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2010 Demons writing own chapter in local football lore

Dale Shrull
Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
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GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – There’s no need to live in the past when the future is now.

As the 2010 Glenwood Springs Demons were dismantling the Englewood Pirates to the tune of 42-0, tucked away inside the school behind glass was the golden trophy won by the 2008 state title team.

That was then, and this is now. This bunch of Demons has one focus – giving that 2008 trophy some company.



A number of current players were part of that title team and the memories of reaching the zenith of high school football hasn’t disappeared. But this team is concentrating on penning its own legendary chapter of high school sports lore.

Nick Ciani and his fellow senior linebackers were a four-man wrecking crew Saturday giving the vaunted Englewood running game less space to run than a cat in a closet.



Only two years removed from the 2008 state title, one might think that it’s still fresh in the minds of the current Demons.

Not so.

“It was great to be part of that team, but this is our time,” Ciani said. “We really don’t talk about that team. This is our team and we’re playing for us.”

For coach Rocky Whitworth, hobbled by recent ankle surgery, a rare blowout playoff win was something to relish. Thinking back to that 2008 championship team, he doesn’t make comparisons. Two different teams with the same lofty goal.

“Very rarely,” he said about how much he uses the 2008 team as motivation for this group. “If anything, it’s more about the way we played with that team. As a team, football is just one of those games where it takes so many to have success.”

He smiles.

“You need a lot of dudes out there pulling for each other. That’s probably the great gift that team [2008] gave this team,” he said.

The senior experience and leadership provides the motivation for this team, he said.

“Our whole linebacker core of Ciani, [Chad] Montover, [Willy] Pelland and [Chris] Ayala, those four kids have played great all year. They’ve had a great influence and provided great leadership for this football team.”

On Saturday, the 2010 team rewarded the coaches and fans with a low-stress blowout victory and a step closer to another golden trophy.

Glenwood is hoping that history repeats itself. Back in 1978, the Demons won the school’s first football state championship, then after coming up short in 1979, the 1980 team nabbed a second state title.

For senior Luke Jacob, he’s progressed from running back to wide receiver to quarterback for the Demons in his four years.

He too will not forget the title run of 2008, but that was then and the future is now, and the goal is to bring home a fourth state football title for the school.

“A couple of us had experience playing from that season and that game, and the experience was awesome but this is a totally different team,” he said.

In Whitworth’s offense, the quarterback position is the key. Few will forget Dakota Stonehouse’s play as he led the Demons to the 2008 title.

The quarterback position has more ups and downs than a United Airlines pilot, but Jacob has morphed into a special player.

“The tough part of this offense is that the quarterback is the decision maker and he has to manage the game well and it’s on his shoulders,” Whitworth said. “[Jacob] has grown tremendously [over the last two years].”

Jacob says running the spread offense is all about learning and making the correct decisions.

“Last year I wasn’t as comfortable, I was still learning. Last year helped me a lot, I’m really comfortable in this offense now,” he said.

Whitworth smiles as he talks about the tough part of playing quarterback in his offense: the mental part.

“Luke is really an outstanding natural athlete but it takes a while to get the mental game, the reading part of the offense and he’s improving on that all the time.”

Jacob agrees.

“I’ve definitely grown a whole bunch from 2008. I was just a young kid back then, and now I feel like I’m more of a leader and player,” he said.

Last year the Demons were knocked out in the quarterfinals by the eventual state champs. This year, the Demons are 10-1 and focused on winning it all again.

Yes, 2008 is ancient history, and the future is now. When it comes to history, sometimes it repeats itself, sometimes it breaks your heart.

For the 2010 Glenwood Springs Demons, the future is now and history is within their grasp.

And now the 42-0 round-one playoff victory is already ancient history. There’s no need living in the past when a shot at history is still squarely in the crosshairs of the future.

– Dale Shrull is a freelance writer for the Post Independent.


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