Demons fall late to Lobos, 27-17
For the second straight week the Glenwood Springs Demons dropped a tough game late, as the Conifer Lobos pulled away late for a 27-12 victory, Friday.
Trailing 7-6 at the half, the Demons appeared to be in great position to pull off the upset on the road, but the Lobos added two fourth quarter touchdowns to seal the victory.
Under 12th-year head coach Rocky Whitworth, the Demons fall to 0-2 to start the season, with two preseason games left before conference plays starts.
Debuting their home field lights for the first time in school history, the Lobos and Demons played through a scoreless first quarter before both offenses found a groove.
After being shut out in their season opener 17-0 by Erie last week, Glenwood took a 6-0 lead early in the second quarter when Tim Batchelder went in from the one to conclude a 6-play, 65-yard drive. Demon QB Jake Townsley started the drive with a 17-yard completion to Nick Lippman and set up the score with a 32-yard pass to Easton Gaddis and an 8-yard run.
The Demons took a 12-7 lead just after halftime when sophomore linebacker Jack Ries scooped up a Lobo fumble and dashed 40 yards for a touchdown. The attempted two-point conversion run was stopped, however, and that proved costly when Conifer quarterback Matt Aceto snuck in from the one to cap a 90-yard drive for a 13-12 Lobo lead.
Conifer put together a 72-yard drive early in the fourth period to go ahead 19-12 when Jack Prentner broke free from the 32-yard line with eight minutes left in the game. The Demons had held Conifer to 50 yards rushing in the first half, but with many players going both ways and the failure of the offense to control the ball, the Lobos rolled up 175 yards on the ground in the final two quarters.
An errant option pitch recovered by Conifer at the Demon 24 in the fourth quarter set up Kasim Rana’s 9-yard touchdown to seal the game.
Townsley led the Demons with 61 yards rushing in 13 attempts and completed 10-of-18 attempts for 94 yards.
Next Friday Glenwood hosts defending 2A state champion Brush, which defeated the Demons 54-21 last season.
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