Glenwood falls in one Devil of a homecoming game
Special to the Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Some defeats are harder to take than others. Last night at Stubler Memorial Stadium, the Glenwood Springs football team played their hearts out, only to come up short, 42-28, on the scoreboard to the visiting Eagle Valley Devils.
On a night where big plays dominated the action, it was the visiting Devils (5-1) that had biggest plays when they counted most.
The disappointment for the Demons (2-4) was painfully obvious. It was an emotional defeat, with Glenwood coming back time and time again, only to taste the bitter loss at their homecoming celebration.
“This loss was even harder for the upperclassmen,” said Glenwood senior Auston Tribble. “It hurts to come so close. They [Eagle Valley] really fired off the line all night.”
Their were many heroes, despite the loss. Glenwood junior quarterback Travis Lundin threw for 370 yards and three touchdowns, as well as running for another score. Tribble had six catches for 210 yards and two TDs. Junior Henry Hill rushed 21 times for 70 yards and kept the pressure off his quarterback as much as he could.
“We played our hearts out,” Lundin said.
In the end, the Demons simply couldn’t stop the Eagle Valley Wing-T offense when it needed to most.
The Devils ended the game with nearly 400 yards rushing and four TDs on the ground. Eagle Valley senior quarterback Jordan Hudspeth added two TD passes.
The game started with two long drives that took up almost all of the first quarter, but no points to show for the effort. Glenwood opened the game with a 13-play drive that resulted in a missed field goal. Eagle Valley answered with an 11-play drive that ended on downs in Glenwood territory.
Eagle Valley got on the scoreboard first as senior running back Cole Nielsen, the workhorse for the Devils, crossed the goal line with 10 minutes to play in the second quarter. Nielsen had 135 yards rushing in the first half and finished the game with 229 yards and three TDs.
After a quick three-and-out by Glenwood, Eagle Valley put together another 11-play drive with Hudspeth connecting on a ten-yard TD pass to senior Sam Boyd for a 13-0 lead with 4 minutes, 29 seconds remaining in the first half.
The Demons answered with a nine-play scoring drive. Lundin found Tribble down the right sideline for a 56-yard reception. Lundin capped the drive with a 2-yard TD run after a nifty inside handoff fake to close the lead to 13-7.
With a little more than a minute remaining in the first half, Eagle Valley took advantage of a short Glenwood kickoff. The Devils went 54 yards in three plays for another score, this time seeing Hudspeth connect with senior Zeke Sandoval, who made a sensational catch in the endzone to make it 21-7.
Glenwood got a big break after Lundin found senior Caiden Sorensen open for a 41-yard completion down the sideline as time ran out, but a personal foul by Eagle Valley gave the Demons one more play with no time on the clock. Lundin hit Tribble on a short pass, but Tribble was stopped inches short of the goal line to end the first half.
Eagle Valley opened the second half with a 20-play, 92-yard scoring drive that took nearly eight minutes and included four fourth-down conversions. Glenwood answered with one play – a 64-yard TD pass from Lundin to Tribble, the only play the Demons would run in the third quarter, making it 27-14 Eagle Valley.
“Travis [Lundin] was amazing tonight,” Tribble said. “They put such a big rush on him all night, but he hung in there.”
The Devils made it 35-14 early in the fourth quarter, but Glenwood wouldn’t quit.
This time it took two plays for Lundin to find Tribble again, connecting on a 69-yard TD pass with Tribble breaking tackles along the way.
Glenwood then recovered an onside kick and put together an 11-play drive that stalled on downs at the Eagle Valley seven-yard line.
With just under six minutes to play, and a 14-point lead, it looked like the Devils would run the clock down.
They instead attempted a pass that was intercepted, and four plays later, Glenwood scored again to close the gap to seven points with 2:33 to play.
Glenwood couldn’t recover another onside kick, and with seconds remaining in the game, Eagle Valley junior Cody Thurston scored on a 2-yard plunge to make the final score 42-28.
Glenwood plays at Moffat County next Friday.
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