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Glenwood Springs senior receiver Connor Riley drew a huge applause as he made a crutch-aided trip out to midfield for the game’s coin toss.

Riley broke his foot against Berthoud last week and his team ” as well as the entire crowd gathered at Stubler Memorial Field ” were behind him.

The Demons actually dedicated the game to Riley, wearing stickers with the receiver’s jersey number ” 81 ” on the back of their helmets.

“He’s our brother,” senior quarterback Dakota Stonehouse said. “He’s a great player and he’s my best friend.”

A recurring theme in Glenwood Springs’ season has been the team’s togetherness. It’s something head coach Rocky Whitworth’s preached from day one and seems to take more pride in than final scores.

“Any time you get a group of kids that play for each other, that’s a victory in itself to me,” he said. “They’re very resilient. They listen to the mantras of staying in the present, you know, and the way they’ve been handling the pressure of things has been good. They’re such a tight-knit bunch.”

When Glenwood meets Fort Morgan in the state title game, it’ll be the fourth straight Tri-Valley League opponent the Demons will have faced in the 3A state playoffs. That’s of particular interest when you consider the team that knocked Glenwood out of the playoffs last year, Sterling, hails from the circuit.

Video and photography slide show and from Demons’ semifinal victory.

Mountain View had the largest student population of any of the final four teams in Class 3A. The Colorado High School Activities Association lists the school, which opened in 2000, with an enrollment of 1,175 students. Next was Fort Morgan (792), then D’Evelyn (650) and Glenwood Springs (620).

Mountain View principal Kevin Aten has Western Slope roots. He used to be the assistant principal at Rifle High School and was also the officiating coordinator for this region.

Olathe joined Glenwood Springs in making the Western Slope proud on Saturday. Behind more than 100 yards from bruising back David Rhodes, the Pirates landed a spot in the 2A championship game with a 14-6 win over Faith Christian.

Olathe will face Erie in the 2A title game at Legacy Stadium in Aurora on Saturday.

Kickoff is scheduled for 11 a.m. Glenwood Springs takes on Fort Morgan at 2:30 p.m. in the 3A championship at the same site.

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