Glenwood cruises past Steamboat, 39-14; now 6-1 |

Glenwood cruises past Steamboat, 39-14; now 6-1

Luke GrahamSteamboat Pilot & TodayGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Glenwood Springs High School senior Willy Pelland pulls in a pass and runs it in for a touchdown during the first half of Friday night's game against Steamboat Springs in Steamboat.

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colorado – The Glenwood Springs High School football team landed its first shots at the beginning of the first half and finished Friday’s Western Slope League game in Steamboat Springs with haymakers at the beginning of the second half.The Demons used huge outbursts in the first and third quarters Friday, running away with a 39-14 win.”We’re very fortunate to be where we’re at,” said Glenwood Springs coach Rocky Whitworth, who graded his team’s performance as a 6.5 out of 10. “We’re happy with that, but we know we have some work to do for sure.”That will be the case when the two teams look at film. Glenwood, now 6-1 overall and 4-0 in the league, outscored Steamboat 26-0 in the first and third quarters. But a pesky and vastly improving Steamboat team was able to make it respectable, never allowing the game to get out of control.”We lost some battles, but we won some,” Steamboat coach Lonn Clementson said. “Last week we took a step back. This week we took a step forward, even though we didn’t beat Glenwood. They just don’t have any glaring weaknesses.”Glenwood came out in the first half and scored on three of their first four drives. The Demons bookended touchdown runs by Drew Halsch around a Luke Jacob 15-yard TD pass to Willy Pelland to make it 20-0.But as Steamboat has shown, the Sailors hung around.The Demons offense started to go stagnant. Their next three drives were a three-and-out, a fumble and a kneel down to end the half.The fumble, with 59 seconds left in the first half, gave Steamboat the ball at the Glenwood 49-yard line. Six plays later, on a third-and-13 play, Steamboat’s Christian Ramirez found Randall Nelson from 14 yards out to cut the lead to 20-7 at halftime.Glenwood, however, made a statement to open the second half. The Demons went nine plays and 69 yards, all on runs, to extend the lead to 26-7. It was the fifth time in seven games this season that Glenwood has scored on its opening possession of the second half.On their next drive, they tacked on a 52-yard pass from Jacob to Auston Tribble to make it 32-7.Steamboat (0-7, 0-4) got a 74-yard run from Evan Hornstein to cut the lead to 32-14, before Tribble scored from 8 yards out with 51 seconds remaining.”Every week we’re improving and getting better,” Hornstein said. “We just can’t give up.”Glenwood’s defense played well for the most part. The Demons limited the Sailors to 195 total yards and just 101 rushing.Halsch and Jacob did most of the work for Glenwood, with Halsch rushing for 138 yards on 20 carries and three TDs. Jacob threw for two TDs and added 102 yards on 18 carries.Ramirez was 8-of-19 for 94 yards and a TD. Hornstein carried the ball three times for 74 yards, including the long TD.Steamboat next plays at 7 p.m. Thursday in Palisade. Glenwood next plays at 7 p.m. Friday at home against Eagle

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