No. 1 Rifle Preps for No. 2 Palisade
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.--No. 2 Palisade will travel to No. 1 Rifle Friday night in one of the biggest matchups of the season.
With the Bulldogs potentially moving up to Class 4A next season, it could be the last time these two face each other in the Western Slope League.
"We've had some great games," Rifle head coach Damon Wells said. "We've played overtime games against Palisade. We've played playoff games against Palisade. I just hope we can hang with those guys tomorrow."
Friday's meeting marks the second straight season the two have faced each other as the top two teams in Class 3A. In 2012, Rifle pulled away with a 31-3 victory.
"Never for a second did it feel like a lopsided contest," Wells said. "We have so much respect for those kids in that program, that no lead is safe."
With both teams coming in at 5-0, the winner will get an inside track to the No. 1 seed in the playoffs.