Glenwood deals heavily favored Montrose a scare
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Pressed into action with starting quarterback Luke Jacob sidelined due to a concussion, freshman Travis Lundin nearly rallied Glenwood Springs to an improbable triumph.
With Lundin completing 9 of 12 passes for 100 yards, the Demons gave heavily favored Montrose all it could handle on Friday.
With 29 seconds left in the football game, Indians quarterback Drew Casebier found Johnathan Sierra on a 25-yard touchdown pass to break a scoreless tie and secure a 6-0 win for host Montrose.
Like Lundin, Casebier found himself thrust into action unexpectedly after starter Nathan Robertson rolled his ankle early in the game and had to depart.
As for Jacob, he took a mighty hit in last weekend’s season opener at Montrose.
In Jacob’s stead, Lundin showed he might just have a bright future, keeping the Demons close against a team ranked fourth in Class 4A in the latest Denver Post/9 News poll.
Lundin had some help from senior running back Drew Halsch, who amassed 98 yards on the ground on 30 carries, and a stingy Glenwood defense.
Austin Tribble hauled in four passes for 41 yards.
The Demons drove the ball down to the Montrose 32-yard line with just under three minutes to go, but a turnover-on-downs flipped possession to the Indians with 2 minutes, 34 seconds on the clock.
The Indians (3-0) took the ball and drove 67 yards for the winning score. Perhaps the biggest blow to Glenwood’s hopes came when Casebier scrambled for 35 yards on a third-and-17 play that pushed Montrose deep into Demon territory.
Glenwood, ranked eighth in Class 3A, dropped to 1-1 with the defeat and will play host to Class 5A Fruita Monument next weekend.
Zach Browning’s monster of a night lifted Roaring Fork to a 42-20 win over visiting Battle Mountain on Friday.
The speedy Browning racked up 257 rushing yards on just 19 carries as the Rams (1-1) rallied from a 14-0 hole to rout the Huskies. TD runs measuring 96 and 66 yards highlighted the senior running back’s highly efficient night.
Junior quarterback Clay Gross completed 10 of 15 passes for 135 yards for Roaring Fork, which found a way to win the ballgame despite turning the ball over five times.
On the flip side, though, Battle Mountain coughed up the ball four times. Most damaging of those giveaways was a fumble that the Rams’ Jake Strack-Loertscher scooped up and returned 25 yards for a score.
The Huskies (1-1) lost their workhorse running back, Chris Libertini, to injury early in the game.
On deck for Class 2A Roaring Fork is a trip to face perennial 3A powerhouse Palisade next weekend.
Grand Valley leveled its record at 1-1 with a 22-7 win over visiting Paonia on Friday.
The Cardinals were in control from the start, putting six points on the board in the first quarter, six more up in the second and eight in the third to build a 22-7 lead.
Paonia (0-2) broke up the shutout with a fourth-quarter TD.
Grand Valley hits the road for Hayden next weekend.
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