Rush to glory
As if a state title wasn’t enough, accolades for the Rifle High School football team keep rolling in.Bears running back Rocky Rauman heads the list after being named Colorado’s Class 3A player of the year by the Denver Post last week.”I was pretty surprised, pretty excited,” Rauman said. “It just kind of tops it off and makes it that much better.”Rauman, who will be included in the Denver Post’s Best of the Best edition on Dec. 26, finished the season with more than 1,800 yards rushing to help the Bears to their first state football title in 31 years.The senior has plenty of company when it comes to state honors.RockyPreps named Rifle head coach Darrel Gorham the Class 3A coach of the year, and Bears seniors Jeff Zimmerman and John Alderson both earned first-team honors.Zimmerman was a key cog in Rifle’s offense and earned the spot as an offensive lineman. Alderson posted a 36-yard-per-punt average and was named first team at the position.Rauman, offensive lineman Andrew Stone and tight end Zach LaCount landed spots on the RockyPreps’ second-team offense.The Glenwood Springs football team didn’t win the state title this season, but the Demons did end a 14-year losing streak against the Bears with a win during the regular season and also made their first trip to the postseason in a decade.Two of the team’s captains, linebackers Jake Greer and Ryan Wyckoff, joined the Bears in earning postseason accolades. Greer, 3A’s fourth leading tackler through the regular season, joined Rifle defensive lineman Travis Jensen and defensive back Bryce Enewold on the RockyPreps 3A second-team defense. Rifle quarterback Kyle Sanderson and Wyckoff earned honorable mention.With the exception of Enewold, all the Glenwood and Rifle players were seniors.”A lot of us are planning on trying to play college football somewhere, and (the postseason honors) are helping us out,” Rauman said.”A lot of us are planning on trying to play college football somewhere, and (the postseason honors) are helping us out,” Rauman said.
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Fans, players and coaches on both sides of Stubler Memorial Field seemed to know it would come down just the way it did, regardless of who had the ball at the end.