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Talk about an eventful weekend

Casper's CornerJeff CaspersenGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Jeff Caspersen
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What a start to the high school football season.Local gridirons were packed on the first full weekend of play Friday and Saturday – with four of the five teams in our coverage area playing at home – and compelling storylines emerged left and right.We saw No. 3 Glenwood Springs take care of a highly ranked nonleague opponent, knocking off Conifer, ranked seventh by RockyPreps, by three touchdowns, 35-14. The Demons racked up more than 100 yards in penalties and saw its momentum lull slightly in the second half, and still won handily. If that’s not a sign of just how talented this team is, I don’t know what is.Imagine what they’ll be like once they work out the kinks – which, let me stress, are minimal by most teams’ standards.Get ready for a series of 40-0 romps (in Glenwood’s favor, of course), and circle Oct. 18 on your calendars. That’s when the Demons travel to face No. 2 Palisade in a Saturday, matinee affair.Glenwood closes the regular season with a trip to No. 4 Steamboat Springs on Halloween night, another circle-your-calendar date worthy of a road trip.Elsewhere this weekend, we saw Coal Ridge win its second varsity game, ever, opening the season 1-0 by beating a Hayden team that is solid in the 1A ranks, rated fifth in the classification. This was the same Tiger team that put up a 9-3 record and two playoff wins in 2007.Congratulations, Coal Ridge, on the 16-14 triumph. Those first few wins are always the toughest, and I predict a few more will come the Titans’ way as the season rolls on.Talk about a first football assignment for Anthony Dion, the Post Independent’s new sports reporter. He could have done much worse than witnessing the fourth-year school’s second varsity football win – in a down-to-the-wire thriller, no less.Up in Parachute, Grand Valley made a successful Class 2A debut by beating up on Denver Manual, a school whose football program was restored to varsity level only this season.The Cardinals won, 61-8, and Colton Cowan demonstrated why he’s one of the top backs in the state, rushing for 160 yards on four carries, each of which resulted in a touchdown.And that was just his halftime total. Grand Valley didn’t need its starters after that.I have a hunch the Cardinals will find their way into the 2A top 10 soon enough.Talk about a fine start to what promises to be a heck of a local football season. We should have plenty of fodder to keep the sports section lively.Now if only my 49ers can rally behind J.T. O’Sullivan and piece together a winning season, my life will be perfect.Contact Jeff Caspersen: 384-9123jcaspersen@postindependent.com


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