Eaton’s Volleyball Team and Northridge Football Team Score Inspirational Wins – Greeley Tribune

State titles in women’s soccer and volleyball are obviously not awarded in early September.

But just because Eaton’s women’s volleyball team and Northridge football team remain months away from achieving their ultimate goals of being that last team standing, doesn’t mean victories this early in the season may not be entirely meaningful towards that ultimate goal.

It’s time to build momentum for the title contenders.

The Reds (6-1) picked up a huge victory while building momentum towards another possible run at the women’s volleyball title when they survived a five-set thriller against rival and contender Platte Valley on Thursday.

A day later, the Grizzlies football team did the same against their own rival, but in a very different type of game. Northridge improved to 3-0 and continued to show they were serious about earning Class 3A elite status with a systematic 63-8 dismantling of Greeley Central.

“I feel like we’re one of the best teams in the state,” Grizzlies senior quarterback Cooper Rose said after the big win. “Being able to keep that confidence and knowing that we can play at full capacity will stand us in good stead. We can’t take any team for granted. We always have to come out like that and approach every opponent with that fire.

The Eaton Reds react after scoring a point during the Platte Valley Broncos volleyball game against the Eaton Reds at Platte Valley High School in Kersey on September 8, 2022. The Reds beat the Broncos 3-2. (Alex McIntyre/staff photographer)

Eaton’s main setter, Rylee Martin, knows exactly what it takes to set up a state title run.

She helped lead the Reds to their 10th 3A state title in program history in 2021.

Martin is also experienced and knowledgeable enough to know of another state title contender when she sees one. That’s why the brave and determined win over Platte Valley on Thursday was so precious, even though it came in the still-nascent weeks of the season.

“Platte Valley has always been a great team,” Martin said. “We respect them so much, their coaching staff, their players. I play with a few of them in club season. We always want to put our hearts on the floor when we play them. We knew it was one of the toughest teams to face in the conference. We’re so lucky to have them in the Patriot League because it sets us up for the state.

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It would be hard to imagine anyone in the region, if not the state, having a more impressive showing in their respective sport than what Windsor senior running back Jaden Thomas had in the Wizards’ 27-21 win over Fort Collins. . Thursday in Windsor.

Thomas rushed for 371 yards and four touchdowns on 25 carries. He had a long rush of 45 yards and averaged 14.8 yards per carry.

Oh, yeah… he also caught two passes for 18 yards.

Windsor's Jaden Thomas fights for extra yardage while playing Bear Creek in Windsor on September 24, 2021.
Windsor’s Jaden Thomas fights for extra yardage while playing Bear Creek in Windsor on September 24, 2021. (Greeley Tribune file photo)

In total, Thomas had 389 of his team’s 421 total offensive yards.

It’s a good day for a whole team and a truly memorable day for Thomas.

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Last weekend was historic for Resurrection Christian sophomore Jackson Fagerlin.

Fagerlin placed first out of 222 competitors and set a new school record with his performance at the Wyoming Invitational Sept. 3 at Little America Golf Course in Cheyenne.

He finished the course in 16 minutes, 17.1 seconds, narrowly outpacing second-placed junior Bridger Brokaw of Cheyenne, Wyo. Central, who finished in 16:18.6.

Bobby Fernandez covers high school sports for the Greeley Tribune. Reach him at (970) 392-4478, by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @BobbyDFernandez.

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