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Demons gear up for Sterling

Joelle MilholmGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado
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Playoffs, playoffs, playoffs.That’s all the Demons are thinking about.That’s probably because on Saturday Glenwood will play in its second playoff game in 17 years. “Everything is about the playoffs,” said quarterback Dakota Stonehouse. “At school (we’re thinking about it), we’re watching film during lunch, everybody’s thinking about the playoffs.”

Both of the Demons’ postseason appearances feature the same matchup: Glenwood vs. Sterling. In 2004, the game was in Sterling, where the favored Tigers knocked Glenwood out of the playoffs with a 25-10 win despite the fact that the Demons started the game with a 10-0 lead.This year, the tables have turned. The 10-0 Demons are the favorites over the 6-4 Tigers, and the game will be played at Stubler Memorial Field.”We are looking forward to it,” said Glenwood head coach Rocky Whitworth. “We made the trip a few years ago and now they can make it.”Stonehouse has been the leader for the Demons, having completed 130 of 203 passes for 2,141 yards and 29 touchdowns and rushing for 16 more scores. Stonehouse has many targets to chose from with the speedy, sure-handed wideouts list including Connor Riley, Lance Tsosie, Donnie Jennert, Kevin Screen, Bennett Nicola and Alex McPherson.Against Sterling, Stonehouse plans on sticking to what he’s been doing all season.

“We just are going to play like a team, play for each other,” the junior said. “That’s what we have been doing all year, we don’t need to do anything different.”Sterling has a little more size than the smaller, faster Demons, but Whitworth feels Glenwood’s seen some of that during the regular season against the Western Slope League.”Their lineman are really strong, they have two or three guys (that are pretty big), but that is kinda like our league, too,” Whitworth said. “Everybody, like Moffat, Delta, big guys that kinda work us over a little bit and then we are able to deal with them after a while and find ways. That’s what we’ve done all year, just find a way.”Sterling is a traditionally strong football team in Colorado and among its many trips to the postseason, finished as runner-up in 2004 after losing 7-6 to Rifle.



“Their program is really one of the strongest and most consistent there has been,” Whitworth said of the Tigers. “It’s a great community, they have a beautiful stadium, their football team has been part of the community for years and so their players have come through that tradition and they are very steady and strong.”This year, the Tigers have been led by running back Lee Meisner who’s rushed for 1,015 yards and 10 TDs. Glenwood running back Michael Hudson has also had a good year running the ball, but has been limited in the last two games with an ankle injury. Although Glenwood trainer Marni Barton thinks he’ll be OK to play, Whitworth is still waiting to make the call.”It will be a game-day decision,” he said. “We haven’t worked him a whole lot.”The Demons will have to keep an eye on Sterling defensive end Jordan Roche, who has seven interceptions on the year. Whitworth and his coaching staff have studied the Tigers all week and are implementing a game plan for Saturday’s big showdown.”Every week we have to look at the full picture of what may happen to us and what we can do and try and practice things that get us into positions where we can either outnumber our opponents or get into positions where we can have success,” Whitworth said. “We generally do not dictate what happens, so we have to adjust and use our speed. We are just not a big, physical team. We are a speed team. So that’s kinda the nature of our game.”


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