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Demon defense unmerciful against Rough Riders

Dale Shrulldshrull@postindependent.comPost IndependentGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado When the final score is 52-10, its easy to forget about the defense.On Saturday, the offense might have been the high-powered sports car, but it was the defense that was the monster truck, punishing everything it its way.The aggressive, quick and hard-hitting, gang tackling defense swarmed the Roosevelt offense like a posse of paparazzi hovering around a Lindsay Lohan car crash. In the first half, while the Glenwood offense was treating the scoreboard like a pinball machine, the defense was downright rude to Roosevelt.One first down, one fluke touchdown and one field goal after a long punt return thats all Roosevelt could muster in the first half.The touchdown was an 86-yard pass that ricocheted off the hand of Glenwood defense back Kevin Screen right into the hands of Marcus Holguin, who didnt break stride as he cruised the last 50 yards into end zone.For the game, it was anything but smooth for the Rough Riders. They finished with minus-42 yards rushing and 128 yards total offense. Without the long TD, that total was a minuscule 42 yards.Led by linebackers Aaron Zancanella, Jordan Ciani and Kennan Hartert, and defensive backs Garrett Kobobel and Drew Walters, the Demons defense turned in an unmerciful pummeling. If this would have been a fight, the referee would have stopped it early. This was a dominating knockout. It was well-fought game, we had a great defensive game, and the coaches prepared us so well, Zancanella said.Defense coordinator Neil Goluba, who is also a Glenwood alum, said the offense is a big factor in helping the defense.The offense helps us a lot, it keeps us off the field and rested. We just say the offense is doing their job now we need to do our job. We just want to get off the field as soon as we can so we can get the offense back out there, he said.Hartert said the goal is to get the offense back on the field so they can change the scoreboard.As a defense a lot of our job is to take away (the opponents) momentum and thats what we did today. If everybody plays hard and were well prepared, theres not a lot that can go wrong, he said.Defensively, the Demons brought pressure from all different angles harassing the Roosevelt quarterback every time he looked to pass. We dont have a lot of size, so we use our speed and we try and go after people, Goluba said.When the offense scores 52 points, it might be easy to overlook the defense, but this group doesnt mind. The only thing that matters is the win.Its great to have the offense inspire the defense and back and forth, we just played for each other the whole way through, Zancanella said.


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