Roaring Fork keeps on rolling
Assistant Sports Editor
RIFLE ” Thirteen touchdowns and 86 points in one Rifle football game.
Impossible? Not anymore.
Class 2A Roaring Fork traveled down from Carbondale and rang up 54 points against what has been, traditionally, one of the state’s stingiest defenses in Class 3A Rifle. The Rams went on to a 54-34 nonconference shootout victory to remain undefeated on the 2005 season.
“I was very, very pleased with our performance,” said Rams head coach Matt Hauptly of the team’s offensive mastery.
“Up to now (Rifle) hadn’t allowed a lot of points. Palisade only scored 20 on them, and they are the No. 2 ranked team in 3A,” Hauptly continued. “For us to have this kind of offensive explosion, I was truly stunned. I never, ever expected to put that amount of points up.”
And the Rams (7-0), as usual, created those points by making big plays.
Jake Bowman, who had three scores, had big gains of 58 yards for the game’s first touchdown, and a 90-yard kickoff return in the second quarter to gave Roaring Fork the lead for good.
A play before, Bryce Enewold, Rifle’s multi-purpose offensive threat, gave Rifle its only lead of the night on a 14-yard touchdown run and successful extra point.
“I was very much concerned at the time,” Hauptly said of Rifle taking the lead. “But, looking back, I’m almost glad we were down, because we hadn’t been down (to an opponent) all year.
“To have that experience, and how much (the team) dislikes losing ” I think was good. It will service us well because we may well find ourselves in that spot in the playoffs and come back from it.”
After both teams exchanged scores later in the period, Roaring Fork opened a 26-14 lead before halftime when Tyler Hunt pulled in Kade Gianinetti’s play-action pass for a 6-yard score with 1:23 left in the first half.
The Bears never threatened Roaring Fork’s lead after Hunt’s TD. But the Rams’ 12 point advantage at intermission failed to dampen both teams’ offensive fireworks.
Before time expired, the two clubs combined for 40 more points on the scoreboard.
Three touchdowns were long-gainers of 50 yards or more. Rifle’s Tyler Thompson had the game’s longest run from scrimmage when he scored on a 60-yard dash midway in the third quarter.
The Bears also had the game’s longest pass play ” a 58-yard Tyler Gose to Andrew Schmidt TD pass ” in the fourth quarter. Jake Kinney had the game’s third kickoff return when he returned a Rifle squib kick attempt back with three minutes left.
Both teams resume conference play next week. Rifle has a key contest in Craig against Moffat County with the last playoff spot possibly on the line. Roaring Fork hosts Cedaredge.
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