Seven Bear gridders named first-team All-Western Slope
Seven Rifle Bear football players captured first-team Class 3A All-Western Slope Conference honors recently, among them the conference’s Outstanding Back and Special Teams Player of the Year.
Bears senior quarterback Jason Enewold won the Outstanding Back award. Enewold finished the season with 961 yards passing and 13 touchdown passes. He accumulated 384 yards on the ground.
Junior Troy Weiss was the Special Teams Player of the Year and also led the team in rushing with 1,716 yards on the season.
Rifle also boasts the Coach of the Year in Darrel Gorham, who led the squad to a perfect 10-0 regular-season record before the Bears were upset by Fountain-Fort Carson in the first round of the playoffs.
Senior Anthony Alfini, the team’s second-leading tackler who also rushed for 369 yards on the offensive side of the ball, was another first-team selection, along with classmates Ryan Gilbert and Thad Porter.
Gorham will have two other all-conference players back next season in receivers Aaron Jewell and J.R. Childress.
Glenwood placed two seniors on the conference first team in lineman Mike Triebel and guard/linebacker Jeremy Ureche.
Ureche led the team in tackles with 36 and Triebel was a force on both sides of the line, finishing the season with 20 tackles.
Glenwood also had two honorable mention players in junior Mike Hoban and senior fullback/linebacker Chase Warner. Hoban spent time at both quarterback and running back on the offensive side of the ball and was a key member of the defensive backfield for the Demons. Warner was second on the team in tackles with 36.
Three Rifle seniors got the honorable mention nod in linemen Greg Gustad and Tony Allen, and linebacker Ross Hunter.
Palisade’s Travis Bounds was named the Conference’s Outstanding Lineman. Bounds was also Class 3A’s leading rusher and an essential cog to Palisade’s second-place state finish.
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