Demons have no problem with Panthers
Special to the Post Independent
The scoreboard at Stubler Memorial Field only worked for the second half, but the Glenwood Demons football team put in a full 48 minutes in a 28-0 rout of the Montezuma-Cortez Panthers.
“We really needed a victory to give us life,” said Demons head coach Rocky Whitworth. “We’re still finding our identity.”
Glenwood struck first in the second quarter with a 43-yard field goal by Dylan Weller.
The Demons defense, tough all night, stopped Cortez and forced a punt to regain the ball for their offense with 7 minutes left in the half.
The Panthers defensive line forced Glenwood into third-and-long after stuffing two consecutive run plays. But on the next play quarterback Eric Lundin took advantage of a confused secondary with a touchdown pass to Jeremy Christner, who ran down the sideline 75 yards for a 9-0 lead after an earlier field goal by Dylan Weller.
Christner sealed the half with an interception on the final play, sending Cortez to the locker room on a down note and trailing by nine points.
The Panthers defense didn’t get much rest for the remainder of the game, but they wouldn’t have to face Lundin for much longer. Just two minutes into the third quarter, Lundin went down on a quarterback keeper and came back up clutching his left ankle. He could be seen several minutes later pacing the sideline with his shoe off and ankle taped. Lundin declined to comment on the injury.
Glenwood’s Nathan Forristall gave the Demons a little 15-0 cushion with their starting quarterback sidelined, returning an interception of Darren Wayman 10 yards for the touchdown.
Dakota Stonehouse entered the game at quarterback for Glenwood and played nearly all of the second half, giving the home crowd a glimpse of the future of Demons football. The freshman handled himself with poise, and although the offense protected their lead by running the ball, Stonehouse capitalized on the few throwing plays Whitworth called in the second half.
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One such pass came after a momentary glimmer of hope for Cortez. Panthers kick returner Bryan Kop ran one back for 85 yards and a score, only to see it nullified by a personal foul penalty.
Stonehouse, looking at a long third-and-18 in the third quarter, kept the drive alive with a 28-yard strike to Christner on a post pattern. The Demons went on to score and took a 22-0 lead with 2 minutes left in the third quarter. Cortez would not recover from the turnaround.
Not that the Demons had any intentions of letting them. In the fourth quarter, Glenwood played good possession football and effectively ticked off the minutes when it had the ball on offense.
“We played really physically on offense and ran a lot,” said Whitworth. “We really controlled the ball well.”
With the victory, Glenwood improves its Western Slope League record to 2-3 (2-5 overall). The Panthers drop to 2-3 in the league and 2-5 overall.
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