Demons corral Carlquist, Panthers
Post Independent Staff
DELTA – The wishbone-T system the Glenwood Springs offense uses is not fancy, but the Demons believe in it.
And, most importantly, it works.
On Friday, Glenwood’s methodical, ground-control, offense churned out three touchdowns for a 21-14 victory over Delta in Class 3A Western Slope Conference football action here Friday.
Although the Demons (2-3 WSC, 3-5 overall) never trailed, it took their defense to seal the win.
“Our game plan was to take (Delta quarterback Blake) Carlquist out and hang on,” said head coach Craig Denney.
And the Demons got the job done.
On Delta’s potential game-tying drive the Demons’ Dustin Braeger broke up a Carlquist’s third-down pass intended for receiver Curtis Englehart inside the Demons’ 10, and Anthony Lockwood was unable to stay in bounds on the desperation fourth-down attempt to seal the victory.
“Carlquist is a great quarterback and you have to control him,” Denney said. “That was our scheme. You have to keep him corralled. He’s an amazing athlete.”
Carlquist still managed to put up some solid numbers, but not enough. Carlquist threw for one touchdown, ran for another and had 203 of the Panthers’ 284 total offensive yards.
The Demons used three runners for most of their offense.
Adam Vincent, Matt Wilson and Mike Hoban scored touchdowns. As a team, Glenwood amassed 230 total yards, all on the ground.
“We knew we could run the ball at them,” Denney said. “Our offensive line’s pretty darn good. We give it to a back and they make things happen.”
Vincent led the team with 86 yards on 19 carriers. Hoban had 65 yards on 15 rushes, while Wilson had 61 yards on 14 carries.
A 17-play Demon drive that ended on a 50-yard missed field-goal attempt by Joe Schreiner was the best scoring opportunity in the scoreless first quarter.
Then the Demon defense got nasty.
On Delta’s first offensive play after the missed kick, Braeger jumped on a Brett Christie fumble.
It took Glenwood three plays to convert the turnover into points.
Starting from the Panther 20, Vincent ripped through the Delta line for 11 yards. Wilson broke the scoreless tie on a 1-yard run two plays later with 9 minutes, 43 seconds left in the second quarter.
Schreiner added the point-after, and it didn’t take long for the Demons to add to their lead.
With 6:33 left in the quarter, Glenwood’s defense forced Delta to punt from their 12-yard line.
Operating from midfield, Glenwood used 11 straight running plays to score its second touchdown.
Hoban’s 6-yard bolt gave the Demons a 14-0 lead with 1:35 left before intermission.
But Delta mounted a comeback.
Carlquist carved Glenwood’s lead to 14-6 when he hit Lockwood on a 15-yard touchdown pass as time expired.
The play capped a 9-play, 74-yard march, highlighted by Carlquist passes of 23 and 34 yards.
A fourth-down stop at midfield led to Glenwood’s final touchdown.
Wilson and Vincent each had drive-sustaining first downs in the six-play drive capped by Vincent’s 1-yard plunge with 7:02 left in the third quarter.
Up 21-6, the Demons saw Delta challenge their lead again.
Carlquist scored on a 4-yard keeper in an eight-play, 79-yard drive after the kickoff to get within seven points. Christie ran in the two-point conversion to cut the Demon lead to 21-14.
In the fourth period Glenwood mounted one last long drive that lasted nearly six minutes, but fizzled out on Delta’s 39.
Braeger, punting in place of injured starter Thomas Suazo pooched the ball to the 11.
Delta reached the Demon 44 before Braeger’s breakup followed by a fourth-down pass was caught out of bounds by Lockwood with 1:34 remaining.
Glenwood plays nonconference opponent Battle Mountain in their final home game of the year Friday, then wraps up the regular season on Halloween night at Rifle.
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