Rifle gridders highlight homecoming
The Rifle High School football team has the stage to themselves for homecoming.The football team is the only Rifle squad with a home game this weekend, allowing other athletes and students to focus all their attention from the stands on Friday night’s bout with Battle Mountain.And the stage is set for Bears fans to leave happy.The Huskies, an independent 3A team, has yet to win a game this season. In fact, Battle Mountain (0-6) hasn’t been closer than 13 points to an opponent when the final horn sounded.Tonight’s game won’t do anything for the Bears in terms of their Western Slope Conference standings, but it could serve as a good game to get untracked.Rifle (2-1 WSC, 4-2 overall) is currently in a three-way tie for second place in league, with the top three finishers getting automatic bids to the postseason.Football: see page A21The Bears are also coming off their first league loss in over two seasons, after dropping a 21-7 decision to Moffat County last weekend.The game is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. tonight at Rifle High School.In other prep football action this weekend:-The Glenwood Springs Demons will try to get back into the postseason mix tonight against No. 5-ranked Steamboat Springs in a 7 p.m. contest at Stubler Memorial Field. The Demons are currently fifth in league standings with a 1-2 record (2-4 overall) and could draw even with Steamboat in the standings with a victory. Steamboat is in a three-way tie for second with Palisade and Rifle at 2-1 (5-1).The Sailors’ only loss this season came against No. 4-ranked Palisade two weeks ago by a 41-31 margin. Steamboat had an average winning margin of almost 26 points in its other five games.The Demons dropped a 52-21 decision to Palisade last weekend, but have otherwise been solid defensively. Not counting the Palisade game, Glenwood has allowed an average of 12.2 points per contest.-In Class 2A Western Slope Conference action, No. 2-ranked Roaring Fork (4-0, 6-0) will try keep its record perfect with a 1 p.m. Saturday afternoon contest at Aspen (1-3, 2-4).Basalt is in search of its first league victory of the season when it hosts Cedaredge (3-1, 3-3) Friday night at 7 p.m.-In Class A WSC, Grand Valley (3-1, 4-2) travels to Plateau Valley (2-2, 3-3) for a 1 p.m. Saturday game.
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