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Recap of a the Demons’ perfect season

Kelley Cox Post Independent
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Aug. 22 at Montrose

Glenwood Springs 31, Montrose 26

Glenwood Springs 14 10 7 0 ” 31



Montrose 7 7 0 12 ” 26

Recap: Glenwood Springs got the test it wanted by a scheduling a 4A school in pre-league play. Despite surrendering 524 yards of total offense to the host Indians, Glenwood held on for the win behind 151 yards and four touchdowns rushing by quarterback Dakota Stonehouse.



Aug. 29 at Glenwood Springs

Glenwood Springs 35, Conifer 14

Conifer 0 0 7 7 ” 14

Glenwood Springs 7 13 8 7 ” 35

Recap: Scoring the first four touchdowns of the game, the Demons coasted to a win over Conifer, a school ranked in the top 10 by RockyPreps. Glenwood running back Michael Hudson owned the night, rushing for 164 yards and two touchdowns. Dakota Stonehouse scored twice on the ground and chucked a touchdown pass to Kevin Screen as the Demons flexed their collective muscle.

Sept. 5 at Glenwood Springs

Glenwood Springs 42, Eagle Valley 21

Eagle Valley 7 0 0 14 ” 21

Glenwood Springs 7 14 14 7 ” 42

Recap: Eagle Valley scored first, but it was all Glenwood Springs from there. The host Demons erupted for 42 unanswered points to score a runaway win over the Devils, who pounded home a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns with the game out of reach. Dakota Stonehouse rushed for two touchdowns and threw for one, while Michael Hudson amassed 140 yards on the ground and three scores. Josh Galvan hauled in Stonehouse’s scoring pass as the Demons rolled through their Class 3A Western Slope League opener.

Sept. 12 at Delta

Glenwood Springs 42, Delta 14

Glenwood Springs 14 28 0 0 ” 42

Delta 0 0 14 0 ” 14

Recap: Scoring 42 points by halftime, the Demons put the mercy rule (running clock) into effect in this one, routing a team that nearly upset Glenwood in 2007’s regular season finale. Michael Hudson racked up 159 yards and three touchdowns to pace the powerhouse Demon offense, while Dakota Stonehouse found Connor Riley with a pair of long touchdown passes.

Sept. 19 at Glenwood Springs

Glenwood Springs 51, Montezuma-Cortez 14

Mont.-Cortez 0 7 0 7 ” 14

Glenwood Springs 27 17 7 0 ” 51

Recap: Another week, another running clock. The Demons scored 27 points in the first quarter and 17 in the second to put the mercy rule into effect and run out the clock on the second half rather quickly. Dakota Stonehouse led that first-half onslaught with three touchdown passes, two to Kevin Screen and another to Bennett Nicola. He also rushed for a touchdown in the second half. Michael Hudson was also on his game, rushing for two scores on just five carries. Glenwood’s Drew Walters got in the points blitz, recovering a punt blocked by teammate Taylor Parsons and scoring a touchdown.

Sept. 26 at Battle Mountain

Glenwood Springs 56, Battle Mountain 7

Glenwood Springs 14 21 14 7 ” 56

Battle Mountain 0 0 0 7 ” 7

Recap: It was a night of efficiency for the Demons, who saw Michael Hudson rush for 221 yards and two touchdowns on just five carries and Dakota Stonehouse complete 10 of 11 passes for 134 yards and two touchdowns, one to Connor Riley and the other to Kevin Screen. Glenwood went up 35-0 by halftime and 49-0 by the end of three. The defense got in on the scoring in this one when Screen returned an interception 97 yards for a touchdown and Jordan Ciani scored from 37 yards out after recovering a fumble. Reserves Tyler Thulson and Luke Jacob got into the box score as well, each rushing for a score late.

Oct. 10 at Glenwood Springs

Glenwood Springs 45, Rifle 0

Rifle 0 0 0 0 ” 0

Glenwood Springs 10 14 21 0 ” 45

Recap: From Clay Hawkins’ 27-yard field goal a few minutes into the game to Josh Galvan’s 64-yard touchdown pass from Dakota Stonehouse late in the third quarter, this night belonged entirely to Glenwood Springs. Sweetening the victory for the Demons: It came against neighboring rival Rifle and it was homecoming. Glenwood sported special black jerseys in this one.

Oct. 18 at Stocker Stadium, Grand Junction

Glenwood Springs 29, Palisade 22

Glenwood Springs 12 3 6 8 ” 29

Palisade 7 8 0 7 ” 22

Recap: After a series of blowouts, the Demons were itching for a challenging game, and a challenging game is what they got against Palisade. Playing on the turf at Mesa State’s Stocker Stadium, the No. 2 Demons and No. 1 Bulldogs traded scores in a back-and-forth affair. A Michael Hudson touchdown run with just under five minutes to go put Glenwood on top for good as the Demons followed with a defensive stand to keep Palisade at bay. Defensive end Aaron Zancanella came through with a pair of big sacks to ice the win. On offense, Dakota Stonehouse ran for a touchdown and hit Kevin Screen with a long scoring pass to pace Glenwood. Hudson ran for a pair of scores. The win moved the Demons up to No. 1 in RockyPreps’ weekly poll, a spot they never relinquished.

Oct. 24 at Glenwood Springs

Glenwood Springs 41, Moffat County 7

Moffat County 0 0 0 7 ” 7

Glenwood Springs 0 35 6 0 ” 41

Recap: Glenwood Springs dominated in all phases of the game in a blowout of visiting Moffat County. Michael Hudson rushed for three touchdowns and 107 yards on just 10 carries, while Dakota Stonehouse ran for two scores and found Kevin Screen with a 41-yard touchdown pass.

Oct. 31 at Steamboat Springs

Glenwood Springs 47, Steamboat Springs 0

Glenwood Springs 14 26 7 0 ” 47

Steamboat Springs 0 0 0 0 ” 0

Recap: Glenwood Springs wrapped up a league title, the school’s second in as many years, with a surprise drubbing of No. 4 Steamboat Springs to end the regular season. Yes, the Demons were favored to win, but putting up 40 points by halftime? It was a statement win for a team that limped into the previous season’s playoffs with a dud of a regular season finale against Delta. The Demons needed 19 fourth-quarter points to beat Delta in 2007 after trailing much of the game. Clearly, they wanted to close the regular season on a stronger note against the Sailors in 2008. Michael Hudson scored three touchdowns and racked up 186 yards on the ground and Dakota Stonehouse rushed for 101 and finished with four touchdowns (three rushing, one passing) as the Demons demolished Steamboat.

Nov. 8 at Glenwood Springs

Glenwood Springs 52, Roosevelt 10

Roosevelt 3 7 0 0 ” 10

Glenwood Springs 21 24 0 7 ” 52

Recap: Glenwood Springs’ first playoff win in nearly 18 years was a sweet one, as the Demons racked up 45 points by halftime in a rout of Roosevelt. Dakota Stonehouse went off, passing for 214 yards and three touchdowns, each to a different receiver. Josh Galvan, Connor Riley and Bennett Nicola each had scoring receptions and Michael Hudson rushed for 115 yards and two touchdowns. Stonehouse, too, rushed for two scores as the Demons overpowered the first of their four Tri-Valley League playoff opponents.

Nov. 15 at Berthoud

Glenwood Springs 50, Berthoud 39

Glenwood Springs 14 15 7 14 ” 50

Berthoud 6 20 6 7 ” 39

Recap: Describing the quarterfinal clash between Berthoud and visiting Glenwood Springs as wild would qualify as an understatement. Both teams had big-numbers quarterbacks with rifle arms and shifty feet. The stats put up by Glenwood’s Dakota Stonehouse and Berthoud’s Jordan Major were jaw-dropping. Stonehouse tossed for 358 yards and four touchdowns on 21-of-28 passing, while Major amassed 317 yards and two scores while completing 27 of 38 passes. Each passer did damage with his legs as well, with Stonehouse grinding out 148 yards rushing and two scores and Major matching that touchdown total while racking up 82 yards on the ground. The teams traded scores most of the day before the Demons put the defending Class 3A champs away in the fourth when Stonehouse found Trey Fox with a cross-field touchdown pass from 37 yards out to go up 43-39. Later, Glenwood’s Aaron Zancanella forced a Berthoud fumble on a kickoff and Glenwood went up 50-39 shortly thereafter on a 16-yard touchdown pass from Stonehouse to Michael Hudson.

Nov. 22 at Glenwood Springs

Glenwood Springs 47, Mountain View 14

Mountain View 0 6 8 0 ” 14

Glenwood Springs 10 14 23 0 ” 47

Recap: For the second time in the playoffs, the Demons treated a huge home crowd to a big win, this one putting Glenwood in the Class 3A final. This game turned in the third quarter when the Demons quashed any hopes of a Mountain View comeback with 23 unanswered points. Perhaps the most dramatic points of that surge came from sophomore middle linebacker Nick Ciani, who snagged a Logan Moore pass out of the air and rumbled 22 yards for a touchdown. That score made it 38-14 and stole whatever hope Mountain View had of a dramatic comeback. Dakota Stonehouse finished with two touchdown passes and a rushing score and Michael Hudson had 116 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown by ground and by air. Kevin Screen hauled in a long touchdown pass from Stonehouse.

Nov. 29 at Legacy Stadium, Aurora (Cherokee Trail High School)

Glenwood Springs 23, Fort Morgan 14

Fort Morgan 0 7 0 7 ” 14

Glenwood Springs 0 10 7 6 ” 23

Recap: The Demons might want to make Nov. 29 a school holiday. Their last two state titles have come on this day. Twenty-eight years from the day Glenwood won it all in 1980, the Demons beat Fort Morgan at Legacy Stadium in Aurora to win the 3A crown. Tears of joy flowed liberally after the clock ran down to zero and Glenwood players took turns kissing their hard-earned golden football trophy. Kevin Screen hauled in a pair of touchdown passes from Dakota Stonehouse, who threw for 202 yards and rushed for 91 and a score. Michael Hudson rushed for 125 yards and converted a big first down with a 32-yard run late in the fourth quarter. Glenwood’s defense showed its mettle in this one, bottling up a hard-nosed Fort Morgan team when it mattered most.


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