Demon receivers get it done in crunch time
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Auston Tribble and Cam Avery never predicted they would play such vital roles in Glenwood Springs’ offense, but roles tend to expand when you make plays.
And both Tribble and Avery have made plays in 2010.
When the situation warrants a pass, Tribble, a sophomore, and Avery, a junior, have been go-to guys for the Demons. They’re not the biggest players in the locker room – Avery’s 5-foot-11 and Tribble’s 5-7 – but what they lack in size they compensate for with speed, savvy and mettle.
“We have speed, agility,” Avery said. “We’ve also got big heart.”
“I think we’ve worked hard and we have determination to beat our guy,” Tribble chimed in. “You have only one guy to beat and you have to beat him for the team, for everybody else. I think that gives us some drive, too, knowing you can help your team out when they need it most.”
That’s just what Tribble, Avery and the rest of Glenwood’s youthful and largely diminutive receiving corps have done. And they’re a big reason why the Demons are set to face Canon City’s in today’s 3A football state semifinals.
“Every week, our receivers have really improved,” Demons head coach Rocky Whitworth said. “We have a couple seniors in Willy [Pelland] and Chris Ayala that play tight end, but Cam Avery and Auston Tribble have been two mainstays. They have made very important catches every week to get us first downs and touchdowns.
“We’ve seen the development of Henry Hill. Another one, Grant Fegan, he’s come on, too.”
Hill’s a 5-8 freshman. Fegan’s a 5-10 sophomore. Ayala’s 5-10. Only the 6-4 Pelland comes close to meeting the definition of a sky-scraping target.
In Whitworth’s spread offense, size isn’t everything.
“Size really doesn’t matter,” the veteran coach stressed. “In this situation, you just have to run routes and be disciplined. They’ve got to block, and that’s a process. Being a good receiver is like anything else – execution is vital.”
It doesn’t hurt that the players these receivers quite often throw blocks for are two of the best rushers around.
Quarterback Luke Jacob and running back Drew Halsch are as productive a backfield duo as you’ll find. Both own well over 1,000 yards on the ground. With his tiny receiving corps’ help, Jacob long ago reached quadruple digits in the passing column as well.
“Sometimes, other teams get really focused in on the running game,” Avery said. “Then we hit them with the passing attack. It’s always nice to step up and help Drew and Luke. They have our backs, so we’ve got their backs. We’re always blocking and catching and doing whatever we need to do for each other.”
Be it a crunch-time reception on third-and-long or a big block to spring Halsch, Jacob or another teammate, players like Tribble and Avery are there to get the job done.
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