Demons’ defense does in Delta |

Demons’ defense does in Delta

Jon Mitchell
Post Independent Sports Editor
Glenwood Springs's Derrick Chase makes a tackle on Delta's Tyler Sandoval during the first half of Friday night's game at Stubler Memorial field in Glenwood Springs.
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Glenwood Springs 15, Delta 7

Delta 0 0 7 0 — 7

Glenwood Springs 6 3 0 6 — 15

GS — Derrick Chase 1 run (kick failed).

GS — Robert Hiles 32 field goal.

D — Touchdown (fumble recovered by Delta player in end zone), Johnny Mounce kick.

GS — Chase 3 run (kick failed).

GLENWOOD SPRINGS — Henry Hill rushed for 178 yards on 31 carries for Glenwood Springs High School’s football team, which held up on defense in the final minutes to preserve a 15-7 Class 3A Western Slope League victory over the ninth-ranked Delta Panthers at Stubler Memorial Field on a wet and soggy Friday night.

The Demons (2-3 overall, 2-1 league) were stellar on defense, limiting the Panthers (3-2, 2-1) to just 211 yards of total offense. Much of that came in the second half on the Panthers’ final drive of the night, when they drove 54 yards to the Glenwood 20 to come within striking distance in the final seconds of the game.

Derrick Chase scored on touchdown runs of 1 and 3 yards for Glenwood. The Demons also got a 32-yard field goal from Robert Hiles to give them a 9-0 lead early in the game. Delta got 101 rushing yards on 20 carries from sophomore running back Johnny Pounce to keep them in the game.

The victory in the final seconds made for a happy homecoming for Glenwood. The Demons’ boys soccer team defeated Rifle 3-1 on Tuesday, and Glenwood’s volleyball team earned a three-set sweep of Steamboat Springs on Thursday.

After the game, the mass of happy football Demons swarmed to the student section of Stubler, singing the school’s fight song before letting out a raucous cheer.

Delta got the ball for the final time at its own 26 with 1 minute, 56 seconds left, and drove all the way down to Glenwood’s 20 with 12 seconds remaining. But a pass from Cade Gafford to Devin Williams was batted away in the end zone by Glenwood cornerback Evrett Marr with six ticks left, and Gafford fumbled the fourth-and-3 snap at the line of scrimmage to end the game.

Hill nearly matched the offensive output he had against Steamboat Springs this past week, where he had 180 rushing yards in the Demons’ 37-10 win over the Sailors. He had big runs of 22, 11, 13, 22 and 11 yards to keep the chains moving for Glenwood. Chase had the biggest run from scrimmage of the night — a 31-yard scamper in the first half — and finished with 86 yards on 13 carries.

Chase put the Demons up to stay, capping an 11-play, 69-yard drive with his 1-yard TD plunge to cap Glenwood’s opening possession at the 6:56 mark of the first quarter. Hiles’ kick made it 9-0 with his field goal.

Delta got on the board with 7:24 left in the third quarter. Gafford scrambled right on a pass play and was tackled at the 1, but the ball popped up and was ruled a fumble. After the ball bounced around for a moment, it landed in the end zone and was ruled a touchdown after and officials’ conference at the goal line.

Glenwood answered three possessions later, though, as Chase capped a 70-yard drive with his second TD run with 10:02 remaining in the game.

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