GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado - Glenwood Springs senior slot back Auston Tribble said all the Demons needed was a spark to light their fire. Friday night at Stubler Memorial Field, Tribble and his teammates lit up Steamboat Springs, 55-12, to finally record the their first win of the season.
"Football is all about overcoming adversity," Tribble said. "It's been tough so far, but we had the focus and determination tonight. Now we have to keep working hard and take it a game at a time."
Tribble scored a trio of touchdowns, with junior running back Henry Hill tallying three scores to pace the Demons. Hill rushed for 173 yards in three quarters of work.
"It was full-go tonight," Hill said. "Our line played great. All the glory goes to them."
Glenwood lineman Logan Holmberg, a 6-4, 250-pound senior, said playing the best teams right off this year made the Demons extra-hungry Friday night.
"We knew we were playing some real good teams early this season," he said. "It only made us work that much harder. Tonight feels great."
The Demons' (1-3) rough start to the 2012 season is more understandable now with Conifer, Palisade and Rifle all voted near the top of the Denver Post rankings.
After three weeks, those three teams were a combined 9-0 and outscored their opponents by a combined total of 386-59.
Tribble did his part to ignite the Demons' offense, taking the opening kickoff at his own 6-yard-line and blasting through a huge gap on the right side. He went untouched 94 yards for a quick 6-0 lead. The ensuing point-after attempt was no good.
Steamboat answered with an eight-play drive that ended with a 41-yard field goal from freshman kicker Joe Deline.
A turnover by the Demons and a 57-yard pass completion by the Sailors led to a 4-yard TD keeper by Steamboat quarterback Christian Ramirez. The extra point was no good, giving the visitors a brief 9-6 lead.
With time running out in the first quarter, Hill powered over right tackle for a 6-yard TD. The two-point conversion failed, giving Glenwood a 12-9 after 12 minutes of play.
On Glenwood's next possession, Tribble hauled down a 33-yard reception, then capped the five-play scoring drive with a 17-yard TD sweep. Hill added the two-point conversion for a 20-9 Demons cushion.
The Glenwood defense then forced the Sailors into a three-and-out, with the Demons offense following up with an 11-play, 78-yard drive, capped by junior Derrick Chase plunging over right tackle for a 1-yard TD. Another two-point conversion gave Glenwood a 28-9 lead.
On the ensuing kickoff, Steamboat lost Ramirez for the rest of the game to an injury after he took a shot while blocking on the play.
The Sailors - with the help of two Glenwood penalties - recorded a 40-yard field goal to finish the first-half scoring with Glenwood leading 28-12, but without Ramirez, the Steamboat offense was in disarray the rest of the game.
The Sailors (1-3) totaled minus-20 yards of offense in the second half, with four second-half turnovers. Steamboat had one yard of passing in the final 24 minutes of play.
The third quarter was all Glenwood, with Hill scoring twice on the ground and Tribble grabbing a 25-yard TD pass from quarterback Travis Lundin. The junior playcaller passed for 161 yards.
Glenwood sophomore quarterback Evrett Marr finished the scoring with a 4-yard run.
Glenwood Springs plays at Delta next Friday.