Roaring Fork vs. Gunnison game canceled |

Roaring Fork vs. Gunnison game canceled

Jeff Caspersen
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

CARBONDALE, Colorado ” Fans pouring into the bleachers at Carbondale Middle School’s gridiron, the site of Roaring Fork High School football contests, were treated to a game on Friday.

Just not the one they expected to see.

In the high schoolers’ place were Carbondale Three Rivers Youth Football players, happily scrimmaging on the big boys’ field as those expecting to see Gunnison and Roaring Fork square off waited to see if an officiating crew would show up. (The Three Rivers kids were supposed to scrimmage at halftime, so they took advantage of the free field a bit earlier than expected.)

No officiating crew ever surfaced, though, and the game was called roughly 30 minutes after its scheduled start time of 7 p.m.

Pending Colorado High School Activities Association approval, the game will be made up at 2 p.m. Sunday in Gunnison, possibly at Western State College.

“I’ve never had this happen in 30 years of coaching,” Roaring Fork head coach Greg Holley said. “It just blows me away. I feel terrible because I’m the (athletic director).”

Holley has no idea what happened. He does know Three Rivers Football Association receives a master schedule for area schools before the season begins and assignments are mapped out before play begins.

From there, it’s all on the officials association.

“I don’t know why the association didn’t assign officials,” Holley said. “I don’t know. Right now I feel bad.”

Gunnison coach Dennis Fraser was no less thrilled with the snafu, particularly after shuttling his squad more than 140 miles for a game that never happened.

“(Our players) were pumped,” he said. “They were ready to play Friday night football.”

Instead, Fraser’s Cowboys will be playing a little Sunday afternoon football.

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