Ciani brothers living the gridiron dream
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado Nick and Jordan Ciani are living a dream few siblings will ever know.Theyre not only playing on the same team a team that happens to be headed to the 3A state championship football game but they play right beside each other in the heart of the Glenwood Springs defense.Nick, a sophomore, plays middle linebacker and his senior brother Jordan is an outside linebacker, and both have had their fair share of big games.Perhaps none bigger than Saturdays semifinal win over Mountain View.While Jordan flew all over the field making tackles, he also took pride is his younger brothers heroics.Nick not only forced a first-quarter fumble but returned an interception 22 yards for a touchdown to help put the visiting Mountain Lions away.He earned his keep doing that, Jordan, a team captain, said lightheartedly. He truly did. He stepped up against Montrose (in the season opener) and has just been playing through the motions. Hes stepped in there and done a great job.Better than any big play Jordan or his little brother have made or will make is the act of simply stepping on the same field together.Its one of the greatest feelings in the world, he said. I dont think many in the world get to experience it. I get to experience my brother yelling at me and Im yelling right back at him, next to him. Thats a great feeling.But, as both brothers stress, the Demon experience is more than just about them. Its about the team, a team full of brothers.I love playing with my brother, Nick said, adding, and with Keenan (Hartert), Mo (Moses Galvan), Zanc (Aaron Zancanella) and Kevin (Screen).For the record, those are just a few of the Cianis cohorts on the defensive side of the ball, with whom the Cianis helped shut down Mountain View on Saturday.Nicks words echoed those of his father, whose pride beamed not only for his sons but for each and every Demon.Im proud of the entire team, said Carl Ciani, who was part of a football team growing up that won a Nebraska high school state football title. The whole teams fought hard for each other and covered for each other. You know, its just a wonderful experience for everyone.The elder Ciani, who works the clock at Glenwood home games Saturdays included said seeing his sons suit up on the varsity team together is indescribably wonderful for him and his wife, Becky.Adding a state title game appearance to the mix would only sweeten the feeling.It was always a dream to have them maybe one day playing together, he said. Theyve worked really hard at it, as have the rest of the kids. Its a wonderful experience that doesnt happen often in a kids life.Note: Glenwood Springs offensive/defensive lineman Moses Galvan and his wide receiver/defensive back brother Josh Galvan are also siblings on the varsity team.
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Montrose will pose a tough challenge for the Demons to win their home tournament. “They’re a team that every year has a well-disciplined program that executes, plays hard and is well-coached,” Glenwood coach Fred Heisel said. “It’s going to be a lot of fun.” Game time is 2:30 p.m. at Spencer-Chavez Gymnasium at GSHS.