At last, it’s the Demons’ ‘turn’ to shine
Did you feel the ground shake a little Friday night?That wasn’t an earthquake. No, a big-time power shift in the Western Slope League football landscape sparked that seismic activity. And Glenwood Springs proved the driving force behind it all.With a 42-0 win over perennial powerhouse Rifle, the Demons further cemented their rightful status among Class 3A’s elite programs.After years and years of getting beaten by the Bears – with an occasional upset win thrown in from time to time – this year Glenwood is the team a step ahead of its western neighbor.Head coach Rocky Whitworth put it best.”More than anything, it’s just our turn,” he said.And the unbeaten Demons, now 4-0 overall and 2-0 in the 3A WSL, are getting the job done in flashy fashion. A well-oiled spread offense with junior quarterback Dakota Stonehouse, a legitimate prep superstar, at the helm did well to confound the visiting Bears on Friday.Join the club.Montezuma-Cortez, Denver West and Roaring Fork know too well what Glenwood, averaging 39.5 points an outing, is capable of. It’s all about a precision passing game that, when on, is virtually unstoppable. Particularly on a Western Slope where grinding, rushing attacks are the norm. And, as an opposing team, how do you replicate what you’re going to see from Glenwood? Unless running the same offense, I don’t see how it’s possible.And when things break down in the passing game, Stonehouse has the legs to scramble and make something out of nothing. He’s also got a talented running back behind him in Michael Hudson.Will the Demons’ brand of ball hold up through the long haul, when rain, snow and slippery conditions show up to complicate the passing game? We’ll see.That’ll all play out down the line. Until then, just enjoy the product Glenwood’s putting on the field. It’s a fun brand of ball that should keep them near the top of Class 3A for the distant future. This offense is nothing new, as Whitworth – in his fourth year at Glenwood – is quick to point out. “We did it last year,” he said. “We’re just a little better at it now.”All signs point to a heck of a tangle when Palisade, RockyPreps’ No. 2 team in Class 3A entering the past weekend, visits Glenwood for an Oct. 5 homecoming brawl. That’ll no doubt be the truest test of where this Demon team, ranked seventh heading into the Rifle game, stands among the state’s best.Said Whitworth: “We’ve got some big guns on the horizon.”And Rifle, still a solid 3-1 overall and 2-1 in the 3A WSL, can’t be counted out of the eventual mix. The Glenwood loss will no doubt drum up a little fire from these guys, though coach Damon Wells insists “it shouldn’t take something like this” to motivate his Bears.And that is the beauty of football. As tough loss can easily serve as fuel for a brighter future.Contact Jeff Caspersen: firstname.lastname@example.org
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