Demons fall at home to Panthers in close game
The Panthers of Harrison High School in Colorado Springs jumped out to a 22-0 lead at halftime behind the dual threat running of speedsters Aumiere Shedrick and Ramone Daley, and held on for a 22-7 victory over the Glenwood Demons on a chilly Friday evening at Stubler Memorial Field.
Daley rumbled for 89 yards and two touchdowns in the first half alone, and Shedrick racked up an almost identical total in the first 24 minutes of play as he scored a touchdown of his own on 86 yards rushing. A major contributing factor to Glenwood’s first half offensive woes was a total of 0 net yards rushing on eleven attempts at the line of scrimmage.
The Demons, with defensive coordinator Neil Goluba filling in for coach Rocky Whitworth, who was attending his son’s wedding, could not slow down the Harrison rushing game as large holes greeted Shedrick, Daley and senior Nate Patterson as the Panthers mounted scoring drives of 73 yards on seven plays, and 77 yards on nine plays, to jump on top of Glenwood 14-0 with 9:02 left in the second quarter.
Harrison’s final score of the first half, and what turned out to be their final score of the game, came with 2:14 left until halftime, as Daley plunged off tackle for a 56-yard touchdown run. Panther quarterback Orlando Westbrook carried in the two-point conversion for the halftime total.
Glenwood’s lone big play in the first half of the game came on a 28-yard pass from senior quarterback Jake Townsley to sophomore receiver Miguel Herrera that set up the Demons nicely at the Harrison 21-yard line. The deep drive into enemy territory stalled on a fourth down pass attempt from Townsley to Luke Patch, and the home team headed for the locker room facing a three touchdown deficit.
Following some halftime adjustments by Goluba and his staff, the Demons came out for the second half of play a much different team.
The Glenwood eleven on the defensive side of the ball, playing with renewed spirit and pluck, put the clamps on Shedrick and Daley for much of the rest of the evening, as the two Panthers were held far below the damage they had done in the first half.
Demon running back Easton Gaddis, who had trouble getting out of his own backfield early in the game, decided to come alive also, as he took a handoff from Townsley with 11:04 showing on the fourth quarter clock, and shed a few Harrison tacklers en route to a 78-yard score in the south end zone to get Glenwood on the scoreboard.
Once again, it was the Demon defense rising to the occasion as Miguel Herrera intercepted a Westbrook pass at the Glenwood 21-yard line to give the Demons the ball back, and some hope for a late game miracle.
Driving toward a second score of the half, Gaddis broke away for a run of 25 yards, and Townsley hooked up with his favorite target, sophomore receiver Luke Gair, for a sizeable gain to put Glenwood at the Harrison 16-yard line.
It was not to be for the Demons though, as a Townsley keeper on fourth down near the Panther goal line came up inches short of a first down, and Glenwood was forced to turn the ball back over to the visitors. From that point, Harrison was able to pick up a couple of rushing first downs and run out the clock on the Demons.
The impressive second half for Gaddis netted him 126 yards rushing on 13 carries. Shedrick led the way for all rushers with a total of 171 yards on 23 carries and two touchdowns.
For an ever-improving Glenwood team (1-3), a home date with Pueblo Central is on tap next Friday night, before a conference-opening trip to Grand Junction’s Stocker Stadium on Thursday, October 6 to face the league favorite, and state-ranked Palisade Bulldogs.
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