Short fields, long returns
Special to the Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – There weren’t many missed opportunities for the Glenwood Springs High School football team’s offensive unit on Saturday.
Not that the Demons had a long way to go. Thanks to the early turnovers and defensive stops, three of Glenwood’s first five possessions began inside Englewood’s 40-yard line. The Demons, as it turns out, scored touchdowns on four of those first five possessions on their way to a 42-0 romp over Englewood in the first round of the Class 3A state playoffs.
“Heck, we got lucky,” said Glenwood senior running back Drew Halsch, whose 99 rushing yards on 11 carries were a game high. “They had that fumble on the first play, and we got a short field for us to punch it in.”
All told, the Demons finished with 264 yards of total offense, well below the 347 yards the team has averaged this year. Their first-half scoring drives, however, took up just 26, 20, 71, 37 and 56 yards. Their final scoring drive, capped by a 13-yard scoring run from Drew Halsch, began at the Englewood 17.
“Things started going great for us right off the bat,” said senior quarterback Luke Jacob, who finished 7-for-11 passing for 88 yards with TD runs of 1 and 4 yards. “We were really nervous after this – I know everyone was. So we were worried that something like that would upset us and make us not play well.
“But then as soon as we got those big turnovers and big plays, that just set the tone.”
The Demons had 210 yards in the first half and were limited to what they could do offensively in the second half. Thanks to the 13-yard TD run from Halsch with 7 minutes, 55 seconds remaining in the third, the mercy rule running clock was put in place to limit possession chances for both teams.
The 71-yard scoring drive – the only substantially long drive the Demons had during the game – was keyed by a 40-yard run from Halsch. He broke through four tackles at the line of scrimmage and, after breaking into the secondary, dragged a pair of defensive backs with him until he was finally stopped at the Englewood 21. Jacob found Willy Pelland alone in the end zone from 19 yards out three plays later, giving Glenwood a three-TD edge at the 11:13 mark of the second quarter.
“Their quarterback is real good, and he was hard to stop today,” Englewood coach Jay Graves said. “Everything else just goes off of him. That’s a real good team that beat us.”
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