Demons mature in victory over Cortez |

Demons mature in victory over Cortez

Post Independent/Kara K. Pearson

Young teams, like Glenwood Springs, are going to have stages of awkwardness on the way to becoming a cohesive unit. And, sometimes, as in the Demons’ case Friday against Montezuma-Cortez, the steps came and went quicker than expected.In spots during their 21-13 conference win over the Panthers, Glenwood (1-1 overall, 1-0 Western Slope) looked like a mature football team. A few other times, poorly timed penalty calls had the Demons struggling.The mix of Glenwood’s youth and Cortez’s inability to handle the football made for an interesting evening. Glenwood’s youth won out in the end as the Demons made enough plays to hang on.

“This game was one of those where a young team can persevere and hang in there for four quarters. That gives us a little confidence and shows us that we can play for that amount of time and have a little success,” said Glenwood head coach Rocky Whitworth.Cortez running back Tim Hauper caused an early scare when he scored on the game’s first offensive play. Grasping a bobbling ball in the air off quarterback Darren Wayman’s fumble, the Panther raced 83 unimpeded yards for a score.Demons quarterback Dakota Stonehouse responded by fashioning a six-play, 74-yard scoring drive late in the first quarter. To keep things moving, the sophomore hit on three straight first-down passes of 32, 12 and 17 yards to move down to the Cortez 11.

Glenwood running back Barrett Jensen took over from there. Two runs later, the senior tied the game when he punched over from the Panthers 4-yard line. Taylor Parsons nailed the PAT for the lead.The newly found 7-6 lead jolted Cortez into action. Six plays after the kickoff, aided by a third-down, drive-sustaining 7-yard run by Tim Halper, followed by a 37-yard Wayman to Halper gain, the Panthers took a 13-7 lead when Wayman receiver Drew Brock caught a pass in the end zone.

Challenged, Glenwood took a permanent lead on Alex McPherson’s 10-yard run with 3 minutes, 8 seconds left in the first half.Toward the end of a scoreless third quarter, the Demons hit the jackpot on three straight plays, which led to their final touchdown of the night.Faced with a third-and-23 situation at midfield, Stonehouse hit Tucker Riley for 20 yards. On fourth down, Stonehouse hooked up with Lance Tsosie for 10 yards to move the sticks.

Jensen continued the march by refusing to be tackled in a 15-yard gallop before a gang of Panthers defenders finally horse-collared the determined Demon at the five. “My adrenaline was going and I just kept pushing,” Jensen said of his effort. “I have to give credit to my line, because they just kept pushing them back. It was beautiful.”Three plays later, barely into the fourth quarter, Tsosie captured a Stonehouse pass from six yards out for a seven point lead.

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