Rifle opens football season with a 34-8 rout
When it comes to scheduling non-league football games Rifle has developed a nasty trait – no one wants to play them.
On Saturday the Bears rid themselves of another possible long-term rivalry with Grand County of Moab, Utah with a 34-8 pummeling over their unsuspecting host.
Junior running back Troy Weiss scored four touchdowns to lead Rifle, with 165 rushing yards in 25 carries.
The Bears took the lead in the opening minutes of the contest on a Grand County fumble at the Red Devil 30 yard line.
Five plays later Weiss crashed through for a 7-0 lead after J.R. Childress added the extra point.
Rifle upped its lead to 14-0 before the end of the first quarter, and had taken a 21-0 at halftime.
The Bear defense was especially stingy.
They held the Red Devils with 40 yards of total offense and didn’t allow Grand County a first down until the midway point of the 3rd quarter.
By then Rifle upped its lead to 28-7.
Afterwards, with a number of substitutes in place of the Bear starters, Grand County scored its lone touchdown of the night.
Rifle added its last score in the fourth quarter.
Jason Enewold, in his first game as the Bears starting quarterback, rushed for 70 yards and one touchdown in 7 carries and went 7-for-12 passing with no interceptions.
Childress, replacing an injured Mike Birdsley, who had left the game in the first quarter with an ankle injury, led Rifle in receiving with 70 yards in five receptions.
“He stepped in and stole the show,” said Rifle coach Darrel Gorham of the little-used junior. “He sure shined. He was our MVP of the game.”
Birdsley also saw duty as one of Rifle’s cornerbacks on defense. He also converted on five of the Bears’ six extra point attempts after touchdowns.
Defensively, Gorham praised the efforts of linebackers Anthony Alfini, Thad Porter and lineman Ryan Gilbert.
Rifle puts its undefeated 1-0 record on the line Friday night when it hosts Colorado Springs Harrison at Bear Stadium.
“This week against Harrison will be a good test,” said Gorham.
“They have some really fast kids coming back from last year’s team.”
What the coach doesn’t like is not having much information to prepare against this week’s opponent.
“I don’t like going in to a game unprepared. We have no film on (Harrison) so far, so you go by what you hear on the phone. It makes it tough.”
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