Cowboys’ season, playoff hopes end

MEEKER I It wasn’t the finish they hoped for, but in spite of a lopsided loss to end the season, the Cowboys can still hold their heads high. “With all the injuries and young players playing at the end of the year, 5-4 (the team’s final record) was probably about as well as we could […]

Cowboys need win, help in playoff push

Senior football players, including from left Jared Frantz, Ryan Wix, Victor Villalpando, Alema Atoafa and Trevor Matrisciano, honored their parents before last Friday’s homecoming game.

MEEKER I It’s down to a one-game season. Even then, the Cowboys will need some help. “We had to beat Hayden (to qualify for the playoffs),” Meeker football coach Jeff Palmer said. “Now we have to beat Hotchkiss. That would look really good on our resume for a wild-card berth.”

Cowboys can secure playoff spot with homecoming win

Meeker running back Alema Atoafa rushed for 151 yards against rival Rangely.

MEEKER I It didn’t take long for first-year football coach Jeff Palmer to figure out the cross-county rivalry with Rangely was a big deal. Like before he even was hired. “When I was getting interviewed, they said you either beat Rangely or get fired,” Palmer said. “They said it and laughed, but I think it […]

Cowboys blanked by league foe Paonia

MEEKER I It’s a stretch to compare the Sports Illustrated cover jinx to the Colorado Preps. However, as far as the Cowboys varsity football is concerned the two may be in tandem.

Cowboys keep on rolling with Lake County win

Sidelined players, from left, Trevor Matrisciano, Toby Casias, Justin Hardy (on crutches) and Kevin Eli all sat out last Friday’s game against Lake County. Matrisciano, Casias and Hardy are out for the season because of injuries.

MEEKER I Racking up big numbers hasn’t been the goal this season. Winning games is the goal. The Cowboys have been doing both. Two weeks ago, Meeker set its high mark for scoring for the season with a 50-19 win over the Class 5A Fruita Monument junior varsity.

Cowboys roll to another big win

Meeker quarterback Trevor Matrisciano’s senior season is over after he suffered a knee injury in last week’s game.

Atoafa, Nieslanik have big games as Meeker defeats Fruita JV 50-19 MEEKER I Three Saturday games. Three wins. And not just wins, but dominating wins. Yes, Saturdays have been good to the Cowboys. Or, the Cowboys have been good on Saturdays. Really good.

Cowboys rope Center 43-20

Alema Atoafa rushed for 170 yards, scored four touchdowns, recorded seven tackles and forced and recovered a fumble in Saturday’s 43-20 win against Center. “He had a monster game,” coach Jeff Palmer said of the senior captain. “He did a little bit of everything.”

MEEKER I Game three of this football season was a lot like game one for the Cowboys. They won big. And they shut down the other team in the process. Playing their second Saturday game of the season — they will play their last one this Saturday against the Fruita Monument junior varsity — the […]

Cowboys fall to Monte Vista

Face Center Vikings Saturday MEEKER I The Monte Vista Pirates shook off the five-hour drive and used Meeker miscues to leave town with a 14-10 victory over the hometown Meeker Cowboys last Friday night.

Cowboys run over GJ JV in home opener

Cole Steiner prepared to haul in one of his four catches. Two of those receptions went for touchdowns as Meeker routed Grand Junction High School’s junior varsity 41-24 in Saturday’s season opener.

MEEKER I First game of the season. First-year coach. First varsity experience for many of the starters. First-game jitters? No way. Meeker, which lost six all-conference players from last season’s 8-3 team, showed Saturday the Cowboys still have plenty of firepower.

Stick a fork in Rams, Meeker wins 52-9 over Roaring Fork

Sophomore Toby Casias, who scored Meeker’s final touchdown in the varsity game against Roaring Fork, follows his blockers during a junior varsity game against Hayden on Monday. The Cowboys won, 18-0.

MEEKER I After a loss to the defending 3A state champion Olathe Pirates the previous week, the Meeker Cowboys doubled their wins this season with a resounding defeat of a less-experienced 3A Roaring Fork Rams team.

Pirates scuttle Meeker, 31-14

MEEKER I Non-conference games prepare teams for league competition and the Meeker Cowboys are seeking out the best competition in the area, including the defending 3A state champion Olathe Pirates.

Cowboys entertain Basalt in opener


MEEKER I The Cowboys will open the 2009 season Friday night against the Basalt Longhorns at Starbuck Stadium.