Wildcats, Tigers Meet at Stocker

The 1-0 Grand Junction Tigers host the No. 8 Fruita Monument Wildcats who are riding a good wave after a dominant win in week one.

These two teams meet on the gridiron Friday with a similar philosophy, control the clock and control the football. Fruita's run heavy offense may be be hard to stop, but it's all about stepping up at the right time for the Tigers.

"I think we'll step up," said quarterback Clay Payne.  "It'll be a good matchup. I think our guys will go out there and show them what we have."

"Just not give up," said defensive end Donovan Andrus. "Just keep going no matter what. If they do get a 10 yard run or a first down or a touchdown you just got to go out there and grind it out. If you don't give up, your teammates are going to see it. They'll be inspired by you."

The Fruita Monument Wildcats prepare for their third game of the season. The Cats have already run for more than 670 yards with all 12 of their touchdowns coming on the ground.  Since Head Coach Todd Casebier took over the reigns in Fruita in 2015, the Wildcats have had the Tigers' number in both matchups.

Wildcats QB Zach Rush missed five weeks after an injury in the game last year, and while this may be two Grand Valley teams squaring off, Rush said it's business at usual for the Wildcats.

"For this week, it is the most anticipated game because it's the game this week," said Rush.  "Last week, we were looking for Discovery [Canyon] and next week we'll be looking for our next game."

"Intensity's just the same every week," said center Casey Hudson.  "This is the most important game because it's this week. It's week by week, but yeah we have a fun time."

Kick-off is at 7 p.m. at Stocker Stadium.


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