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Demons focus on football, not No. 1 ranking

Casper's Corner
Jeff Caspersen
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Tom Brady dazzled us all with his surgeon-like precision while destroying the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night, but Western Slope football fans had yet another shot to watch their own “little Brady” pick apart a highly regarded Eagle Valley team on Friday night.

That “little Brady” is formally known as Glenwood Springs High School quarterback Dakota Stonehouse, and the numbers this kid is putting up are jaw-dropping.

What did he do to the Devils? Try 339 yards and five touchdowns ” all in the first half. He’s up to 19 TD passes for the year and more than 1,400 yards passing. And he’s completing more than 70 percent of his passes.



What’s scary is that Stonehouse’s numbers could be better. The thing is, with his Demons averaging 40.4 points a game and beating teams by an average margin of nearly 30 points, he and the first team are usually shut down by the third quarter.

Like the Patriots’ star passer, Stonehouse has an seemingly endless arsenal of receivers.



Some are big, like 6-foot-8 Donnie Jennert or Bennett Nicola or Connor Riley, both 6-2. Some are a bit shorter, like Lance Tsosie or Kevin Screen who both measure in at 5-11. But all are quick, sure-handed and reaping the benefits of Stonehouse’s precocious abilities behind center.

“His best quality is that he’s cool all around and so in control of the offense,” Jennert said. “He’s a good leader even though he’s a junior. When he steps on the field, everybody knows to play.”

Like Brady, Stonehouse isn’t easily rattled. The Demon calmly sidesteps blitzes, doesn’t force stupid passes in the face of pressure and just has a poise about him ” both on and off the field.

Like a true leader, Stonehouse says the right things. After beating up on Rifle in the teams’ vaunted Sept. 21 showdown, he couldn’t deflect credit enough, passing praise on to the Demons’ defense and offensive line.

Stonehouse’s absence of a me-first attitude seems to flow team-wide. And I have a feeling that has something to do with head coach Rocky Whitworth, whose voice takes a stern tone when addressing Glenwood’s Class 3A No. 1 ranking by RockyPreps.

“It’s not spoken a word of,” he said. “We’re in uncharted territory for this Glenwood team. We have to take steps to just take each game as they come and never look ahead.”

That’s a solid approach, one that could very well keep the Demons No. 1 until season’s end.

Contact Jeff Caspersen at 384-9123 or jcaspersen@postindependent.com.


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