Raiders Look to Keep Anvil for Seventh Consecutive Year


By Sebastian Wiegand, Sports Editor

On tonight at six o’clock cancel your plans and head up to APS Stadium as the Rangeview-Gateway rivalry continues with this year’s version of the Anvil game.  Your Rangeview Raiders will take on their rivals, Gateway, as each team fights for possession of the cherished Anvil.


Since 2008 when then Olys coach (and present Raiders coach) Justin Hoffman, and then Raiders coach David Gonzales went out and found a trophy for the rivalry, Hoffman has had it just once, 2008.  The raiders have maintained possession of it for the past seven seasons and will aim to make it their Eighth consecutive year with the trophy.


This is an important game for coach Hoffman, who has had some doubters in his first season at Rangeview.  It is also his first opportunity for him to beat the school where he coached for six seasons.

Senior William Fifita pushes his blocker into the punt. Fifita has been a great help to the defense, which has given up just 13 points in the past three games. (Sebastian Wiegand)

Rangeview is 3-3 and are coming off of back to back wins.  The Raiders will look to get their third win in a row and get above .500 for the first time this season.  Rangeview’s Defense has been on a tear as of late giving up just 27 points in their last 4 games.  With their 52-0 shut out win over Smoky Hill The Raiders have gone six quarters without surrendering a score.


Gateway on the other hand comes into the game at 2-4 and are fresh off of a loss to Arapahoe High School in which they lead at one point by 17, but would wind up losing in the fourth quarter.


Kickoff is at 6:00 Pm on today as the rivalry continues.