-yard catch-and-run.

Satisfied with the play of the JV’s, the freshman team’s offense, en masse was brought into the game to finish up the latter moments of the fourth quarter.

“All the kids got a chance to play, that was nice,” said Rifle head coach Darrel Gorham.

But, as nice as Friday night was the Bears get back to serious business quickly.

On Friday, the Bears have a critical conference match on tap at Steamboat Springs.

After edging a surprising Glenwood Springs squad, 21-14, the Sailors (5-2, 3-1) are tied for first place in the WSC with Palisade. Rifle is tied for second with Moffat County, both with 2-1 conference records.

“We’re banged up a little bit,” said Gorham. “Tonight gave us the chance to rest some kids and that’s what we needed. Now we have to come back hard and get ready to play Steamboat.”

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