Brush blows by Demons, 43-22 |

Brush blows by Demons, 43-22

Mike Vidakovich
Glenwood Springs' quarterback Jake Townsley sends a pass down the field on Friday night during the game against Brush High School.
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The Glenwood Springs Demons completed a tough, three-game preseason stretch on Friday night at Stubler Memorial Field, by dropping a hard fought 43-22 decision to the Brush Beetdiggers.

With conference play opening up in one week when Grand Junction Central comes to town, the Demons find themselves in the exact same spot as they did a year ago, sporting an 0-3 record and nursing some nagging injuries that have been a constant bother to start off the new season.

“We’re going to have to find a way to take some major steps forward to get ready for the teams in our conference,” Demons head coach Rocky Whitworth said outside his team’s locker room following the game. “We need to get healthy, because as far as the schedule goes, things aren’t going to get any easier.”

Glenwood had a hard time most of the evening trying to find an answer for Brush senior running back Clay Shaver who scored 4 touchdowns and rushed for 272 yards on 21 carries. It was Shaver who scored on the Beetdiggers’ second play from scrimmage by rambling 27 yards untouched into the end zone to put his team up 7-0 early in the first quarter.

Glenwood quarterback Jake Townsley got down to business and began to march his team down the field. Townsley first found receiver Luke Gair on a 25-yard completion. Townsley then took to the ground, rushing four times for 36 yards, capped off by a 9-yard touchdown jaunt that brought the Demons to within 7-6 at the midway point of the quarter.

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Following a Brush fumble deep in Glenwood territory, Demons receiver Easton Gaddis brought the home crowd to their feet as he took in a short Townsley toss and stutter-stepped along the sideline, then cut to the middle of the field to outrace all Brush defenders en route to a 95-yard touchdown play. The big rumble gave the Demons what would be their only lead of the game at 14-7.

The game’s second quarter would turn into the Clay Shaver show as his touchdown runs of 52 yards and 63 yards would turn his team’s short-lived deficit into a 22-14 Beetdiggers lead at intermission.

Their opponent’s opening drive of the third quarter was the staggering blow the Demons just couldn’t quite recover from. Brush started with the ball on their own 30-yard line and put together a 12-play drive that chewed up nearly seven minutes on the clock. Behind the rushing of Shaver once again, and the final 4-yard touchdown run by Aaron Williams, the Beetdiggers stretched their lead to 29-14.

There was no throwing in the towel on the Glenwood sideline though. The Demon defense stiffened, and forced Brush into a mishandled punt snap. Glenwood got the ball on the Brush 8-yard line, and it took Gaddis exactly one play to dash into the end zone to breathe life into the Demons comeback. Gaddis also scored on the 2-point conversion, and Glenwood had things manageable at 29-22.

Just when there seemed to be some hope for the Demons, Shaver took the ball and ran 57 yards for his final touchdown of the night to give his team the breathing room they needed and put the game out of reach.

There were many bright spots for Glenwood on the evening. Townsley was proficient through the air the entire night and also rushed for 101 yards on 15 carries. Senior running back Matt Osier was a workhorse on the ground for Glenwood. Osier rushed nine times for 63 total yards.

Defending state 2A champion Brush, improved their record to 2-1 with the road victory. Glenwood will host the Warriors from GJ Central at 7 p.m. next Friday night in the opener of the 3A Western Slope League.

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