Demons opt for trickery over treats
GYPSUM – Befitting Halloween, the Glenwood Springs Demons used a little trickery in the second half Friday night against Eagle Valley to score a touchdown and a field goal and pull out a 23-13 win. By Nate PetersonVail Correspondent
GYPSUM – Befitting Halloween, the Glenwood Springs Demons used a little trickery in the second half Friday night against Eagle Valley to score a touchdown and a field goal and pull out a 23-13 win. The Devils matched the Demons point for point in the first half to head into the locker room with a 13-13 score. After the break, however, the Demons switched from using a two tight-end, two-back I formation into a split-back set that utilized senior wingback Adam Vincent as a decoy. The guise of faking misdirection hand-offs to Vincent, who had a big first half running the ball and scored the Demons’ first touchdown, paid off for the Demons. The Devils continued to respect Vincent’s big-play ability by biting on the play fakes, which freed up senior Pat Reardon. “They faked that speed (to Vincent) all the time, which wasn’t a big deal, but then they were running well inside off of that,” Devils coach John Ramunno said. “They were really able to make some plays. I don’t think they changed a lot of schemes, but they kind of went to that play a lot.” The success on the ground for the Demons led to a go-ahead 32-yard field goal from Joe Schreiner with 5:59 remaining in the third quarter.
“We thought that we could run the ball at certain times, and we did go to a split back, just to create misdirection,” Glenwood coach Rocky Whitworth said. “On defense, we just focused on tackling and keeping low and playing hard. Coach Ramunno is just a really good coach, a real disciplined guy, and they run the ball real well inside.”After the Devils were forced to go three and out on their ensuing possession, the Demons again went back to the misdirection, starting from their own 28-yard line. Eight plays later the Demons were at the Eagle Valley 21-yard line facing second down and 11 yards to go. With the Eagle Valley defense expecting run, Whitworth tricked the Devils again, this time by calling a play-action pass. Demons’ quarterback Eric Lundin rolled out and found Reardon in the left flat, and, after hauling in a soft 5-yard pass, the running back sprinted down the left sideline to dive into the end zone on the first play of the fourth quarter. The Devils had two sustained drives in the final quarter but were unable to score on either. Both times the Demons’ defense clamped down on critical fourth-down plays to turn the ball back over on downs. The first stop came when Devils running back Cody Comerford was stopped short on a fourth-and-3 from the Demons’ 33-yard line. The second came on a fourth-and-9 play from the Demons’ 30 when senior quarterback Alex Gamble threw an incomplete pass off his back foot with four minutes to go in regulation.
“We had to make some plays in that second half and we didn’t,” Ramunno said. “We had some receivers open, but couldn’t get the ball to them. We didn’t pass protect real well tonight. Our quarterback got some big sacks. Any time you run this offense, and you get sacked, then they know you’re throwing. We had to do a better job on first down.”The Devils got the ball one last time with under two minutes to go but Vincent picked off quarterback Alex Gamble to secure the second-half shutout.In the first half, Glenwood took the lead on its opening possession off Vincent’s 24-yard scoring run. Eagle Valley answered back in the second quarter when Cody Comerford hammered into the end zone from 4 yards out to put the game at 7-6 after the missed kick.Glenwood got another touchdown in the second quarter on a 41-yard run from Reardon off a third-and-8 draw play before the Devils mounted a 66-yard drive, capped by a 27-yard Chris Best run to tie the game up at 13.Glenwood Springs improved to 5-2 in the Western Slope League (6-3 overall). The Devils dropped to 2-5 (3-5). Glenwood Springs improved to 5-2 in the Western Slope League (6-3 overall). The Devils dropped to 2-5 (3-5).
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