Another Friday, another top opponent for Demons football
Playing the top three teams in the state during the regular season is a daunting task. Playing the top three teams in consecutive weeks almost seems unfair.Not that it’s bothering the Glenwood Springs High School football team.The Demons have acquitted themselves well through the first two weeks of what could have been a season-shattering portion of their schedule. Glenwood (2-1 Western Slope Conference, 3-2 overall) lost to Class 3A’s No. 1-ranked team, Palisade, by a point two weeks ago, but bounced back to down archrival and No. 2-ranked Rifle last week.Things don’t get easier for tonight’s homecoming matchup against Moffat County, which kicks off at 7 p.m. at Stubler Field. Actually, if one believes Glenwood head coach Rocky Whitworth, things get more difficult against the Bulldogs (4-0, 5-0), ranked No. 3 in the most recent RockyPreps state poll.”It’s been a solid three weeks, and the players have responded and played hard,” Whitworth said. “But (Moffat County) is the most complete team we’ve played so far.”Whitworth points to the Bulldogs’ bruising running attack, which features Kellan Moore with his 783 yards and a per-carry average of almost eight yards. If defenses key on the ground game, quarterback Derek Duran can beat you through the air hooking up with Cory Pike and his 27-yard-per-catch average.The Bulldogs have scored 40 or more in all five of their games, while allowing just 47 points on the season.”With that kind of situation, we’re going to have to execute our best,” Whitworth said.Glenwood may have been able to sneak up on Palisade a little bit, but the secret is out – the Demons can compete with anyone in the state.”(Glenwood) might have the toughest schedule in all of Class 3A these three weeks and they’ve more than held there own,” Moffat County coach Kip Hafey said. “Things are clicking, and coach Whitworth has got them believing in themselves.”Both teams are going in totally expecting to win.”The Demons counter Moffat’s size and physical advantage with team speed.”They have big guys, but I think we’re a lot faster,” Glenwood cornerback Joe Schiavone said.”That’s our gameplan every week – to use athleticism to stop the other team and to move the ball,” Whitworth said.And, without the luxury of a massive offensive line and a grind-it-out style, the emotions of homecoming and team chemistry – something in which the Demons have excelled in recent weeks – will be essential.”To me, its a matter of getting the kids to play for each other,” Whitworth said. “Focus on the performance based on the team, not the individual. In a way it tends to relieve pressure when you’re playing for a teammate rather than for glory or anything else.””To me, its a matter of getting the kids to play for each other,” Whitworth said. “Focus on the performance based on the team, not the individual. In a way it tends to relieve pressure when you’re playing for a teammate rather than for glory or anything else.”
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