Defense gives Glenwood a chance late |

Defense gives Glenwood a chance late

Ashley Jensen
Delta running back Jonny Pounce (bottom) is swarmed by the Glenwood Springs defense during the second half of the Panthers' 13-9 win Saturday in the first round of the 3A state playoffs. The Demons limited the Panthers to just 173 yards of total offense.
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GLENWOOD SPRINGS – Although Glenwood Springs High School’s football team fell to Delta, 13-9, in the quarterfinal round of the Class 3A state playoffs, the Demons’ defense hunkered down to give the team a fighting chance at advancing into the semifinals.

Delta running back Jonny Pounce carried the team with 119 rushing yards in the first half and finished with a game-high 147. Pounce also had touchdown runs of 37 and 59 yards, giving the Panthers a 13-3 first-quarter lead. After a halftime adjustment, however, Glenwood held him to 28 yards in the second half due to the perseverance and driving force from the Demons’ defense.

“I think we made a couple little adjustments at halftime,” Glenwood senior linebacker Garrett Lowe said. “At the beginning of the game we came off strong, and then [Delta] keyed on our mistakes. There were points where we lost concentration, and they took advantage.”

The rain and snow that pelted Stubler Memorial Field didn’t stop the Demons defense from getting fired up. It held the Panthers to only 43 rushing yards in the second half.

“I thought they really limited Pounce except for those two runs,” Delta coach Ben Johnson said. “[Glenwood] did a great job of limiting him and limiting our pass, too.”

Glenwood’s defense also contained Delta quarterback Cade Gafford, limiting him to 14 passing yards the entire game. On Gafford’s only completion of the game — he finished 1-for-6 passing overall — Glenwood’s Justin Barham initially intercepted the pass intended for Delta’s Devin Williams. But Williams sneakily wrestled it back as they battled for possession of the ball, giving the Panthers their one and only completed pass.

“That one pass we completed was an ugly pass,” said Johnson.

The defense fought hard to give the offense opportunities to capitalize and score. “I think we just lost concentration and missed assignments, and they took advantage of it,” said Lowe on the outcome.

In all, Glenwood limited Delta to just 158 yards of total offense. Coming into the game, Delta averaged nearly 394 coming into Saturday’s game.

“They broke off those two big plays early, and then the defense played great,” Glenwood coach Rocky Whitworth said. “But, in a game like this, the difference comes with who can make plays.”

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