Breakthrough season for the Demons? |

Breakthrough season for the Demons?

John Gardner
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Chad Spangler Post Independent

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” The ball was 63 yards from the goal line early in the second quarter.

Glenwood Springs High School quarterback Dakota Stonehouse took the snap and quickly shoved the ball to senior running back Michael Hudson, and he ran.

The nearly full-house crowd at Stubler Memorial Field seemed to push Hudson down the field, past defenders, as its collective voice grew in support of his efforts. As he closed in on the goal line, the collective cheer grew in intensity and volume, resonating through the neighborhoods that surround the high school. No one was sitting.

As Hudson bolted into the end zone putting the Demons up 14-0 Friday night against the Conifer Lobos in the Demon’s home opener, the crowd’s collective cheer broke into a hundred individual voices, all with the same underlying message ” “We’re behind you, 100 percent.”

One hour before game time and 78-year-old George Hunter, and his wife Bonnie, had already found their spot for the evening.

Front row, 50-yard-line in the home stands.

“He loves football,” Bonnie said. “He used to coach.”

But now he just enjoys watching a good game under the Friday night lights at Stubler Memorial Field.

The Hunters went to every home game last season and watched as the class 3A Demons went undefeated (10-0) through the regular season, only to lose a heartbreaker in the opening round of the state playoffs, 28-27, to 15th-seeded Sterling Tigers. The Demons lost on a two-point conversion on the final play of the game in overtime. That defeat may have left a bad taste in the mouths of the Glenwood faithful at the end of last season.

But that same crowd, along with the Hunters, showed up early to the game Friday to watch what will undoubtedly be another exciting year for their hometown Demons.

“We’re just curious,” George said. “They’re a great group of kids and we like to see them play.”

Longtime GSHS football announcer Mike Wilde, was excited for the game to start.

“I always say that there is nothing better than high school sports,” he said from his perch in the press box before the game. “Whether it’s soccer, football, volleyball, or whatever it is these kids are playing, I like to be here and support them. And it’s always fun to see a team that’s got a chance to make a good run, and this one looks like it sure may. We’ll see how tonight turns out but we should have a good time.”

Across the field near the visitor’s bleachers Tim Bergman, Zach Carlson and Steve Nilsson cooked hamburgers and hot dogs for fans. The three were accepting donations to help the GSHS athletic department.

“We’ll be set up over here before each home game,” Bergman said. “Because we’re part of the community and to help out the football program. It’s a good program, and all of the sports programs here are good programs and we want to show them our support.”

The Demons went on to win the game 35-14 to improve their record to 2-0 on the season.

Bergman, general manager at Glenwood Springs Chrysler-Dodge, said that the unique aspect about high school football crowds is that it’s a community within a community. However, in Glenwood it’s still a little different, in his opinion.

“I think the Glenwood community has a big focus on their kids and I think it’s one of the things that reflects the lifestyle that we enjoy as part of living here,” Bergman said.

And despite the horrible end to a tremendous season last year for the Demons, Bergman anticipates another good year for the team.

“Last season was awesome. I hope to have a good season this year, too,” he said. “I know they’ll have a great season.”

Just another individual voices among the crowd.

Contact John Gardner: 384-9114

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