Demons down Sailors, start waiting game |

Demons down Sailors, start waiting game

Glenwood Springs quarterback Dante Sparaco tries to evade Steamboat Springs senior Mitch McCannon in the first half of the Demons' 42-28 win Friday night in Steamboat. Sparaco accounted for three touchdowns in the win.
Ben Ingersoll / Steamboat Pilot & Today |

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — In a regular-season finale where the Glenwood Springs High School football team was good but not great, the Demons were good enough, and now the waiting game begins.

Glenwood jumped all over Steamboat Springs on Friday night on the road, building as much as a three-touchdown lead in the first half. The three-score margin proved to be enough as the Demons held off a bit of a late Sailors rally to win, 42-28.

Now, coach Rocky Whitworth and company have to wait and see how everything shakes out in the Class 3A wildcard playoff points. Heading into Friday, the Demons sat in the 16th slot. With only 16 teams making the postseason bracket, Glenwood had little room for error.

“We have a decent chance. I’d say more than a 50-50 chance,” Whitworth said after the game. “We’ll probably be a bottom seed. That’s OK. When you get to the playoffs, anything can happen.”

“We’ll probably be a bottom seed. That’s OK. When you get to the playoffs, anything can happen.”
Rocky Whitworth
Glenwood Springs High football coach

The Demons looked much like their first-half-of-the-season selves through quarters one and two in Steamboat Springs, churning up 282 first-half yards to the Sailors’ 84. Glenwood sophomore quarterback Dante Sparaco had 128 passing yards with a score, and 87 more on the ground with a pair of touchdowns at the break.

But then Steamboat found some life, thanks in large part to the Demons’ two turnovers in the second half. The Sailors got within two touchdowns three different times after Glenwood’s big opening rally, but Sparaco helped his team pile on 450 total yards when it was all said and done.

After climbing up to as high as No. 10 in the Colorado High School Activities Association rankings, the Demons slipped up a bit, nursing some injuries to key starters in all three phases of the game. Losing two of its last three games, the road contest with Steamboat proved as a must-win scenario for Glenwood to have any shot at advancing to the state playoffs for a second straight season.

“We’ve just had missing guys all season long,” Whitworth said. “Our starting kicker is gone, our starting tackle and starting defensive end — all gone. It’s the same kid, but that kind of adversity was hard to work through, but they did.”

If Glenwood does advance when the bracket is announced Sunday, the Demons will likely face off with undefeated Discovery Canyon in Round 1.

And if they don’t advance, Friday night’s win sent out the Demons’ 18 seniors winners, including Luke Prosence, who tallied 85 yards on 15 carries with a pair of touchdowns. Senior Evrett Marr also had a big night as one of Glenwood’s workhorses, carrying the ball 13 times to go along with seven catches and a touchdown grab from Sparaco.

Sparaco finished the night completing 16-of-26 passes for 128 yards, two touchdowns and a late interception. The sophomore quarterback also had 105 yards on the ground with a pair of TD runs.

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