Montrose crushes Glenwood, 42-0 |

Montrose crushes Glenwood, 42-0

Jon Mitchell
Special to the Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Kelley Cox Post Independent

CARBONDALE, Colorado – Glenwood Springs High School’s football team brought every amenity it could to make the Carbondale Middle School football field feel like home Friday night. The Montrose Indians, however, brought their “A” game.

Angelo Youngren found the end zone four times and finished with 236 rushing yards on just 17 carries for the Indians, whose superior playing experience showed in handing the Demons a 42-0 non-league loss.

“They had a good game plan,” Glenwood coach Rocky Whitworth said. “They’re very physical and we’re not.

“I don’t know that this was a wake-up call,” the coach continued. “All I know is that they’re a good football team and we’re just not a good football team right now. We’re not executing well, we had three big turnovers and we’re just not doing things we need to be doing to be successful.”

Granted, Montrose (3-0 overall) did plenty of things to disrupt Glenwood’s offensive rhythm. The four total turnovers were the biggest things the Indians caused, including a 27-yard interception return for a touchdown by Josiah Bunting with 1:47 remaining to cap the scoring.

“That really surprised me,” said Montrose coach Todd Casebier, whose team eked out a 6-0 victory at Montrose last season. “I saw this game being a lot closer. Not 6-0 closer, but a lot closer than it was. I have great respect for Rocky and his program, and their record speaks for itself.”

The Indians’ game plan was to use the run to establish the pass. But when the passing game proved ineffective in the early part of the game, Montrose went back to the ground.

And Youngren took advantage of the touches he got. He had TD runs of 34, 80, 3 and 16 yards, with the first three scores coming in the first seven times he touched the ball. He had 140 yards on the ground by halftime – outgaining the Demons’ offense (108 yards) on his own. Glenwood (1-1) was outgained on the night, 324-220.

“After the first [touchdown], everybody got crazy,” Youngren said. “Then after that, it just kept building from there. A game like this feels great.”

The game was moved from Stubler Memorial Field to Carbondale Middle School because of the installation of new lights at the Glenwood Springs stadium. School officials, coaches and volunteers brought items from Glenwood’s field – such as the field goal-post padding and some items showing the school colors, to bring the atmosphere to the Roaring Fork High School football field.

Youngren opened the scoring in the first quarter, zig-zagging through the Demons’ defensive backfield on his way to a 34-yard scoring run that capped a seven-play, 73-yard opening drive with 8:33 left in the opening quarter. The Demons nearly knotted the score late in the first, but Henry Hill’s 44-yard scoring run was called back on a false-start penalty.

The Demons’ drive stalled and, on the Indians’ next offensive play, Youngren ran off tackle to his left for 80 yards – untouched – into the end zone on the first play of the second quarter. And just a little less than two minutes later, Youngren’s 3-yard jaunt into the end zone came after the Indians recovered a Glenwood fumble on the Demons’ 22.

Youngren’s run to eclipse the 200-yard rushing mark came shortly afterward, as his 16-yard TD run staked the Indians to a four-score lead.

“We can’t have chances like that and not convert,” Whitworth said. “We have to get better because it doesn’t get any easier.”

Glenwood plays at Fruita-Monument next Friday.

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