Current Buffaloes squad brings back pleasant memories
The West Virginia football team tried its best to lose the game with the University of Colorado last Thursday night – and the Mountaineers did.A lack of basic execution on offense, penalties and some questionable clock management at the end spelled doom for the visitors from Morgantown.The Buffs went on to a big victory in overtime, and the students flooded Folsom Field.Colorado coach Dan Hawkins is a good one, and he must be thrilled with his team’s 3-0 start to the season. With as good and knowledgeable of a football man as Hawkins is, though, he has to be a bit torn emotionally. The guy who lines up behind center for the Golden Buffaloes stands 5 feet, 11 inches, has average foot speed and an arm that will not have anyone comparing him to a fellow named Elway.The problem is, the quarterback in question happens to be Hawkins’ son, Cody. You wonder how the situation will play out as the season for CU does the same. The younger Hawkins is, after all, just a sophomore and he is a gutsy, courageous, All-American kid who would run through any wall you put in front of him. Reality though, is that his skills would be better suited to being the starter down the road in Greeley for the UNC Bears rather than for the Big 12 Buffs.While watching the CU/West Virginia game and seeing the tribute being given to former Buffs coach Eddie Crowder on the helmets of the CU players and on the field itself, I was reminded of some trips to Boulder as a boy in the early ’70s when Crowder was the head football coach. Thanks to the generosity of Bill and Jere Bolitho and John and Angie Samuelson, I got to see, in person, many of the great CU teams of that era. Those good folks had football season tickets and would often take me along. I can still remember the beautiful, crisp, October Saturday when the No. 1-ranked team in the nation, the Nebraska Cornhuskers, came to Boulder and I got to be in the stands. The Buffs couldn’t begin to keep up with the corn-fed Huskers, but it’s a day I doubt I will ever forget.I was recently reminded that this season is the 30th anniversary of Glenwood’s first state football championship team. The ’78 Demons were loaded with size and talent. They went 13-1 for the season and handily defeated the Valley Vikings in a snowy December showdown in Glenwood. This year’s Glenwood High football edition may just end up outdoing them, though. Many folks are pulling for it, including several members of that ’78 squad.It was Chris Massaro who made a key play in that title game against Valley when he slipped through the Viking defensive line and blocked a punt attempt and then pounced on it in the visitors’ end zone. The play was a back-breaker for Valley and propelled the Demons to a gold ball and a community celebration.Who knows, maybe there will be a similar scene at Nick Stubler Field this December. I might have to go watch that. Mike Vidakovich is a freelance sports reporter for the Post Independent.
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Amid hundreds of cleat-footed little leaguers casually gathered along the first baseline, the glare of parents’ sunglasses deflecting the early morning sun, coach Troy Phillips began a trip down memory lane.