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G’day, mate: Moffat County’s Coltyn Terry raising funds to run for Down Under Sports

Moffat County High School’s Coltyn Terry has been no stranger to adapting to new terrain week after week during the fall cross country season, going from a lush golf course to a plain dirt path with ease.

But, his latest destination may just be the most unusual.

Terry was recently approached to compete for Australian high school program Down Under Sports, which offers American athletes the opportunity to engage in their favorite activity as part of a lengthy summer trip to the Southern Hemisphere.

The excursion will take place from June 29 to July 8, though the fundraising has already begun in order to finance it.

Those who compete with Down Under Sports must pay $4,700 altogether to participate and travel. Terry’s early goal is to raise $1,000 by the end of November, which will knock an additional $500 off the price tag as organizers see he’s serious by starting early.

The MCHS harrier first received a letter from Down Under expressing interest midway through the cross country season.

“They sent the letter straight to the school, so they came in during my math class and showed me all this,” he said. “I opened it up and thought, ‘this is pretty cool.'”

He added that his race times early in the fall, including September’s Liberty Bell Invite, helped draw attention. He was also among the top five Bulldog boys runners at both the 3A Region Meet, where the squad took second, and at the 3A State Championships, as part of a 12th-place team finish.

Terry, who also has competed in wrestling and track at MCHS, is currently the only runner in the region who has committed, as well as one of only eight from within Colorado. About 300 distance runners from across the nation are expected to join the program, which also offers opportunities for basketball, football, volleyball, golf and other sports.

Immersing himself in another culture is part of what drew him to the program, as well as networking with other runners.

“A lot of people have told me it’s about getting to know people while you’re down there as much as it is getting the chance to compete,” he said. “I’m a pretty social person, so I like to go out and talk with a lot of people.”

A few extra perks and tourist activities will also be part of his itinerary provided he raises enough money. He hopes to be able to pay for a skydiving session as well as possibly meeting some uniquely Aussie animals.

“You get to take a picture with a koala, and I’m wondering if I could try and bring one back and convince people it’s stuffed,” he laughed.

Terry is approaching businesses and individuals to sponsor him through donations, and the page to do so is available at DownUnderSports.com/DTS-LLC.

“I am honored to be an ambassador of not only my community and state, but also our country,” Terry wrote in a letter for potential sponsors.

Donations specifying the recipient can also be mailed to the program’s North American office:

Down Under Sports
PO Box 6010
North Logan, UT 84341

For more information, call 435-753-4732.

Cool running for 5K boys race at Sandrock Elementary school Sunday

CRAIG — It was cool running for the final 5K race for the Sandrock Elementary School boys running in Mr. G’s running club.

Their final race was held on the combined campus of Sandrock Elementary School and Craig Middle School. When the start was called at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, temperatures were hovering right around freezing, but that didn’t stop more than 20 boys from running.

Third-grade teacher Josiah Grubbs began Mr. G’s Running Club at the former East Elementary School as a way to teach boys valuable life lessons through running.

“I wanted to show the boys that they are capable of more than they might think,” he said. Grubbs believes grit, determination, and endurance are only a few of the life lessons the boys learn outside the classroom.

With support from Sandrock Principal Kamisha Siminoe, when Grubbs moved schools, the club moved with him. From the beginning of the school year until now, the boys have met in two groups — a group of third-graders and a second set of fourth- and fifth-graders — to run four times per week.

They started slow and built up their endurance until they were able to run 5 kilometers. The culmination of their efforts, the final race, was less a competition and more a test of individual endurance.

“The boys learn that they have to work for their dreams,” Grubbs said.

Mr. G’s club will resume in late spring, when warmer temperatures return to Craig.

Contact Sasha Nelson at 970-875-1794 or snelson@CraigDailyPress.com.

Senior salute: Moffat County match vs. Soroco an emotional final home game

For the majority of the members of the Moffat County High School volleyball program, Monday was just like any other game, but for the eldest athletes the evening was the final time as a group on their home court.

A 3-0 loss to Soroco stung a little more than usual during Senior Night as the Bulldogs celebrated their five upperclassmen — Terry Gillett, Tiffany Hildebrandt, Bailey Lawton, Ebawnee Smercina and Jaidyn Steele.

A pre-game ceremony included bouquets — made of both candy and flowers — and photos with parents as senior players commemorated the culmination of the past four years, during which they’ve seen three different head coaches amid wins and losses.

Though current head coach Jessica Profumo has only overseen the varsity team since this summer, she said she’ll be sad to see her seniors go.

“They’re all so different, and I love how some of them are a little more sassy or quiet or funny than others,” she said. “They all have really good hearts.”

Those hearts were pounding in a frenetic first set that was a slow start for the Lady Dogs despite hard hitting by Hildebrandt, Steele, Lawton and Jenna Timmer, with nearly half Moffat County’s 24 kills for the night coming early. A few too many service errors helped give it to the Rams 25-21.

Soroco gained five fast points to start Set 2, and powerhouse moves by Makinley Parker and Tyla Johnson helped string along the lead quicker still, interrupted momentarily by Smercina gaining a kill on the fake-out set at the net to gain cheers from the crowd.

The Rams were already at 24-12 by the time Bulldogs started to mount a comeback, but that came to a close at 25-15.

The third round saw no lack off effort from the Dogs, but aside from a brief lead to begin it and tying it up at 10, 12, 14, they were repeatedly playing catch-up. Monster spikes by Soroco’s Sophia Benjamin didn’t help either, and the Rams picked up another 25-21 win to make their season record 9-10.

Profumo noted the Rams’ “tough, deep serves” that gained them more points than she would have liked to give up.

“I do think we did better tonight with those than we have in the past,” she said. “They can even know it’s coming deep, but it’s still a point of moving back and being in the right posture and being able to control it. They all worked together, and that’s all I can ask for.”

On Saturday, MCHS girls traveled to Parachute, falling 3-0 to Grand Valley in close games with the Cardinals: 25-22, 25-22 and 25-19.

“Energy-wise we did better tonight, just being at home, but it did distract some tonight with the seniors,” Profumo said. “They’re already sad about it being the last one before it’s even over, so that can be tough emotionally to manage.”

The slide in the second act was what players said ultimately affected the rest of the match.

“Our energy was up in the first game, but once we started losing it was tough to get it back,” Stephenie Swindler said.

Swindler, an MCHS junior, added that the excitement of Senior Night was present for all the girls.

“They all have such unique personalities that I’m going to miss about each and every one of them. They make us all laugh, and they have good attitudes,” she said.

Among the younger players to start moving up is freshman Abbe Adams, who suited up both Saturday and Monday, getting playing time on varsity against the Cardinals. Though she didn’t get a chance to rotate in for the top-tier against Soroco, she and teammates won handily against the Rams’ JV squad, 25-15 and 25-13.

“I’m really excited to get to work with the older girls. It’s a great experience,” Adams said.

MCHS girls — 5-13 overall, 2-7 in 3A Western Slope League — meet a different set of Rams this weekend with a road rematch against Roaring Fork, concluding the schedule Oct. 27 in Aspen.

Huge plays abound as Moffat County football snaps cold streak with win over Coal Ridge

NEW CASTLE — As far as laundry goes, it’s a minor blessing that Moffat County High School football will be at home for the next couple weeks, because Bulldogs’ away jerseys won’t be fully clean for some time after their latest bout.

But, dirty uniforms aside, Craig players had cause to celebrate.

After four straight losses, MCHS earned a hard-fought victory Friday, ending the evening 21-14 on the road against Coal Ridge.

Playing clean… more or less

After a rainy loss in Aspen the week before, the Bulldogs’ visit to the Titans’  had clear skies but even soggier conditions than when they met the Skiers with a soaked, muddy field that took no time leaving a mark on the white apparel.

The Dogs took little notice, however, as most of their attention was off the ground while on offense. with Colby Beaver getting his arm in gear late in the first quarter in MoCo territory as a 33-yard pass to Cale Scranton got things rolling, and successive throws went to Victor Silva and Josh Teeter for another combined 33 yards.

Beaver dove into the end zone from a yard out for the game’s first score, an unsuccessful extra point giving Coal Ridge an energy boost that showed with a spirited kick return that could have gone all the way had Bulldog kicker Joahan Quezada not been in to assist with the stop.

Titans wouldn’t score until early in the second quarter as fullback Damian Spell slammed through the Moffat defense for a 1-yard dive, but Coal Ridge was back in the red zone late in the half as they switched up their usual rush strategy, with Oscar Salazar lofting a three-yard pass to Kaleb Mercado to gain the lead 14-6.

With only 21 seconds until halftime, the Bulldog drive had a head start as a Titan onside kick attempt flopped, and a 30-yard pass from Beaver to Dario Alexander got visiting fans on their feet as the Moffat receiver got out of bounds with one second remaining.

“I knew I really had to step up and play football,” Alexander said.

Beaver found the same target again in the middle of the field, but despite fighting every step of the way in a 28-yard catch, Alexander couldn’t quite get to the end zone, downed by Coal Ridge at the 3 as the half ended.

Still, the back-to-back receptions were by no mean Alexander’s biggest moments.

Second half surprises

A completely scoreless, penalty-filled third quarter ended with Coal Ridge in scoring position once again at the Bulldog 18, but the Titan tactic of handoffs to Spell and Adrian Garcia — and the occasional keeper by Salazar — stopped finding success as the Dogs’ D-Line became a force field.

At fourth and long, Coal Ridge took a gamble with a 32-yard field goal attempt that didn’t split the uprights, expecting that even with the miss, MCHS would be pushed too far back.

But, the Titans couldn’t have anticipated what happened next.

Beaver took the snap and threw what looked like a screen pass directly to his left to Cale Scranton. Rather than running, Scranton shocked the Titan sideline by sailing a second pass on the play to Alexander, who took the pigskin all the way home on the 78-yard catch.

“That double pass was all Coach (Kip) Hafey’s idea. He loves the gadget plays,” said MCHS head coach Jamie Nelson. “We knew with Cale playing quarterback off and on, he knew how to throw.”

Beaver muscled his way through a frazzled Coal Ridge defense to claim the two-point conversion, and just like that, the game was even.

The Dogs looked like they’d score again immediately as an onside kick was recovered by Kevin Hernandez, though the Titans shut down their move downfield, including hurrying Beaver into a high incomplete pass to Scranton on fourth down.

That was all MoCo men needed as motivation to make a statement, refusing any and all Coal Ridge attempts to cross the 50, forcing a Titan punt.

Starting from their own 31, the Bulldogs stuck to the ground route, as Hernandez, who only had one rushing yard to his name at that point, grabbed the ball from a handoff by Beaver and didn’t look back — unless you count the multiple spins that were part of his speedy, serpentine path to a 52-yard gain.

“That was a lot of good blocks,” Hernandez said. “Everyone was really working together tonight.”

Once where they wanted to be, it was a reverse to Silva that gained the additional 18 yards for MoCo and their third touchdown, capped off by the PAT from Quezada.

With about four minutes remaining, Titans still had the opportunity to gain their second win of the season, which would have also been their first victory against MCHS since the Bulldogs joined the 2A Western Slope League.

But, the Coal Ridge crew had too much working against them as Karson Dubois took over at quarterback for Salazar, who was nursing a shoulder injury, and the Dogs went into attack mode.

The Titan drive went as far as the MoCo 32, but a fourth down sack by Hernandez gave the Dogs the ball with a few seconds left as Beaver took a knee to send the team to the sideline to sing the school song with heavy mud stains badges of honor.

Nelson noted it’s the team parents who can clean such a mess who will be the real MVPs.

Strong stats

Despite going backward more than forward on rush attempts with a total -5 yards, Beaver threw 156 altogether, 13 for 25 in accuracy.

Between Cale Scranton’s TD pass and the two receptions off Beaver, Alexander had the best receiving game of his varsity career with 136 yards.

With more than 70 tackles across the roster for the night, Teeter led with 15 total including 10 solo. Cale Scranton followed with 10, Hernandez had nine and Angel Rodriguez eight.

The Dogs’ four sacks were shared by Teeter, Hernandez, Logan Knez, Jared Baker and Corey Scranton.

While Coal Ridge languishes at the bottom of the conference rankings, Bulldogs improve to 3-4 on the season, the game also making them the highest-scoring 2A WSL team of the week. Just down the road from the MoCo win, Rifle took its first loss of the year in a 20-19 upset by Aspen, which leaves 7-0 Basalt alone with the league lead after a 13-0 defeat of Delta the same night.

Moffat County athletes will face the Delta Panthers Oct. 19 and the Rifle Bears Oct. 26 to round out the regular schedule, both at home.

The win against the Titans was narrower than Nelson would have liked, but it was nonetheless an important one after the 51-7 drubbing by Aspen.

“Rough is an understatement,” he said of the Oct. 5 loss. “The big thing here was the kids stayed excited and stayed engaged and kept playing for four quarters. That’s the one thing we’ve missed the last few weeks. This is going to be great momentum going into Delta.”

Moffat County soccer shuts out Cardinals in Bulldog scoring spree

With gray clouds looming for most of Thursday afternoon, the rain finally came in the final five minutes of Moffat County High School soccer’s latest game. And, for the Bulldogs the small burst of precipitation was purely refreshing after a match well played.

MCHS players earned their first home win and first shutout with a 5-0 victory in a rematch against the Grand Valley Cardinals.

With a 6-3 loss to the Cards back in September, Bulldogs were a whole different team this time around, with a bigger bench compared to the minimal Grand Valley roster, as well as a win under their belts the prior weekend — 4-3 last Saturday against Colorado Rocky Mountain School — and an altogether sunnier outlook.

Coach Nathalie Boelen said Bulldog athletes have continually shed negativity as the season has progressed.

“Our older players are working with younger players, making them work, doing what they’re supposed to,” she said. “It’s a totally different game now. We’re cheering each other on versus yelling when we do something wrong.”

Vlajko Pavlovic kicked off the scoring spree about 20 minutes into the game with a high shot that slipped past Cardinal keeper Marco Rojas. Shortly after, a cross from Axeel Mendoza to Hector Luna Meza went in the net, only for refs to deem it offsides.

Still, another Bulldog goal came quickly as a Josh Pando corner kick went straight to Mendoza for a header right into the box.

The 2-0 lead at halftime emboldened the Dogs, whose were already dominating offensively and kept it up from there.

Just past the five-minute mark in the second half, Pavlovic launched another shot that resulted in a score, while 10 minutes later, Pando provided a high arc that amounted to an unassisted fourth goal.

A showcase in teamwork was the sequence for the fifth, as Mendoza dropped the ball to Pando, who zipped it to Luna Meza, who crashed the goal to knock it in and keep the energy going.

From there, starting goalie Miguel Zaragoza swapped spots with Sabastian Hershiser to come out on the field.

“I told Miguel if we got it to 5-0, I’d put him up front, and our seniors said, ‘we’ll score a couple more so you can go out there,'” Boelen said.

Zaragoza and Hershiser combined for six saves, with the Bulldog defense keeping the Cards’ shooting limited. Boelen pointed to Erik Payan’s work as a fullback as a big factor.

“He played most of the game today and kind of fell into the defensive position when we played Grand Valley the first time,” she said. “He was a striker before and he said, ‘that’s all I’ve ever played,’ and I told him, ‘you’re a fullback because you do a phenomenal job at it.'”

MCHS had 34 shots, many of which were inches away from really running up the score.

The win followed a 7-0 road loss Tuesday against Coal Ridge, which seniors Pando and Mendoza attributed to a far stronger opponent in the Titans. But, defeat came with a silver lining.

“We were playing good, but they’re tough, and we learned from that,” Pando said. “I think if we keep coming out like this, we’ve got it.”

Bulldogs, 2-9 overall, travel this weekend to Vail Mountain, leading up to their three final games, all at home. Oct. 16 is the program’s Pink Game for Breast Cancer Awareness Month as the Dogs host Roaring Fork. Oct. 18 is a rematch with CRMS, which will serve as Senior Night, followed Oct. 19 by a rescheduled game against Delta.

“We really want community members to come out for those and show support,” Boelen said.

Craig Middle School cheer team lifts spirits with service project

Between sporting seasons at Craig Middle School, the Bulldog spirit squad has found other ways to contribute to the campus.

CMS cheerleaders put down their pom-poms Wednesday and picked up yard equipment as part of a service project to clean up the school’s landscaping.

The group pulled weeds, trimmed shrubs and raked up refuse to help beautify the space.

Coach Jordan Anderson said with fall sports concluded at the middle school level, she and her athletes hoped to find a different way to make the school proud.

“I feel like cheerleaders are often the most visible representatives of a school so it's important we diversify our representation; in cheering, in school spirit to all sports and in service,” she said.

Broncos, Hayden take titles for Craig Parks and Rec’s Doak Walker football leagues

There must just be something about the color orange…

Craig Parks and Recreation’s top teams experienced Wednesday night lights the past two weeks as the Doak Walker tackle football program determined the champions for the season on the turf of the Bulldog Proving Grounds at Moffat County High School.

Bronco stampede

Squaring off for the title this week in the fifth- and sixth-grade division were the Big O Tires Broncos and the Flint Personnel Services Saints, boasting records of 3-1 and 4-0 heading into the final game.

The Saints were the only team to have handed the Broncos a loss this year, and the orange and blue bunch immediately made a statement against their undefeated opponent on the Saints’ first play with a strip sack by Colt Call. The Broncos recovered and quickly scored to set the tone, to which the Saints responded with a huge run by Osbaldo Quintana for more than half the field and a touchdown to tie it at 6-6.

The Bronco defense contained the Saints for most of the night, leading 12-6 at halftime, and quarterback Hayden Urroz and running backs Call and Eric Warrior kept the offense going.

Still, the Saints kept closing the gap on the scoreboard, and were able to retain the ball for a late drive thanks to a Doak Walker specialty rule.

The youth organization no longer allows kickoffs, but after scoring, teams can attempt the equivalent of an onside kick with one down from deep in their own territory, earning possession and a first down if they gain 15 yards.

The gambit paid off with another big sweep by Quintana, who kept pushing downfield until the clock ran out with the Broncos ahead 24-19.

“I’m super proud of those guys that they didn’t give up, even in the last one-and-a-half minutes,” said Saints coach Mark Carlson.

Likewise, Bronco coach Neil Call said his athletes were focused on flipping the score from the last time the two teams met, falling 36-6 to the Saints.

“We just had some experience this time, worked in practice and were able to execute plays better tonight,” he said. “Our defense just dominated.”

A third-place game for fifth- and sixth-graders preceded the championship, with the Hayden Tigers rallying to come back late in the match to defeat the Boy-Ko Dolphins 20-12.

Tiger time

The younger Hayden group had an even better time in the playoffs a week earlier.

Throughout the season, the visiting team consistently put Craig opponents through their paces, with their lowest scoring effort 32 points and their biggest 44.

The same energy and then some carried the Tigers to a 5-0 record with a 37-0 win over the Masterworks Mechanical Chiefs during their Sept. 26 face-off for Doak Walker’s third- and fourth-grade league crown.

The shutout was the second one of the year for the squad and an indicator of how well players have clicked, said coach Nate Campbell.

“They’ve just come together as a team, built that camaraderie,” he said. “We started off really slow this year in practices, but everybody did their jobs. We knew we just had to go out there and be aggressive, and we did it, got it done.”

Mandatory chronic wasting disease testing to be conducted

DENVER — Colorado Parks and Wildlife will conduct a mandatory chronic wasting disease testing during the 2018 hunting season, according to a news release from the agency.

This is an effort to continue collecting more information about the disease and how it affects deer herds. Voluntary and mandatory sampling is important for data collection on this disease, which impacts long-term health of deer herds, according to a CPW release.

Starting the this week, CPW will send out letters to Colorado rifle season buck hunters who have been selected for a mandatory chronic wasting disease testing. About 31 game management maps are included in the letter.

CPW is also notifying hunters of other changes related to the CWD samples and CWD-positive test results. The purpose of the changes is to make the CWD submission and testing program more efficient and cost effective.

The changes include the following.

• CPW will no longer refund license fees to hunters who harvested a CWD positive animal. This change brings CPW in line with other state’s CWD regulations and helps ensure the testing program will have funding moving forward.

• CPW will not offer replacement antlerless licenses for the same species as the one harvested.

• Hunters whose deer tested positive for CWD will receive a letter from CPW explaining what they currently know about the disease, disposal recommendations, and public health information. Online resources will be provided for additional information. Hunters with a positive CWD-positive animal will be notified by phone and email.

• CPW will still reimburse costs incurred from processing a CWD-positive animal. The standard rate is up to $100 for animals non-commercially processed and up to $200 for deer and elk that are commercially processed. The maximum reimbursement for commercial processing moose is $250.

More information about CWD and this year’s mandatory sample will be available on the Colorado Parks and Wildlife website at cpw.state.co.us/cwd.

Moffat County football leads league defensive numbers heading into conference play

Competition is heating up within the 2A Western Slope League, as Moffat County High School and fellow conference teams embark on the stage of the season that will determine if they will have a spot reserved during the state playoffs in November.

Here’s a look at how WSL teams stack up following their first month of play and how those statistics — provided by MaxPreps — demonstrate the strengths they’ll have going forward.

Moffat County — 2-2; 25th in RPI rankings

149.8 average rushing yards (Kevin Hernandez, 335)

129.3 passing yards (Colby Beaver, 517 passing; Victor Silva, 181 receiving)

With a split schedule to start the year, the Bulldogs started with a 40-7 home win over Summit and most recently took a 49-20 road loss to Pagosa Springs. MCHS has put up respectable numbers, with quarterback Colby Beaver ranked second in the league for throwing yardage, Kevin Hernandez fourth on the ground, and Victor Silva fifth in receptions.

Moffat County started the season at No. 13 on the Ratings Percentage Index, since falling to 25th, which they plan to alter in the coming weeks.

The Dogs’ biggest asset is the defensive statistics that far exceed every other Western Slope team, with 77 tackles per game on average. Josh Teeter’s 47 count puts him at the top of the conference, while 16.5 sacks keep them elevated as well, with Logan Knez and Jared Baker tied to lead the league with three QB bring-downs.

Basalt — 4-0; 3rd in RPI

217 average rushing yards (Jake Reardon, 480)

111.5 average passing yards (Trevor Reuss, 446 passing; Jackson Rapaport, 219 receiving)

The Longhorns visit Craig this Saturday to provide Moffat County with a challenging start to the league. Basalt has claimed the conference crown the past two years and have remained one of the biggest threats in the state, previously ranked as the top 2A team.

Running back Jake Reardon has the second-most yards in the WSL, and QB Trevor Reuss and receiver Jackson Rapaport each rank fourth in passing and catching, respectively. While not a standout in any single category, the Longhorns have shown great capability in balancing a powerhouse offense and determined defense, reflected in their scoring totals, allowing only six points to date.

Of their four games thus far, three have been shutouts, a 16-0 win against Paonia their closest yet.

Aspen — 3-1; 14th in RPI

147.8 average rushing yards (Trey Fabrocini, 287)

257.3 average passing yards (Tyler Ward, 1,044 passing; Max Ufkes, 430 receiving)

The Skiers were right on the heels of rival Basalt last season with an entry into the playoffs, and their numbers are just as impressive this year. Tyler Ward has already surpassed four digits of passing yardage with three receivers who have more than 100 yards — Max Ufkes and Noah Hollander the top two of the WSL — in a schedule that has been all about the air attack.

So far, only defending state champions Bayfield have handed Aspen a defeat, but the Skiers’ last two games have been wins of 30+ points, making them an undeniable threat as they travel to Delta this week for their first league game, hosting the Bulldogs Oct. 5.

Coal Ridge — 1-3; 32nd in RPI

181.8 average rushing yards (Jan Hernandez, 250)

56.5 average passing yards (Karsen Dubois, 163 passing; Adrian Garcia, 102 receiving)

The Titans come into the year as the conference team with the longest playoff drought, their last winning season in 2010. The start to 2018 has not been favorable either for the bottom team of the 2A WSL, apart from a 45-7 rout of Hotchkiss. However, they began the year taking Meeker into overtime to prove their toughness.

Statistically, Coal Ridge has struggled with passing, yet the Titan rushers have had success getting moving, with Jan Hernandez ranked seventh in the league.

When the New Castle team brings in Moffat County Oct. 12, they’ll seek to avenge a narrow loss last year to the Dogs that could have given the Titans a 5-4 record for the first time for the better part of a decade.

Delta — 3-1; 9th in RPI

129.3 average rushing yards (Cody Sauve, 269)

146.8 average passing yards (Nolan Bynum, 420 passing; Skyler Kraai, 222 receiving)

After a dominating start to 2A ball in 2016 that saw them in the state semifinals, the Panthers cooled down last season only to look like they might be heating up again with win margins as big as 42 points for their opener and as small as one in a 7-6 squeaker last week against Bennett.

Delta has steady numbers offensively, with QB’s Nolan Bynum and Gauge Lockhart combining for nearly 600 throwing yards, as well as top catcher Skyler Kraai. Bynum and Kraai each rank third in the conference for throwing and receiving yardage.

With 254 total tackles, the team — which comes to Craig Oct. 19 — clearly isn’t afraid of contact, and Caleb Miramontes is right behind Bulldog Josh Teeter on the leaderboard at 39.

Rifle — 4-0; 6th in RPI

379.5 average rushing yards (Tanner Vines, 777)

56.5 average passing yards (Holden Stutsman, 229 passing; Levi Warfel, 117 receiving)

With the Bears now in 2A for the first time, all WSL schools will be seeking to slow down the freight train that is running back Tanner Vines, leaving all other rushers in the dust in conference rankings. The former 3A team has only thrown the ball 19 times this season, knowing that they have the legs to make it happen on the turf with 160 points across their first four games.

In addition to MCHS’s Logan Knez and Jared Baker, Ethan Mackley is the only other player in the 2A Western Slope to gain three sacks in the season, and the Bears’ 226 total tackles are nothing to take lightly.

Rifle starts the WSL portion of the year against Coal Ridge this week, but the Bears won’t meet Moffat County until Oct. 26 to cap off the regular season as all teams hope to make it to the next round.

Experienced bikers and hikers needed for Yampa Valley Trail mapping

CRAIG –Experienced bikers and hikers are wanted to help map out the Yampa Valley Trail on Saturday, Oct 6.

Anyone interested in helping map the trail should meet at the City Market parking lot at 8 a.m. according to Dinosaur 100 trail race organizer Mike Mathisen. Groups will be assigned sections of the trail to cover. The goal is to cover 100 miles of the trail and the information collected will be given to the Bureau of Land Management to create a new map.

The trail stretches across Northwest Colorado from Dinosaur National Monument in western Moffat County.

“This day is not for inexperienced hikers or bikers,” Mathisen said. “It will be a day of searching for way points and then riding or hiking to next way point.  The trail is not in great shape, so an inexperienced person will not have fun on it. It is a  day to ’embrace the suck’ of building and endurance race course.”

Food, drinks and supplies will be provided.

For more information, contact Mathisen at fun@dinosaur100.com