Six area players earn all-state football honors |

Six area players earn all-state football honors

Phil Sandoval

Voters of the annual All-Colorado prep football teams have discovered the Western Slope, after years of ignoring the region.

Six area players – four from Rifle and two from Glenwood Springs high schools – were selected to the 2002 season All-Class 3A state teams.

Of the selectees, Rifle senior Ryan Gilbert was voted to the 3A first-team, all-state offensive line by both the Rocky Mountain News and Denver Post.

Gilbert was the only area prep football player to receive first-team honors from both Denver newspapers.

Running back Troy Weiss earned first-team honors from the Denver Post and was a second-team selection by the Rocky Mountain News.

The Bear junior finished the 2002 season among the leading rushers in the state, regardless of classification.

In the regular season, Weiss gained 1,627 yards in 10 games, averaging 7.1 yards per-carry and scored 23 touchdowns.

Weiss’s backfield teammate, Jason Enewold, was voted to the Rocky Mountain News’ All-3A first team as a defensive back.

At cornerback, Enewold had 18 unassisted tackles and recovered a fumble.

On the offensive side of the ball, he competed 52 percent of his passes, amassing 923 yards in 57 completions and threw for 11 touchdowns.

Anthony Alfini made the Denver Post’s 3A defensive first team at linebacker.

At that position, Alfini had 43 unassisted tackles and assisted on 21 more, leading the team in both categories. He also recorded a quarterback sack and had a fumble recovery.

Glenwood Springs seniors Mike Triebel and Jeremy Ureche earned honorable mention by the Rocky Mountain News.

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