Top-ranked Tigers hold steady in 5A football poll

Grand Junction enters rivalry week as a solid No. 1 in the Denver Post football media poll.

The Tigers (7-0, 2-0 Southwestern Conference), who have rushed for 2,732 yards and outscored their opponents 310-84 this season, play Fruita Monument at 7 p.m. Friday at Stocker Stadium in the biggest rivalry game of the season in the Grand Valley.

Jerreon Dennis has rushed for 1,212 yards on 111 carries and quarterback Sean Rubalcaba has 891 rushing yards and 682 passing yards this season.

The Tigers’ 49-21 victory over Montrose kept them atop the Class 5A rankings, but Columbine (6-1) picked up one of the Tigers’ first-place votes and jumped up one spot from No. 4 to No. 3, ahead of Mullen.

Grandview (6-1) is still No. 2 with three first-place votes and 134 points in the voting of statewide media members who cover high school sports. The Tigers received nine first-place votes and 148 points.

Montrose (6-1) dropped one spot to No. 7 in Class 4A after its first loss, with Valor Christian (7-0) a unanimous No. 1.

Palisade (6-1) climbed one spot to No. 7 in Class 3A after rebounding from its first loss of the season to rout Eagle Valley 42-7 last week. Cañon City (7-0) is No. 1, with Rifle (7-0) No. 5 and Battle Mountain (6-1) No. 8 in Class 3A.

Aspen (6-1) moved up one spot to No. 5 in Class 2A this week, with Olathe receiving five votes.

Hotchkiss (7-0) is still No. 2 in Class 1A behind Burlington, which received 10 of 12 first-place votes, and Norwood (6-1) is ranked fourth in Class A 8-man football.


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