Weiss, Bears rumble past Class 4A Montrose 38-8
RIFLE – On Rifle’s first offensive series, Montrose’s defense stopped the state’s leading rusher, Troy Weiss, and the Bears’ offense from moving the football.
It was the only time the Indians would accomplish that feat.
After being stopped for no gain, Weiss and the Bears spent the rest of Friday night stuffing the ball down Montrose’s throats.
By the end of the 38-8 rout, the junior running back had set a new personal game-high for the fourth week in a row.
Weiss rushed for 244 yards on 25 carries with three touchdowns as Rifle, currently the No. 1 team in Class 3A, raised its unbeaten record to 4-0.
“We just didn’t come out strong enough,” Weiss said of the Bears’ problems in the first series. “After that we just pushed them around.”
In the first quarter, the Bear defense did most of the pushing.
J.R. Childress’ third-down sack on Montrose quarterback Miles Scheer reversed an Indian drive which had gotten to the Bear 9-yard line.
The loss forced the Indians into a missed field-goal attempt. The play sparked Rifle’s offense into action.
Weiss ripped off runs of 20 and 19 yards to get to midfield. Seven plays later quarterback Jason Enewold found a wide-open Aaron Jewell on the right sideline for the game’s first touchdown.
“We just came out playing hard. Our rushing picked up, and that’s all it took,” Enewold said of the offense’s momentum change.
With the offense in high gear, the only thing that could stop the Bears was themselves.
That happened in the second drive.
A dropped fourth-down pass after a Montrose punt stalled that march.
No problem. Rifle returned the favor on the next series, then raised its lead to 14-0.
Weiss scored the second of three touchdowns he would have in the game on a 2-yard burst just before halftime.
The Bears kept the ball on the ground for the entire 12-play, 83-yard scoring drive. Weiss had first-down runs of 13, 9, 21 and 17 yards before crossing the end zone.
Weiss said the reason for his big numbers this year is the offensive line.
“I think just about anybody can run for a 100 yards a game behind our line. They open up great holes for me every night.”
And the O-line of Tony Allen, Ryan Gilbert, Greg Gustad, Kye Hunter and Thomas Archuleta dominated the line of scrimmage the entire night.
They wore down Montrose’s front four by halftime, and their blocks sprang Weiss and Anthony Alfini for the game-sealing score early in the third quarter.
Weiss’ 44-yard run moved the Bears from their own 19 to Montrose’s 37. A play later Alfini advanced the ball to the Indian 1-yard line before being shoved out of bounds.
From there, Enewold called his own number, and wedged his way past the goal line for a 20-0 lead.
The only point of interest left after the TD was how many points Rifle would put up in the game’s remaining 18 minutes.
Weiss raised the score to 32-0 on TD runs of 25 and 7 yards before making an early exit in the fourth quarter.
And the Bear defense kept on chugging along.
They recorded their fifth QB sack midway into the fourth quarter, which the offense converted for its final touchdown 90 seconds later.
With the game in hand, Rifle Coach Darrel Gorham turned the ball over to his second-stringers and they didn’t miss a beat.
Aided by a Montrose personal foul penalty, junior Marcus Carrion found a hole in the Montrose line and zipped 47 yards for a 38-0 lead.
The Indians ruined the Bears’ shutout bid with a touchdown with 2:01 remaining on backup QB Taylor Elm’s 33-yard pass to Matt Hughes.
While the undefeated record Rifle’s amassed to this point is nice, starting next Friday, the games count.
The Bears open Western Slope Conference play on Friday against 3-1 Palisade on the road at Grand Junction’s Stocker Stadium. The Bulldogs ended their nonconference schedule with a 40-36 loss to Sterling on Friday.
Montrose 0 0 0 8-8
Rifle 7 7 12 12-38
R – Aaron Jewell 34 pass from Jason Enewold (Kyle Sanderson kick), 1:04
R – Troy Weiss 2 run (Sanderson kick), 1:54
R – Enewold 1 run (kick blocked), 7:24
R – Weiss 25 run (kick failed), 5:07
R – Weiss 7 run (kick failed), 10:07
R – Marcus Carrion 47 run (kick failed), 5:36
M – Matt Hughes 33 pass from Taylor Elm (Hughes pass from Elm), 2:01
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