Demon interceptions burn Devils’ chances
Every time Eagle Valley looked like they were getting back in the game, Tayler Larson put a stop to it. Picking off two passes, one in Glenwood’s end zone and another when the Devils were only two yards away from scoring, the junior led Glenwood in a 28-14 victory in the Demon-Devil, Western Slope League showdown on Friday the 13th.With both teams entering the game with 2-2 WSL records and in the middle of the standings, the win put Glenwood (3-2 WSL) right back in the postseason race.
“This is a great win,” Larson said. “We have a chance now for the playoffs.”Glenwood carried a 21-6 lead into halftime, but the margin shrank quickly as Eagle Valley scored on its first possession in the second half. Quarterback Mike Medsker scored on a 1-yard run, then found Justin VanVoorst for a 2-point conversion to make the score 21-14. The Devils started driving again in the closing minutes of the third quarter, rattling off four first downs in a row and getting to the Glenwood 24-yard line. Medsker dropped back on second down and, instead of finding a Devil, found Larson.”We were in a zone (defense) and I just stuck to my area and read the quarterback’s eyes,” Larson said. “We had a lot of pressure from the line, that was helping a ton. He’d get pressured into throwing bad balls and I’d just read what he gave me.”
Then Glenwood quarterback Dakota Stonehouse took over. Marching the Demons 98 yards down the field, the sophomore, with help from runs by Barrett Jensen and Alex McPherson, gave Glenwood some breathing room with a 31-yard touchdown run. Up 28-14, Glenwood’s defense took care of the rest.The Demons left the Devils with a fourth-and-four situation and shut down Brendon Best with a carry of two yards, forcing Eagle Valley to turn it over on downs.”You gotta give it to Glenwood, said Eagle Valley head coach Joe Ramunno. “We didn’t make the plays when we had to. We had a chance in the third quarter and couldn’t get it.”Eagle Valley got one more chance to score at the end of the game, but Larson smacked down one pass and McPherson deflected the last to seal the victory.
Stonehouse went 16-24 in the game with 257 yards and two touchdown passes, the longest being a 75-yard bomb to Kevin Screen in the second quarter. The duo connected in the first quarter on a 21-yard TD pass and Screen totaled 141 yards on five receptions.Jensen carried the ball 125 yards on 19 carries in Glenwood’s first 100-yard running performance of the season. He also scored on a 2-yard run on the first drive of the game. Plagued by 13 penalties that cost the Demons 89 yards, Glenwood head coach Rocky Whitworth saw areas for his team to improve.”We were expecting a close game, but we weren’t expecting that many penalties and mistakes,” he said. “That really put a cloud on it, so we really have a lot to improve upon.”
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