Football Demons shipwreck Sailors
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Effortless.
In a word, that’s how Glenwood Springs made the game of football look in Friday’s 43-0 rout of visiting Steamboat Springs.
It didn’t matter who had the ball on offense or who was making the plays on defense, the Demons made it look easy.
“Everything just came together,” said Glenwood quarterback Travis Lundin, a sophomore. “We came together and played for each other. It was just an honor to play with my boys and win the game.”
Lundin and the Demons got to work early against the Sailors.
On just the second play from scrimmage, Lundin connected with Cam Avery on a 50-yard scoring pass. Lundin scrambled to his right on the play before finding a wide-open Avery behind the secondary.
“I kind of broke away behind the corner,” said Avery, a senior. “He just dumped it off and I started running.”
It didn’t get any better for the Sailors from there.
Running back Henry Hill pushed Glenwood’s lead to 14-0 with a 4-yard touchdown run with 6 minutes, 52 seconds left in the opening quarter. The sophomore capped a five-play, 50-yard drive.
Mike Mills got in on the action next, taking a shovel pass from Lundin and scooting 27 yards for a score at the 4:20 mark in the first.
Hill tacked on two more rushing scores in the second quarter – the first from 2 yards out and the second from 10 yards away – as the Demons extended the lead to 36-0 by halftime.
Even when plays didn’t go as expected, they still went right for Glenwood.
After Hill’s first score of the second quarter, the Demons botched the snap on their extra-point try. Avery, the holder, grabbed the ball off the grass, rose from his knees and fired a pass that appeared to deflect off the hands of Garrett Lowe. Waiting behind Lowe, though, was Justin Barham, who made a diving catch for the two-point conversion.
Glenwood added its final score – a 28-yard TD run by Lundin – with 6:01 left in the third quarter, pushing the Demons’ lead to more than 40 points and triggering a running clock.
Lundin finished with 147 yards and two TDs on 8-of-10 passing. He added 35 rushing yards on four carries.
Jon Forristall, who also saw time at quarterback for Glenwood, had 47 yards on 4-of-6 passing. He also ran for 59 yards on nine carries.
Six different receivers caught passes for the Demons, now 3-4 overall and 2-2 in 3A Western Slope League play. Avery led the way with 109 yards on five receptions. Mills, who also had a diving interception on defense, racked up 49 yards on three catches.
Hill ended his night with 110 yards and three scores on 12 totes. As a team, Glenwood finished with 256 yards on the ground and 194 through the air.
“We have so many weapons,” Lundin said. “Mills, Avery, [Auston] Tribble, [Grant] Fegan – all of them. Henry, too. They’re the best.”
Steamboat, now 0-7 overall and 0-4 in league play, struggled to find any rhythm on offense, racking up just 89 yards rushing and 19 through the air.
“We came in without four starters,” Sailors coach Lonn Clementson said. “We knew it was going to be a tough night in terms of being able to keep up. … We’re doing the best we can with the young people we have. At one point, we had four sophomores and a senior in on the offensive line.”
Ben Custer led Steamboat with 64 yards rushing on 13 carries.
On deck for the Demons is a trip to Eagle Valley next weekend. Then it’s a home date with Delta the following week before closing out the season at Rifle on Nov. 4.
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