Demons escape Craig with a much-needed win
Craig Daily Press
Glenwood Springs, Colorado CO
CRAIG, Colorado – Not even a successful Hail Mary could save Moffat County’s football team on Thursday night.
After a poor first half that saw the Bulldogs miss connections on several long pass plays, Bubba Ivers hit Jarret Walt from 55 yards out. Ivers’ throw came as time expired in the half, and gave Moffat County momentum going into the break.
It was a play Glenwood Springs coach Rocky Whitworth had not seen succeed in years.
“I’ve watched enough football before that I’ve seen it happen, it just hadn’t happened to me in a lot of years,” Whitworth said. “It was just one of those things where the defensive back let him get behind and the quarterback made a great play.”
But it was not enough to recover from an early deficit to Whitworth’s Demons, who escaped Craig with a 35-18 victory.
Glenwood (3-4 overall, 3-3 in the 3A Western Slope League) built a 14-0 first quarter lead on the strength of junior Henry Hill’s running. Hill first broke out untouched up the middle for a 49-yard touchdown. He would then follow up a 32-yard run with a 1-yard score, giving the Demons their lead with 5 minutes, 44 seconds left in the first.
Michael Samuelson would get the Bulldogs on the board almost on his own. The senior carried the ball all six plays on a Moffat County drive, including a 31-yard run to score in the second quarter.
Moffat County ran its offense from under center about half its plays in this game, a departure from the spread-exclusive offense the Bulldogs have run this season. For much of the game, it produced results.
But the Glenwood offense was producing as well. In the second quarter, the Demons did damage through the air, with Travis Lundin finding Caiden Sorensen for a 34-yard TD and again on a 22-yard TD with 21 seconds left in the half.
That set the stage for the Moffat County Hail Mary.
In the second half, Moffat County struck first after recovering fumbled Glenwood snap. Samuelson would finish the drive off with a 1-yard run after Ivers converted on third-and-20.
A scary moment came midway through the third quarter, when Glenwood defender Collin Schreiber went down after making a stop and held his head. After about 15 minutes, he was taken to The Memorial Hospital in Craig.
Whitworth said from what he knew, the injury was not severe.
“I think he’s fine,” he said. “All indications are that he’s fine at this point, but I’m not sure. He was showing all good signs and [the trainers] just wanted to make sure.”
After play resumed, both teams were sloppy, committing several penalties. Eventually, Glenwood broke through with a lengthy drive in the fourth quarter to take a 17-point lead with 5:12 remaining.
The score would come on a 1-yard run by Hill, but it came after a fourth-and-9 scramble for a first from Lundin.
Coach Kip Hafey said Moffat County missed on too many opportunities to win in the game.
“When opportunities arise, you’ve got to seize them,” he said. “We had a couple times with guys open. One time our receiver was uncovered, wide open. We’ve got to execute when we’ve got those. In the second half we had good drives that fizzled and couldn’t finish.”
Moffat County travels to Cortez next week, while Glenwood will play at Evergreen.
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