Glenwood Springs Demons win home football opener over Conifer, 41-27

Glenwood Springs High School quarertback Joaquin Sandoval hands the ball off to Mason Markovich during the first half of play against the Conifer Lobos on Friday night at Stubler Memorial Field.
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Glenwood Springs shook off a season-opening overtime loss to win its home opener Friday night over the visiting Conifer Lobos in class 3A high school football action.

Sophomore Mason Markovich scored three touchdowns on the night, including a run-in off a blocked punt by junior Joaquin Sandoval. Markovich’s other two came off rushing plays, as the Demons built a 28-14 halftime lead.

At quarterback, Sandoval ran it in for one of the Demons touchdowns and was effective from the air, connecting with senior Cole Sherick for a 60-yard touchdown strike. Junior Josiah Viacava also reeled one in for a 30-yard touchdown play from Sandoval.

“The boys came out and fixed a lot of things from our first game,” Demons head coach Tory Jensen said of a 21-13 loss at Grand Junction last week. “You want to try to get the most improvement between your first and second game, and we saw that.

“We executed offensively and carried some big plays defensively. The line also got better this week, which was awesome to see,” Jensen said. “We’re giving up a few plays, but we can solve that.”

Sandoval completed nine of 11 pass attempts for 176 yards on the night.

Glenwood Springs improves to 1-1 on the young season, ahead of the cross-county rivalry matchup with 2A Rifle on the road next Friday.

Rifle 33, Montezuma-Cortez 26

Rifle won its season opener, in a rescheduled at home Thursday night, 33-26 over Montezuma-Cortez.

Junior quarterback Logan Gross rushed for a touchdown and completed seven of 15 pass attempts for 80 yards and two more touchdowns, one to junior Joel Valencia and another to junior Sterling Cook, according to stats posted to

Senior Nick Saldivar rushed for 180 yards on 27 carries, scoring the Bears other two touchdowns on the night.

Defensively, senior Austin Bowlan recorded four solo tackles and three assists. Junior Parker Miller led the team with four solo tackles and six assists, and junior Jesus Martinez had two solos and seven assists.

In other action involving Garfield County and Roaring Fork Schools football teams, it was 2A Coal Ridge 39-16 over 1A Roaring Fork at home; 2A Grand Valley 14-13 over 1A Cedaredge at home; and on Thursday, 2A Basalt 43-8 over 3A Battle Mountain at home.

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