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A game of inches

By Matt Meyer

The Palisade High School football team’s Zero Week game came down to inches on several occasions. With 8:44 to go Friday night at Stocker Stadium, the Bulldogs led 8-6, and were defending Central’s penalty-lengthened two-point ...


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Paonia hopes Escher can lead them back to top of 1A football

By Matt Meyer

Paonia found a formula that worked when it won its two most recent state championships in 2013 and 2014. The Eagles combined talented football players with a young head coach — Brent McRae — and experienced assistants. Now, with ...


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The game of football — what it means to coaches

By Staff

High school football can have an everlasting impact on those who cinched up cleats and buckled a chin strip. To many, football is the ultimate team game, where a single missed assignment can result in complete failure. For most coaches, the ...


Area high school football schedules

By Staff

High School Central Date Opponent Time Aug. 25 Palisade 7 p.m. Sept. 1 Grand Junction 8 p.m. Sept. 9 Gateway 1 p.m. Sept. 21 Fruita Monument 7 p.m. Sept. 29 at Montrose 7 p.m. Oct. 7 at Pueblo South 1 p.m. Oct. 13 Cheyenne Mountain 7 ...


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Western Slope Conference loaded with talent

By Matt Meyer

Four teams from the Class 1A Western Slope Conference made the state playoffs last season and another team narrowly missed the cut. Meeker, Paonia and Cedaredge added yet another season to their perennial playoff presence, and a young Grand ...


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WILDCATS READY TO ROLL

By Matt Meyer

Size? The Fruita Monument High School football team has that in spades. One of Class 4A’s leading rushers? The Wildcats have Braeden Graham back for his senior year. An experienced quarterback? Fruita has that, too. Several talented ...


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WARRIORS’ DEFENSE ALL GROWN UP

By Matt Meyer

In recent years, the Central High School football team has built its image around a quick-fire spread offense. It produced several college players, including receiver Darrion Alton, who is now at Southern Utah University. Although the offense ...


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BULLDOGS BUILDING ON THE LEGACY

By Jon Mitchell

Losing several impact players to graduation doesn’t worry the players on Palisade High School’s football team. “I really don’t think it’s a concern. More like a new beginning,” senior running back and ...


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JUNCTION READY TO TURN THE PAGE

By Jon Mitchell

The 2016 season was a tough one for Grand Junction High School’s football team. The Tigers were adjusting to a new coach and system. They weren’t having a lot of success on the field. They dealt with on-the-field losses and the ...


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Running the football never gets old for Bears

By Jon Mitchell

Damon Wells isn’t about to make any kind of prediction for the upcoming season for Rifle High School’s football team. “No clue at all. Honestly, I just hope we can compete against Basalt,” Wells said in reference to ...


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