Demons blitz Bulldogs with second-half surge |

Demons blitz Bulldogs with second-half surge

Jeff Caspersen
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Collin Szewczyk Post IndependentDemons running back Drew Halsch (17) zooms past Moffat County defenders Steven Wagner (77) and Dario Georgiou (50) during Friday's game in Glenwood Springs.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Chad Montover said he and his Glenwood Springs football teammates knew they were better than their play reflected.

So the Demons did something about it.

Scoring three touchdowns on offense and coming up with three interceptions and a fumble recovery after halftime on defense, Glenwood Springs stomped visiting Moffat County, 35-7, on Friday.

“We knew that we were a better team than that,” Montover, a senior linebacker, said. “We weren’t putting it together and we were sloppy. We just couldn’t lose, so we came out with more motivation and drive to get the ball to the end zone. Everybody had more fierceness.”

The Demons certainly did play with ferocity in the second half, particularly on defense.

Montover had a fumble recovery that fueled a scoring drive and teammates Nick Ciani, Collin Thornton and J.D. Weeden all picked off passes as the defense, as it has all year, set the tone for Glenwood.

“It’s always been our strong suit on the team,” Montover said. “It’s pretty good. I think we have a lot of chemistry. We bond together, do a lot of team stuff together. We know we’re there for each other. We’ve got each other’s backs.”

Led by quarterback Luke Jacob, the Demons’ offense leveled its share of damage.

Jacob rushed for three scores and 102 yards on 13 carries and threw for 119 yards and a TD on 8-of-13 passing. Montover added a 1-yard TD run and Cam Avery hauled in a 20-yard TD reception.

Austin Tribble led Glenwood with 54 receiving yards on three catches and Drew Halsch rushed for 97 yards on 12 carries.

Moments after Moffat County capped a 51-yard drive with a 35-yard TD scramble by quarterback Bubba Ivers, Jacob busted loose for a 59-yard scoring run to tie the game at 7 with 2 minutes, 40 seconds left in the first quarter.

Midway through the second quarter, the Demons went ahead for good with Jacob’s scoring toss to Avery. A 9-yard punt by the Bulldogs’ Braeden Sullivan set up the one-play drive, which started at the visitors’ 20-yard line.

With the Bulldogs running a clock-control offense that kept the ball out of Glenwood’s hands much of the first half, the score remained 14-7 as the teams vacated the field at the break.

Moffat County ran 29 plays to Glenwood’s 14 in the first half as the Bulldogs held possession for 16:57 out of 24 minutes.

The Bulldogs couldn’t hold on to the ball – literally – in the second half.

After the Demons marched 55 yards on a drive capped by Montover’s short TD run, Moffat County coughed up a fumble that led to another of Jacob’s scores.

Down 28-7 with 3:09 left in the third quarter, the Bulldogs had to ditch their clock-control game plan. They also had to throw the ball, which led to Ivers’ three interceptions.

Jacob tacked on his final TD run of the night with 6:39 left in the fourth and Glenwood had its fourth straight win in the bag. At 5-1 overall and 3-0 in the 3A Western Slope League, the Demons control their own destiny in the chase for a third league crown in four years.

“Like the coaches said, we’re in the driver’s seat,” Montover said. “All we have to do is get further and further away from the other teams and never look back. We just have to keep going.”

Friday marked the return of Glenwood head coach Rocky Whitworth, who last week had minor surgery that left his right foot in a bulky cast and kept him from traveling with the Demons to Battle Mountain. Whitworth coached from the press box this week.

Ivers led Moffat County (2-4 overall, 1-2 in the 3A WSL) with 94 yards on 19 carries. He threw for 112 yards on 7-of-13 passing.

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