Pressure no problem for Demons’ Lundin
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, Colorado CO
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Travis Lundin doesn’t mind the pressure. He welcomes it.
Manning the quarterback position for Glenwood Springs High School’s football team means high expectations and toiling in the shadows of some high-caliber passers.
With predecessors like Dakota Stonehouse and Luke Jacob, quarterbacks who put up lofty stats and led the Demons to all sorts of playoff glory in recent years, pressure comes with the job.
And that’s just fine with Lundin, who embraces pressure both on the gridiron and on the slopes as a highly accomplished alpine ski racer.
“I like the pressure that’s put on me,” he confidently proclaimed. “I like to take things in my own hands and do it for the team, and it’s so much fun. It’s awesome playing with these guys and leading these guys. I grew up with these kids since the third grade.”
Lundin, who seems to sport a perpetual smile off the field, is a fiery competitor on it. After taking over as starter midway through the 2011 season, that very trait instantly won over his teammates.
“Travis brings that fire,” said senior Logan Holmberg, who holds down spots on the offensive and defensive lines. “He comes out and it’s not, ‘I’m a quarterback. No one can hit me.’ It’s like, ‘Let’s go!’ I mean, we’re over doing hitting drills and he’s wanting to get in there and coach is having to shoo him away.”
With Lundin taking snaps, the Demons unleashed a late-season rally last fall that nearly landed them a Class 3A playoff spot.
“We’re still fired up,” Lundin said. “We had a great finish to the season.”
Now fully entrenched as the starter entering his junior year, Lundin is embracing all that comes with being the Demons’ on-field maestro.
“I’m learning new things every year with the offense,” he said. “Basically, being able to come up my freshman year and start learning new things helped me so much. Getting to start a little bit last year and executing it was so helpful. I feel like I know the offense. I’m ready to just attack everybody.”
A natural athlete with a big arm, poise in the pocket and the ability to run, Lundin has the tools to attack.
“Travis has always been great,” said receiver/defensive back Auston Tribble, Glenwood’s senior captain. “Travis is really good, and I think we’ll get an even better Travis this year. He’s not competing to be starter now, so he can focus on getting his reads right and making good throws.”
In head coach Rocky Whitworth’s spread offense, Lundin will launch many a pass into the air on Friday nights.
It’s something he watched both Jacob and Stonehouse do plenty of in recent seasons. And Lundin took mental notes.
“Luke basically taught me how to run the ball,” he said of the 2011 graduate who helped the Demons to the 3A title game in 2010. “And then I’ve always loved to pass, so that’s just kind of natural – coming in and passing the ball.”
Although he never played alongside Stonehouse, a 2009 grad who led Glenwood to a state title in 2008 and is now playing at Carroll College in Helena, Mont., Lundin has had the chance to talk – and throw – with the local legend.
“I’ve been throwing with him some during the summer when he’s off from college,” Lundin relayed. “He’s a really good mentor.”
Did the soft-spoken Stonehouse have any words of wisdom to impart on his young successor?
“He’s real quiet,” Lundin said with a chuckle, “but he said just to command the offense and trust the big guys up front.”
In Lundin’s other sport – skiing – he’s the only one he can trust. And he hasn’t let himself down on the slopes, where he’s forging a promising career.
Lundin spent last winter in the Sierra Nevadas racing and training with Lake Tahoe Racing.
“It was basically just going out and experiencing the west, where all the elite athletes are,” said the athletically blessed teen, who spent his early childhood in the Tahoe area. “I had family there I stayed with.”
Lundin juggles football and skiing with the same poise and grace he displays in the pocket on Friday nights.
“It’s not hard at all,” he said. “When I come back, I focus on football all summer. Sometimes I’ll go to a few ski camps in the summer, but then it’s football all fall. Right when football’s done, it’s skiing.”
And when he says it’s all football in the fall, he means it.
Said Lundin: “All I’m focused on now is this season and what I need to do to help us make the playoffs.”
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