Fruita Monument — playing in the 5A class for the first time — missed the playoffs in 2004 for the first time in six seasons, ending the year 5-5. The Wildcats played in the 4A state championship game in 2003 during Geer's junior season, and lost to Loveland — a team with Jeff Byers on its roster.
Geer verbally committed to Colorado in August. Coach Bill Moore had the following to say about Geer.
Bill Moore: Riar's been a dominant player for us. He's done a lot of things that make us go. Obviously, offensively he was a force. A lot of people had to shut him down to shut us down. That's a real tribute to him and the kind of player he was.
He's very powerful and big. He shows good speed with his size.
He played quarterback for us. We put a lot of pressure on our quarterback. We wanted him to run the ball, and he had the size to be that kind of a force. We used him more of a runner than a thrower.
He played at defensive end for us, also. And he was very dominant on the defensive side of the ball. With his size it made him one of those players we used on both sides of the ball. He was one of our better athletes.
Q: Geer's listed at 6-3, 235. Is that about right?
Moore: He's playing basketball right now; I don't know if he's quite held that weight. But he had a big jam in the game (Tuesday night). That's fun to watch him do that.
Q: When did he start becoming a dominant football player for you?
Moore: He started breaking out (during his junior year). Then he got injured so he had to sit out part of the season. I think we really saw Riar progress in the (2003) state playoffs. He was really dominant when we played Ralston Valley in the quarterfinals. Then he ran the ball 30 times against Pueblo South in the semifinals to get us into the finals.
Q: I hear Colorado wants him to play tight end. Is that the way you understand it?
Moore: That's right. I think that's going to be a great place for Riar to play. He's big; he's got great hands, catches the ball well. We would have played him at tight end except at our level we needed to have a good athlete at quarterback, so we elected to put him at quarterback.
Off the field
Moore: Riar is the kind of kid — his parents are very proud of who he is. He doesn't go out and do the partying and that kind of stuff. He just seems to be the kind of kid that sticks to business.