Demons bypass Huskies, look to Palisade
EAGLE-VAIL, Colo. ” Coming off a 42-0 win against Rifle and with a much-anticipated Homecoming game with Palisade next week, Glenwood Springs did not get ahead of itself Friday night.
Bookended by two Battle Mountain touchdowns, the visiting Demons erupted for 46 points in a 46-13 win over the Huskies at Phelan Field, setting up a Homecoming showdown with the Bulldogs in a week.
“We took it game by game,” Demons quarterback Dakota Stonehouse said. “We know these guys are good. We had to prepare for this game, and now we have to get ready for Palisade.”
Stonehouse certainly looked prepared. The junior came as advertised, completing 12-of-17 passes for 190 yards with four touchdown passes, as well as eight carries for 90 yards and another score in essentially just one half.
“I would like to see if there’s a better quarterback in the state,” Huskies coach Jason Sedlak said. “I say that even though he’s just a junior. Back in the pocket, you cannot rattle him. If you let him get out and run, look out. He’s a good athlete.”
Battle Mountain took an early 6-0 lead on a 61-yard pass from Jeremy Windham to Todd Walker, who made a great catch on the play. Then, Glenwood got going.
The Demons’ Michael Hudson rambled 48 yards, and Stonehouse called his own number from Huskies’ 8 to tie the game at six.
The Huskies did make a game of it penetrating deep into Demons’ territory for the third time Friday” a missed field goal ended Battle Mountain’s first drive ” but a Walker fumble gave the Demons the ball on their own 12. Glenwood needed eight plays to march 88 yards.
Stonehouse connected with Conner Riley for an 8-yard TD pass. A good punt return have the Demons a short field on their next drive and they needed only two plays.
Lance Tsosie hauled in a 9-yarder from Stonehouse, and the Demons were rolling.
Late in the second quarter, Glenwood got the ball at midfield. After running the ball twice for 15 yards, Stonehouse fired a 35-yard touchdown to Riley. Battle Mountain wasn’t able to run out the clock, and gave Stonehouse and the Demons the ball with 1:29 left in the half.
With two timeouts, that was more than enough to make it 33-6 at intermission. Stonehouse clicked off nice passes to Hudson and Riley to get down to the Huskies’ 24. On third-and-10 from the 24, Stonehouse found Kevin Screen, who made a spectacular catch for six.
“Just an awesome catch by him,” Stonehouse said. “He’s an awesome player. He’s an athletic kid who made a great play.”
“We just got some big plays from Dakota, and Mike Hudson starting coming through and running the ball,” Demons coach Rocky Whitworth said. “But for us, we hang our hat on our defense. As they play, we play.”
To start the second half, Stonehouse handed off to Hudson on Glenwood’s first two possessions. Hudson pounded it in twice, capping a night of 15 carries for 133 yards.
Battle Mountain actually led early against the Demons. The Huskies used a nifty fake punt on a fourth down at the 50 when Windham hooked up with Walker for a 23-yard gain.
The Huskies’ first drive ended on a missed field goal by Cody Hervert. After the bomb from Windham to Walker, the Huskies were knocking on the door again, but a fumble snuffed out Battle Mountain’s scoring hopes.
“I think our game plan was very sound,” Sedlak said. “Our kids were very pumped up and ready to go. The biggest problem was that was an awesome football team we just played. If they are not the No. 1 team in the state, I want to see who is.”
“I thought we came out kind of slow,” Whitworth said. “We weren’t executing, but Battle Mountain came out and really played well, moved the ball, executed like no other team has on our defense. Hats off to them.”
What hurt Battle Mountain was equally, if not more painful, to Huskies running back Ryan Hedrick. He bruised his ribs on Battle Mountain’s third possession, and was done for the game.
“What obviously hurt us was when Ryan was out of the game,” Sedlak said. “It really turned into a bunch of trying to get Todd the ball in any manner possible. We were pretty successful at that. But Ryan being out changed the complexion of the game.”
Walker did an admirable job, carrying the ball 14 times for 105 yards. He also caught a a 30-yard touchdown pass from Windham with 3:36 left in the game.
Battle Mountain (1-4 overall and 1-3 in the 3A Slope) travels to Rifle Friday, while Glenwood (5-0, 3-0) hosts Palisade.
“Words can’t describe it,” Stonehouse said. “We’re pumped for them.”
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