Road trip puts Rifle into playoffs
A cross-state road trip to Cortez cleared the minds and sharpened the focus of a Rifle High football team in desperate need of a win.By Phil SandovalPost Independent StaffA cross-state road trip to Cortez cleared the minds and sharpened the focus of a Rifle High football team in desperate need of a win.”You bet the road trip helped,” said Bears head coach Darryl Gorham, of the 33-0 pasting Rifle put on Montezuma-Cortez Friday.”I thought it was good because it got the team together and got them focusing on football. It put us on the right track.”Which was bad for the upset-minded Panthers, who watched Rifle clinch the fourth and final Class 3A state playoff berth available in the 4A Western Slope Conference.Rifle (6-3 overall, 4-3 WSC) posted its second shutout win of the season.”I thought our defense played well,” the coach said. “Cortez never posed a threat to us the entire game.”Offensively, Rifle was just as seamless.”We came in not looking for a blowout, but the offense controlled the ball real well,” said Gorham.The victory also gives the Bears a comfort zone leading into Friday’s regular-season finale at home against Battle Mountain.”The kids are focusing in on a game-to-game basis and making it a team effort,” he said. “It makes a difference. The kids are coming together as a team at the right time just before the playoffs.””The kids are focusing in on a game-to-game basis and making it a team effort,” he said. “It makes a difference. The kids are coming together as a team at the right time just before the playoffs.”
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