Rifle keeps rolling in WSC
RIFLE – Rain and wet grass slowed down Rifle’s offense a bit, but it didn’t stop the Bears’ from remaining undefeated.
Turnovers prevented the Bears (3-0 in the Western Slope Conference, 7-0 overall) from adding to it’s halftime lead, but they still managed to roll up 373 yards of total offense against the rebuilding Bulldogs (1-2, 3-3) in a 21-10 win on Friday.
Troy Weiss, the state’s leading ground-gainer in Class 3A finished the game with 130 yards rushing and one touchdown before exiting the contest early in the fourth quarter. Quarterback Jason Enewold passed for one TD and ran for another.
“We didn’t execute (offensively) as well, but I never thought the game was close,” said Rifle coach Darrel Gorham.
The Bears took the lead on Weiss’ two-yard run in the first quarter and were never seriously challenged.
A Bulldog field goal cut Rifle’s lead to 6-3 later in the period. That turned out to be the closest Moffat County would get.
In the second quarter, Enewold’s eight-yard TD run and two-point conversion, followed by tight end Thad Porter’s 28-yard catch in the end zone, raised Rifle’s lead to 21-3 at intermission.
Moffat County scored it’s only touchdown of the game in the fourth quarter.
Now, with a bye week , the Bears have the luxury of two weeks to prepare it’s home match with Steamboat Springs.
Gorham said, “Steamboat has some really athletic kids who can run. So it’s nice to have the bye week to prepare for them.”
The Sailors are tied for second place in the WSC with Palisade at 2-1.
Roaring Fork 42, Gunnison 7
The Rams (4-0, 5-1) maintained it’s share of first place in the 2A Western Slope Conference and dropped Gunnison into second place on a 42-7 dismantling of the Cowboys on Friday at Western State College.
James Leonard scored three touchdowns on runs of one and seven yards and caught a 17-yard scoring pass from quarterback Evan Carmichael to cinch the win by halftime.
Leonard’s second-quarter run, part of 148-yard, 17-carry effort, gave Roaring Fork a 27-0 first-half lead.
Carmichael, who was 8-of-14 passing also had a 35-yard touchdown pass to Chad Minor before intermission.
After a scoreless third quarter, the Rams added two touchdowns in the fourth on Dan Markoya’s 16-yard run and back-up quarterback Aaron Markham’s 17-yard pass to Dustin Caughern.
“We’re hitting on all cylinders. The kids have got it and it’s nice to see it,” said Roaring Fork coach Tory Jensen on the play of the offensive and defensive units.
The Rams finished with 550 yards of total offense, and limited Gunnison to 53 yards in the first half before turning the game over to the subs to finish out.
Roaring Fork concludes it’s home schedule on Friday against winless Aspen (0-3, 0-6), a team that Jensen portrays as “scary.”
“They are playing real strong, and we’re not taking them lightly at all.”
NOTE: The Cedaredge against Roaring Fork junior varsity football game scheduled for Monday at Roaring Fork High School has been canceled.
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Down 14-7 with less than 11 minutes left in regulation, Rifle head coach Todd Casebier decided it was time to deviate from his ground-and-pound offense for a bit of an aerial attack.