Bears, ‘Dogs renew WSC rivalry tonight

The top two teams in Class 3A, both who claim to thrive off toughness, will meet at 7 p.m. tonight at Stocker Stadium.

Unfortunately for Rifle coach Damon Wells, they will not meet in the middle of nowhere.

“I’ve said half-joking it would be a dream come true if we played Palisade in the mountains somewhere,” Wells said. “Don’t need officials, don’t need lines on the field.”

No. 1 Rifle (5-0) and No. 2 Palisade (5-0) will meet in the teams’ first 3A Western Slope Conference game of the year.

Rifle defeated Palisade, 36-33, last season.

The matchup features Palisade’s defense, which has allowed 6.6 points per game, against Rifle running back Ryan Moeller, who has rushed for 1,207 yards and 20 touchdowns.

“As a coach you can only hope to slow him down a little bit,” Palisade coach John Arledge said of Moeller. “He’ll probably get 2,500, 3,000 yards this season, and that doesn’t happen very often anywhere, anytime. It’s fun to watch him run. I just don’t probably like it when he’s running against us.”

Mulvey gets coaching honor

Fruita Monument football coach Sean Mulvey was selected the Denver Broncos high school coach of the week after the Wildcats’ 20-14 win over then-No. 8 Grand Junction last Friday.

The award is in its 17th year and will have 10 honorees during the season. The NFL Youth Fund will present a $1,000 check to the Wildcats’ football program. With the nomination, Mulvey is in the running for coach of the year.

Fruita Monument (2-4, 1-0 Southwestern League) plays Central (0-5) at 7 p.m. Friday at Stocker Stadium.


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