Demons eye a return to glory
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, Colorado CO
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Summer bonding comes in all forms for members of Glenwood Springs High School’s football team.
That might mean a float trip down a local river or a trip to American Furniture Warehouse to sit on the couches.
Yes, the Demons actually do couch-surf from time to time. While silly, all that matters is that they’re goofing around together.
“As long as you’re together,” said a smiling Logan Holmberg, a senior who plays on both the offensive and defensive lines for the Demons. “I mean, as soon as you get your license, you call up a couple kids and say, ‘Let’s hang out.'”
It’s all about the team in Glenwood’s locker room, where the Demons are chasing a return to glory in 2012.
“This year, everyone’s more together,” Holmberg explained. “There’s really that team atmosphere around. Practice ends and we go hang out. It’s not like last year, where everyone goes, ‘See ya,’ and then everyone goes and does their own thing. Everyone’s good friends now, and it’s definitely starting to show on the field.”
It showed on the field late last season. After stumbling to a 1-4 start, Glenwood rallied to level its record at 5-5. The Demons, who won a state title in 2008 and were state runners-up in 2010, missed the playoffs for the first time since 2006.
This cohesive 2012 squad, led by some 14 seniors, feels something special brewing.
“I definitely think we’re capable of doing really well this season,” remarked senior captain Auston Tribble, a receiver and defensive back. “Our hopes are high and our goals are even higher. … We just mix so well together. Everybody’s such good friends. It creates that bond even stronger between each other.”
Tribble, the team’s leading receiver with 477 yards in 2011, is one of myriad offensive weapons Glenwood will employ in 2012, which will begin with Saturday’s season opener at Conifer.
After taking over as starting quarterback midway through last season, junior Travis Lundin will start from the outset this fall and is drawing rave reviews from his teammates.
“As soon as Travis took over last year, it was definitely noticeable,” Holmberg said. “Everyone wanted to play harder. As soon as Travis came in, there was that fire. He brings that fire to the team.”
Lundin racked up 1,073 yards and 10 touchdowns in a partial season’s worth of work, displaying a strong arm and the ability to scramble for ground yardage when necessary. Those are traits needed to lead head coach Rocky Whitworth’s spread offense.
Also returning for the Demons is 1,170-yard rusher Henry Hill, who is currently injured and will miss at least Saturday’s opener.
“I think our offense is going to be pretty crazy,” Tribble forecasted. “We have so many weapons. At this point, I don’t know who could stop us.”
Up front, Holmberg will anchor the offensive line at left tackle. The 6-foot-4, 250-pounder will also serve as a bookend on the other side of the ball as a defensive end.
As has been customary in recent years, Glenwood boasts big talent at linebacker. Junior Garrett Lowe (6-0, 215) and sophomore Cristian Gonzalez (5-9, 215) will be a force in the middle of the Demons’ defense.
“They’re really tough kids,” Tribble lauded. “They really want to play hard.”
And, as those float trips down the river and couch-surfing sessions at American Furniture Warehouse suggest, the Demons play together.
“We have talent at basically every position,” Lundin said. “Now, we’re just trying to build chemistry as fast as we can.”
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