Bulldogs take bite out of Glenwood in 35-0 win
GRAND JUNCTION – It didn’t take the Glenwood Springs football team much time to find out they were going to have a long night against Palisade.
The host Bulldogs converted the opening kickoff for a touchdown and Travis Bounds did the rest in a 35-0 blowout victory against an overwhelmed Demon defense.
Bounds scored the first of his four touchdowns on Palisade’s first offensive series of the game, capping a nine-play, 76-yard drive with a 1-yard run.
And the Bulldogs were off to the races.
The junior fullback’s 73-yard touchdown run halfway into the second quarter gave Palisade a 21-0 lead, and put the game in the refrigerator.
Bounds ended the game with a season-high 203 yards on 21 carries. His rushing yardage outgained Glenwood’s total offense by 50 yards.
The Demons got beyond midfield once in the game. That came late in the fourth quarter, and they came up empty.
With the game well in hand Palisade coach Todd Casebier sent in the subs and the Demon offense began to move.
Quarterback Chris Toler found Adam Vincent in a seam and connected. The play clicked for a 39-yard gain to the Bulldog 33. Palisade’s defense quashed any hopes of the Demons scoring by forcing three consecutive incomplete passes.
That, combined with a Toler intentional grounding penalty when he spiked the ball, left Glenwood with a fourth-and-long situation just inside midfield.
Toler, who went 4-of-12 for 68 yards passing, managed to find Mike Hoban for a 17-yard gain. The play, however, fell 10 yards short of a drive-sustaining first down.
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