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Demons lay siege to Sailors

Joel ReichenbergerPilot & TodayGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Matt Stensland Steamboat Pilot
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STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colorado Friday may have marked a rare Halloween without snow in Steamboat Springs. The Steamboat High School football team might swear otherwise, however. The Sailors succumbed to a Glenwood Springs avalanche Friday night at Gardner Field in Steamboat Springs, an ugly start quickly snowballing into the teams worst loss of the season.Glenwood secured the outright Western Slope League championship with the 47-0 rout.Thats a very, very good football team, Steamboat coach Aaron Finch said afterward. We know were a less than perfect football team and they exposed our weaknesses, thats for sure.Demons quarterback Dakota Stonehouse entered the game heralded as one of the top quarterbacks in the state. Itd be a little hard to judge from Fridays game. He barley unleashed his arm. There was no need. Glenwood (10-0, 8-0) found plenty of room to run from the teams first offensive snap.Senior running back Michael Hudson tore up the middle of the field, cutback against the defense 5 yards beyond the line of scrimmage and cruised nearly untouched for an 80-yard touchdown.I watched the gap and looked to my cutback lane and there was no one there, so I just took it, Hudson said. We wanted to win the championship, but it was important to come out and play hard. We did that.It was a remarkable way for Glenwood to make an early statement in a game that pitted the No. 1 ranked Demons against the No. 4 Sailors. It was not, however, an abnormality. Stonehouse scored running from 51 yards out on the first play of the teams next possession.Trailing 14-0 and desperate for a break, Steamboat (8-2, 6-2) finally got one on Glenwoods third offensive play it only went for 20 yards, not a touchdown.The Sailors struggled both to stick with the Demons speedy offensive weapons and to tackle them when they were near.Glenwood, meanwhile, seemed to click in every way possible. It muscled up against the run, defended the pass well and ran Steamboat quarterback Austin Hinder ragged as he constantly was ducking and dodging Demons intent on a sack.They got to him three times in the first half alone and also forced four fumbles.The momentum of the game was so unusual, Glenwood coach Rocky Whitworth said. We had two quick scores and another one fairly quick. The momentum shifted so fast it was hard to keep track of things.Before Hudson ripped off his first touchdown one of three he had in a 201-yard performance the game looked like it had a chance to live up to the hype.Hinder found senior wide receiver Alex Wood on a long third down. Wood cut the sideline, broke through a tackle and flew 73 yards for a touchdown. A block in the back penalty called 35 yards of the play back, however, and the Sailors ended up punting three plays later.Steamboat tried early in the second quarter one final time to get back into it, faking a punt deep in its own territory. The Demons sniffed the plot out and sacked Wood, who had been looking to pass the ball.Stonehouse scored his second running touchdown moments later to give his team a 27-0 lead and slam the door on the game.Our offensive line did a great job and the running backs did a good job cutback running, Whitworth said. Our guys did a good job taking what was given.


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