Eaton volleyball team, Northridge football team secure momentum-building wins – Greeley Tribune

Football and girls volleyball state titles aren’t awarded in early September, obviously.

But just because the Eaton girls volleyball team and Northridge football team remain months from completing their ultimate goals of being that final team standing, that doesn’t mean victories this early in the season can’t be quite meaningful towards that ultimate goal.

It’s momentum-building time for title contenders.

The Reds (6-1) secured a huge win while building momentum towards another possible girls volleyball title run when they survived a five-set thriller against rival and fellow contender Platte Valley on Thursday.

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

“I feel like we’re one of the top teams in the state” Grizzlies senior quarterback Cooper Rose said after the big win. “Being able to keep that confidence and knowing we can play to our full capabilities will serve us well. We can’t take any team for granted. We need to always come out like this and approach every opponent with this fire.”

The Eaton Reds react after scoring a point during the Platte Valley Broncos volleyball match against the Eaton Reds at Platte Valley High School in Kersey Sept. 8, 2022. The Reds defeated the Broncos 3-2. (Alex McIntyre/Staff Photographer)

Eaton senior setter Rylee Martin knows exactly what it takes to engineer 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 a fellow state title contender when she sees one. That’s why the gritty, determined win against Platte Valley on Thursday was so valuable, even if it happened in the still-infant 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 leave our whole heart out on the floor when we play them. We knew they’re one of the toughest teams we’ll play in conference. We’re so lucky to have them in the Patriot League because it gets us ready for state.”

Video game-like numbers

It would be hard to imagine anyone in the area, if not the state, having a more impressive performance in their respective sport than what Windsor senior running back Jaden Thomas had in the Wizards’ nail-biting 27-21 nonconference football win against Fort Collins on Thursday in Windsor.

Thomas ran for 371 yards and four touchdowns on 25 carries. He had a long run of 45 yards and a yards-per-carry average of 14.8.

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

In all, Thomas accounted for 389 of his team’s 421 total yards of offense.

That’s a good day for an entire team and a truly memorable day for Thomas.

Action Jackson

This past weekend was a history-making one for Resurrection Christian sophomore Jackson Fagerlin.

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

He completed the course in 16 minutes, 17.1 seconds, narrowly surpassing junior runner-up 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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