Rifle Leads Powerful 3A Western Slope League into Postseason

High School Sports
RIFLE, Colo. — The 3A Western Slope League is so powerful, that the teams in the conference beat each other up throughout the season, leaving one team in the top half of the 3A playoff bracket — the Rifle Bears.

The Bears check in with the number six seed after going 9-1 in the regular season, capturing their fourth consecutive 3A WSL championship, which is an amazing feat considering how much parity the league holds.

However, the Bears aren’t patting themselves on the back right now, but are honing in on a tough matchup against pass-heavy Northridge in the first round this Saturday.

“I think we’re going to have to play well. They’re pretty talented. They have a considerable amount of athletes. Obviously, they are really well coached, so our kids are going to have to play well. That’s why we’re out here [practicing], and we’ll be prepared,” said Damon Wells, Rifle Bears head coach.

The Grizzlies are led by senior quarterback Brenden Fulton, who ranks fifth in the entire state with over 2,800 passing yards. And Fulton’s favorite target is fellow senior Jay Frye, who ranks third in the state with over 1,200 receiving yards.

The Bears, however, have quite a weapon of their own in senior running back/linebacker Brock Clark. Clark leads the Bears with 22 total touchdowns on the year.

“If we could just stay focused, locked in every play, and just have trust in each other, we feel like we could stop them,” said Clark.

The Bears and Grizzlies face off Saturday, November 8 at 1:00 p.m. at Rifle High School.

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