Rifle to take on Central in Thursday night football
Rifle (2-1-0 Class 3A Western Slope League, 3-1-0 overall) vs. Grand Junction Central (1-0-0 Class 4A Southwestern Conference, 2-3-0 overall) at Stocker Stadium, 7 p.m. tonightThe Rifle Bears will be taking a break from Class 3A Western Slope League play to face 4A Grand Junction Central tonight at 7 p.m. at Stocker Stadium. The Bears are hoping to get back on track after being hit with their first loss of the season last week, a 42-0 loss to Glenwood.Central and Rifle play a similar style of football, running the ball a lot and trying to control the clock. For Central, running back Joe Trujillo takes the majority of the load, but quarterback Clay Kame can also run with the ball. Rifle, who is ranked No. 10 according to RockyPreps, can line up a few guys in the backfield, including Tyler Chapman, Brian Key and Daniel Maldonado, and still make gains. Hazen Moss can also move down the field as a scrambler.Central is coming off a 17-14 win over conference rival Fruita Monument last week. Kame and Trujillo each rushed for touchdowns.Glenwood (2-0-0 Class 3A Western Slope League, 4-0-0 overall) at Battle Mountain (1-2-0 WSL, 1-3-0 overall), 7 p.m. FridayHot off its 42-0 victory over Rifle, the Glenwood Demons will look to stay undefeated when they take on the struggling Huskies of Battle Mountain in Vail. The win over Rifle boosted Glenwood’s RockyPreps ranking to No. 5 in Class 3A football in the state.With quarterback Dakota Stonehouse commanding the offense, teams are finding it hard to stop the Demon attack. The junior threw for three touchdowns and ran for three more against Rifle. Wide outs Lance Tsosie, Connor Riley and Kevin Screen all came up with TD receptions, proving Stonehouse has got a lot of options to throw to.The Glenwood defense is also standing its ground, and through four games this season, has held opponents to an average of 6.5 points per contest.Battle Mountain earned its first win of the season last week with a 38-22 victory over Cortez.Aspen (2-0-0 Class 2A Western Slope League, 3-1 overall) at Roaring Fork (1-1 WSL, 1-3 overall), 7 p.m. FridayRoaring Fork chalked up its first win of the season last week with a 19-16 victory over Hotchkiss and will look to add more to the win column in its homecoming game against Aspen on Friday.The Rams’ running game had its best performance of the season against Hotchkiss as Jake Kinney and Soren Phibbs each rushed for touchdowns. Ryan Weimer also completed a touchdown pass to Kinney for what turned out to be the winning score in the third quarter.The Skiers lone loss this season came on Aug. 31 by way of a 28-14 loss to Class 1A Grand Valley. Aspen’s two conference wins have been over Basalt and Cedaredge.Gunnison (2-0 Class 3A Western Slope League, 3-1 overall) at Coal Ridge (0-2 WSL, 0-4 overall), 7 p.m. FridayCoal Ridge faced its toughest battle in a 42-6 loss to Olathe last week, but things won’t get too much easier when the Titans take the field with Gunnsion on homecoming night a Coal Ridge. Keenan Grumley hit Bradey Gasaway for a touchdown for Coal Ridge’s only score against Olathe, who is currently in first place in the league and undefeated on the season. The Titans struggled with turnovers again, throwing two interceptions and fumbling once, but made up for one of them when Kyle Laidlaw recovered a fumble.West Grand (2-0-0 Class 1A Western Slope League, 3-1-0 overall) at Grand Valley, 7 p.m. FridayIt’s still early in the season, but this match-up could be a preview of the Class 1A Western Slope League Championship. Both teams are undefeated in league and have handed out a their fair share of beatings in games thus far.Grand Valley has proved to be a machine on offense, averaging over 33 points per game. Running backs Colton Cowan and William Waugh continue to rack up yards and touchdowns and quarterback Matt Cain is making good decisions. Tyler Jensen, Waugh and Jon Lantz all came up with big catches last week, then turned on the jets and came up with even bigger gains after the receptions.West Grand’s only loss came in week one with a 41-0 drumming from Lyons. Since then, in their last three games, the Mustangs have only given up a total of 13 points to opposing teams.
PassingDakota Stonehouse, Glenwood Springs – 11-of-16, 200 yards, 3 TDs vs. Rifle.Matt Cain, Grand Valley – 3-for-5, 114 yards, 1 TD vs. Meeker.Hazen Moss, Rifle – 8-for-21 for 113 yards vs. Glenwood Springs.RushingStonehouse, Glenwood Springs – 6 carries, 40 yards, 3 TDs vs. Rifle.Colton Cowan, 13 carries, 68 yards, 2 TDs vs. Meeker.William Waugh, 7 carries for 81 yards, 1 TD vs. Meeker.Jake Kinney, Roaring Fork – 13-yard TD run vs. Hotchkiss.ReceivingBradey Gasaway, Coal Ridge – 6 catches for 87 yards, 1 TD vs. Olathe.Lance Tsosie, Glenwood Springs – 3 catches for 79 yards, 1 TD vs. Rifle.Kevin Screen, Glenwood Springs – 4 catches for 67 yards, 1 TD vs. Rifle.DefenseColton Cowan, Grand Valley – one interception, one fumble recovery.
Through Sept. 21Class 3A Western Slope LeagueLeagueOverallGlenwood Springs2-04-0Palisade3-04-2Rifle2-13-1Eagle Valley1-13-1Steamboat Springs1-12-2Moffat County1-22-1Battle Mountain1-21-3Delta1-21-3Montezuma-Cortez0-31-4Thursday, Sept. 27Rifle vs. Grand Junction Central, at Stocker Stadium, 7 p.m.Friday, Sept. 28Glenwood at Battle Mountain, 7 p.m.Cortez at Palisade, 7 p.m.Moffat County at Steamboat Springs, 7 p.m.Delta at Eagle Valley, 7 p.m.Class 2A Western Slope LeagueLeagueOverallOlathe2-04-0Aspen2-03-1Gunnison2-03-1Cedaredge1-11-3Roaring Fork1-11-3Hotchkiss0-22-2Basalt0-20-4Coal Ridge0-20-4Friday, Sept. 28Gunnison at Coal Ridge, 7 p.m.Aspen at Roaring Fork, 7 p.m.Cedaregde at Basalt, 7 p.m.Hotchkiss at Olahte, 7 p.m.Class 1A Western Slope LeagueLeagueOverallGrand Valley2-04-0West Grand2-03-1Hayden1-13-1Meeker1-12-2Paonia0-12-2Rangely0-12-2Soroco0-21-3Friday, Sept. 28West Grand at Grand valley, 7:30 p.m.Rangely at Meeker, 7 p.m.Soroco at Paonia, 7 p.m.Saturday, Sept. 29Hayden at Dolores, 1 p.m.
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