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Demons cook up second helping of Bulldog

Dale Shrull
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” In the first quarter, the Glenwood Springs Demons were just compiling all the ingredients preparing for the rest of the game.

After the second quarter started, the Demons were cooking ” ripping off 35 unanswered points on their way to a 41-7 win over Moffat County (3-6, 2-4 WSL) Friday night.

In a dominating display of all three phases of the game, Glenwood showed why they are undefeated and atop the Class 3A rankings.

Senior receiver Kevin Screen was the ignitior of virtually every scoring drive for the Demons. The slippery and elusive special teams dynamo had punt returns of 21, 48, 24 and 29 yards in the first half. To start the second half, he chipped in with a 42-yard kick return.

“We work on (special teams) all week, so we’re always ready,” Screen said.

When he wasn’t dazzling defenders with his feet, he used his hands to snare a 41-yard TD pass from Dakota Stonehouse to give the Demons a 28-0 lead.

The Demons started slow, and Stonehouse said they were a little flat, having the 3-5 Bulldogs sandwiched between the Demons’ top two rivals for the Western Slope League crown ” Palisade last week (a 29-22 win) and Steamboat Springs next Friday.

It was the Glenwood defense that kept the Bulldogs off the board in the first quarter.

Led by Jordan Ciani and Aaron Zancanella the Demons stiffened to thwart two Bulldog drives.

“We didn’t want to give them any momentum early,. We were a little flat but we pulled it together,” Ciani said. The senior linebacker was all over the field making tackles, sacks and pouncing on a fumble.

With the Bulldogs looking at a third-and-goal from the 7, Zancanella made a key fumble recovery to halt the drive late in the first.

That’s when the Demon offense started chewing up land like an out-of-control strip mining operation. The Demons’ first score was lightning quick. But the potent Glenwood air attack with Stonehouse at the trigger was still in the holster and remained there most of the game.

The Demons blazed 82 yards in just five plays, all on the ground.

Senior running back Michael Hudson, who went over 1,000 yards on the season, had a tackle-breaking 18-yard run. Then Stonehouse turned in a patient run following his blockers for 25 yards, followed by another scramble of 21. Then Hudson found a big hole and powered his way in for the score from 15 yards out.

Hudson finished with 107 yards on just 10 carries and scored on runs of 15, 1 and 5 yards.

He also turned in a couple of key blocks including one where he obliterated a defender on Screen’s 48-yard punt return.

It took a while for the Demon offense to find its rhythm, partly due to only having the ball once in the first quarter ” which led to a missed 38-yard field goal. Once the offense started clicking, it was sweet music to the Demon faithful at Stubler Memorial Field.

Throwing sparingly, the Demons were in complete control by halftime. Stonehouse ended the game 7 of 9 passing for 136 yards ” all the first half. He did most of his damage and gathered the most wows with his feet, including a fancy cross-over dribble inside the 10.

Facing a third-and-goal from the 5 with only :29 remaining until halftime, Stonehouse dropped the shotgun snap, but quickly snatched it up, lowered his head, and with his offensive line helping clear the way, the senior powered his way into the end zone for a 35-0 lead.

Earlier in the second quarter Stonehouse ran a quarterback draw from the 17 and put a different spin on the Demons’ air attack. After getting inside the 5, seeing his path blocked, Stonehouse went airborne, launching himself into a pair of defenders and landing in the end zone. Senior wide receiver Bennett Nicola chipped in on that drive with a big 36-yard reception where he almost broke free for the score, being tackled at the 5.

Stonehouse said he doesn’t mind having the passing game as the second option in their powerful offense.

“It really doesn’t matter to me. We want to have a balanced attack,” said Stonehouse, who finished with 68 yards on four carries, two of which were touchdowns.

The Demons’ starters played just the first series in the third quarter. After Hudson blasted off for a 41-yard run, he would later score on a 5-yard scamper to end the scoring for the Demons.

For Screen, the big game was satisfying but still a little frustrating. He finished with 229 all-purpose yards but never found the end zone with any of his long kick returns. He’s still without a special teams TD this year.

“I’ve been so close,” he said with a smile. We’ve really worked all season and I’ve been just one or two guys away from breaking one.”

The focus now shifts to the regular season finale next Friday in Steamboat, who defeated Moffat 43-7 last week and improved to 8-1 overall with a 49-36 non-league win over Buena Vista Friday night. The Sailors lone loss this year was to Palisade. The Demons are right where they were last year. Undefeated (9-0, 7-0) and poised to claim the league title with a win over Steamboat.

“Steamboat is a real good team,” Glenwood coach Rocky Whitworth said. “We’re going to have to go there, which is always tough, and we’re going to have play a very good game if we want to win.”

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