Many words can sum up 2010 Demons, but quit is not one of them
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
AURORA, Colorado – As players with the big “G” of their helmets lingered on the field, there were tears and warm embraces on a chilly, disappointing Saturday night.
The score – 29-6 – ended the Glenwood Springs Demons’ dream season with a nightmarish result.
At 12-2, these Demons didn’t end the season with a Class 3A state title but this team proved that they belonged.
Senior Nick Ciani, gracious but tormented in defeat, struggled to find the words to capture the moment.
“It was really enjoyable,” he said about the season “I’m just real thankful for everything, it was a great ride.”
Heartbreaking defeat has a way of skewing the big picture. This Glenwood team made it further than many thought possible.
Assistant coach and Glenwood alum Joe Luetke said he remembered a rather ragged team when the season started.
“Each week we got better. As coach Whitworth can attest, this team was a rambling wreck but we came a long ways since the beginning of the season,” he said.
Rocky Whitworth forces a smile as he thinks about this Demon team that finished second. He uses words like “scrappy” and “feisty” to describe them. The 2010 Demons fought to the end but the dream wasn’t to be. But it’s the effort of this team that brings a smile to Whitworth’s face.
“They’re just scrappers and they fought all year long. It’s been great for me as the coach and all the coaches to have been part of this team,” he said.
Senior Chad Montover stumbled into the arms of a Glenwood fan, tears in his eyes, but warmth in his heart for the teammates he went to battle with against the Elizabeth Cardinals.
“It’s just one big family and I couldn’t have enjoyed it more. It’s the greatest season I’ve ever had, it’s just family,” he said.
As the Cardinals celebrated their much deserved title, posing for photos with the gold ball trophy, Glenwood players found solace in family and friends. And some soaked in the surroundings of the state title field. Absorbing a memory of a lifetime.
“It’s been the best thing in the world,” Blaze Barham, senior lineman said. “These are my brothers. I just wanted to win for them, but it didn’t run out the way we wanted.”
The big lineman wept as he embraced teammates and fellow students. Disappointment couldn’t be cloaked.
But as every other Class 3A team in Colorado spent Saturday at home, Glenwood played a football game. They fought and battled to the end, and they came up short.
For this team the motto has been simple – team and play for one another. They did it again on Saturday.
“These guys are my brothers,” Luke Jacob said. “To come out here and fight with them was just awesome. It’s a feeling like nothing else.”
The 2010 Demons had their dreams dashed on Saturday but this has been a memorable journey.
“We’ve come so far, we’re never going to forget this moment, never,” Barham said.
There were no losers in this game, just one team that scored more points.
– Dale Shrull is a freelance writer for the Post Independent.
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