Demons fall to Tigers, 29-0
The Glenwood Demons opened their 2019 football season on Friday night by taking on the Holy Family Tigers in Denver.
Glenwood came up short against the Tigers from the 3A North Metro league by a score of 29-0.
Holy Family wasted little time in getting on the scoreboard first as junior return man Trevin Johnson took the opening kickoff 58 yards deep into Demon territory to set up the Tigers in prime scoring position.
With 10:29 showing on the first quarter clock, senior quarterback Calahan Carter found Tiger receiver Braedon Peters for a 7 yard scoring toss. The PAT by Liam Gray put Holy Family up 7-0.
Playing on the artificial turf at Holy Family High School, the Demons would go 3-and-out on their first offensive possession of the night, giving the ball right back to the home team.
The Tigers were marching toward a second score when Glenwood safety Garrett Dollahan came up with a big play for the Demon defense, intercepting a Carter pass at the goal line to stop the Holy Family momentum.
Led by senior quarterback Dylan Albright, Glenwood mounted a 10-play drive in the second period that landed them in Tiger territory. Hopes of a Demon score ended when an Albright pass attempt was picked off by the Holy Family defensive secondary.
Holy Family would put up the last 10 points of the first half on a 46-yard field goal by Gray, and with 1:16 to go until halftime, Johnson took the ball 11 yards into the end zone for a 17-0 Tiger cushion at intermission.
Johnson alone accounted for 92 yards rushing on 15 carries for Holy Family in the first half.
Glenwood got the ball to start the second half, and behind the rushing legs of sophomore Blake Nieslanik, senior Elliot Walz, and Dollahan, the Demons looked to mount a scoring drive to get back in the game. It was not to be though, as the Tiger defense stopped the Demons on 4th down at the Glenwood 42 yard line to snuff out the drive.
The Tigers, coming off a lopsided loss to Pueblo South last Friday, upped the score to 23-0 when senior Ben Nappe gathered in a scoring pass from Carter to put Glenwood into an even deeper hole.
Closing out the third quarter and starting off the fourth, superb Holy Family kicker Liam Gray tacked on another 46-yard field goal and then moved back a few yards to boot a 50 yarder for the final 29-0 Tiger advantage.
Most all of Glenwood’s offensive production on the evening came via the ground game as Dollahan accounted for 58 yards on 10 carries, Nieslanik tallied 31 yards on 8 rushing attempts, and Walz had 25 yards on 7 tries. Johnson rushed 22 times for 125 yards and a touchdown for the Tigers.
Glenwood (0-1) will be at Stubler Memorial Field next Friday night when they will host Harrison High School from Colorado Springs. Kickoff is set for 7pm.
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