Three Bears to play college ball |

Three Bears to play college ball

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RIFLE, Colo. They’re not done yet.After remarkable prep careers at Rifle High School, three Bears will be continuing their football days next season at the collegiate level.Cody Boe and Nick Alderson, two seniors in 2006-07, have agreed to play next year at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, Calif. OCC is a community College in southern California.

Caleb Powell has accepted a football scholarship and will suit up for Mesa State College in Grand Junction, a NCAA Division II team that plays in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.Boe, a tight end and defensive end, was not only a valuable part of Rifle’s offense in his time with the Bears, but also a staple on defense. His strong tackling, sacking and fumble-forcing abilities earned him a Denver Post Class 3A all-state selection.One of Boe’s best performances of the season came in the first round of the playoffs against Elizabeth, which was held to two complete passes in the second half of Rifle’s 35-10 win, mostly because Boe was all over Elizabeth quarterback Ethan McKinney.Boe, along with Powell, was a member of the Western Slope All Conference team.

Alderson, a defensive back and fullback, who not only carried the ball but caught it as well, gave the Bears a powerful offensive punch all year. Taking carries to take the load off Tyler Thompson and Colby McFarlin, Alderson gained a lot of ground for the Bears.But his most memorable play, and one of the most amazing plays in Rifle history, was as a receiver in Rifle’s 34-26 loss to Alamosa in the second round of the playoffs.The Bears were down 34-19 with two minutes to go, when Alderson reeled in a 10-yard pass from Derek Fruetel. Once he had the ball, he quickly turned up the field, juked defenders and peddled to the end zone in a 79-yard touchdown play.

It was a good start to a comeback where Rifle fell a little short, but will be remembered for a long time.A running back and linebacker, Powell played his first and final year for Rifle in his senior season after transferring from Texas. The Jamal Lewis style runner, who grinds out yards by busting through tackles and carrying guys, was a perfect match with speedy runners like Thompson, McFarlin and Alderson. Powell’s best game on the ground came in Rifle’s 21-7 loss to Class 4A Grand Junction. Powell totaled 103 yards on 15 carries for an average of almost seven yards per carry.Powell was also solid on defense, delivering numerous tackles and forcing fumbles.

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