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Sophomore QB leads balanced Demon attack

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – Faster. Younger. Hungrier.Glenwood Springs hopes to use those traits as a springboard to becoming a playoff contender in 2006 after a disappointing 2005 campaign, which saw them drop to a 3-7 mark after reaching the Class 3A postseason the year before.Head coach Rocky Whitworth said his seniors class is small, but provides good leadership, and a strong showing at team camp has the Demons looking up heading into Friday’s opening game against nonconference foe Roaring Fork.”At camp, almost the whole league was there, and we were able to step in there with a lot of young players with senior leadership and come away from the camp knowing that we can compete,” Whitworth said.It’s a good feeling for the Demons to have, considering the Western Slope Conference, is arguably the toughest league in Class 3A. “Week in, week out, there’s not going to be any rest,” Whitworth said of the 2006 schedule, that includes a Front Range trip to face Class 4A Denver West. “The teams (in the conference) all have very strong programs,” the coach continued. “Rifle, Steamboat, Palisade are almost always the teams to beat. Then everybody else is pushing and growing their programs. Battle Mountain and Cortez are coming on strong.”Five WSC teams – Palisade, Steamboat Springs, Rifle, Moffat County and Eagle Valley – were all ranked in the preseason Top 10 by the Denver Post.Despite an abundance of youth, the Demons have plenty of varsity experience.Sophomore Dakota Stonehouse spent appreciable time at quarterback last fall. And, with a year of seasoning under his belt he’s ready for the role as Glenwood’s full-time field commander.”(Dakota is) a very coachable young guy and he’s very talented,” Whitworth said. “The best thing about him, he’s a hard worker and a competitor. Those things combined tell me that he’s going to have a very fine career here.”Stonehouse attended Colorado State’s summer camp for additional training, which helped his advancement in the position.”Danny Hammerschmidt, the quarterback coach (at CSU) is a friend of mine,” Whitworth noted. “He called me and said Dakota did an outstanding job there. I think, for Dakota, that’s a strong step into the season.”To take advantage of Stonehouse’s passing skills, Glenwood plans to throw the ball more this year.”We’re going to open it this year because of Dakota’s throwing ability,” said Whitworth. “We seem to have a solid crop of receivers and we’ll be a real balanced team. We will be 50 percent throw and 50 percent run, offensively.” Also making strong steps into 2006 are two-way linemen Nate Forristall and Tyler Rossow. “They are our two anchors,” said Whitworth.The defensive secondary features experience in seniors Connor Jackson and David King. Underclassmen Alex McPherson, Connor Riley, Keenan Hartert and Lance Tousie will see time as starters.


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