Demons overpower the Rams
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
CARBONDALE ” The hype is over, the season is here and Glenwood is for real.
Dakota Stonehouse threw for two touchdowns and ran for another as Glenwood broke a 10-year losing streak to Roaring Fork with a 31-6 season-opening victory on Friday night.
“Judging from having played them for the last eight years, they could go (all the way),” said Roaring Fork head coach Mike Brinson. “They are good. We are pulling for them. We are all friends and I think we feel good for them because they earned it. It was due. They are good guys.”
Glenwood took control of the game from the kickoff, which was framed by two rainbows arched over the field. Storehouse aired out the ball 27 times to seven different receivers, totaling 169 yards and one interception.
Both of the touchdowns went to Connor Riley and they were identical. Stonehouse dropped back in the pocket and Riley found himself all alone in the end zone. The first one came on a 22-yard pass, while the second arrived on a 19-yarder.
“They pressed me on the outside, so that gave me the advantage to cut in and right away be open,” Riley said of both of the plays. “If I burn them right away, I’ll be open.”
Stonehouse capped off a five-play, 53-yard drive with a 4-yard quarterback draw that landed him in the end zone to close out the first half with Glenwood up 21-0.
Roaring Fork couldn’t get going offensively, with trouble hanging onto the ball and constant pressure from the Glenwood defense ” led by Chad Sommers and Jordan Ciani ” pushing them backwards. The Rams fumbled the ball five times, losing three of them. The Demons held the Rams to 104 total yards.
“I thought that overall our hustle was good, especially our defense,” said Glenwood fourth-year head coach Rocky Whitworth, who earned his first win over the Rams. “Our defense played really well.”
In the second half, Glenwood running back Michael Hudson carried Glenwood, picking up 80 yards after rushing for only 13 in the first frame. On his legs, and with a few passes from Stonehouse, the Demons were able to get on the board again, but this time with a 20-yard field goal from Taylor Parsons.
Hudson rushed for Glenwood’s final touchdown, carrying the ball five yards to put the Demons ahead 31-0 with 7:44 left in the game.
After Hudson’s score, Roaring Fork finally found its offense with an 11-play, 80-yard drive culminating in a 16-yard crashing run by quarterback/running back Jake Kinney. Before the drive Roaring Fork had one first down. On the drive the Rams had four. Soren Phibbs chipped in with some rushes and another QB Ryan Weimer made two completions.
“It took us three quarters, to get to a drive where we could actually see what we could do offensively. We are a young team and we kinda expected it to be tough,” Brinson said. “… We made mistakes and dug ourselves in a hole and never could quite get out. Then that one drive is what we’ll take away from this game. That’s what we want to build on.”
Next on tap, Class 2A Roaring Fork will face another 3A challenge in Eagle Valley, while Glenwood will travel to Class 3A Western Slope League opponent Montezuma-Cortez.
“It’s feels great,” Riley said of the win over the Rams. “We are going to go to Cortez and hopefully do the same thing.”
At Roaring Fork
Glenwood 6 15 3 7
Roaring Fork 0 0 0 6
GS ” Connor Riley 22 pass from Dakota Stonehouse (Taylor Parsons kick missed), 6:44.
GS ” Riley 19 pass from Stonehouse (Donnie Jennert 10 pass from Stonehouse for 2-point conversion), 8:21.
GS ” Stonehouse 4 run (Parsons kick), 2:33.
GS ” FG Parsons 20, 3:139
GS ” Michael Hudson 5 run (Parsons kick good), 7:44.
RF ” Jake Kinney 16 run (2-point conversion no good), 3:09.
First downs 14 5
Total Yards 376 104
Rushes-yards 26-206 28-41
Passing 169 63
Comp-Att-Int 16-27-1 8-15-1
Punts 3 7
Fumbles-Lost 2-2 5-3
Penalties-Yards 4-30 6-41
RUSHING ” Glenwood, Michael Hudson 13-93, Stonehouse 10-47, Josh Wright 1-10, Bennett Nicola 1-16. Roaring Fork, Kinney 14-15, A.J. Waski 3-6, Nate Soucie 4-(minus 8), Soren Phibbs 3-20, Ryan Weimer 2-9, Hunter Tache 2-3.
PASSING ” Glenwood, Stonehouse 15-27-1-169. Roaring Fork, Kinney 2-5-1-17, Weimer 6-10-0-46.
RECEIVING ” Glenwood, Riley 5-69, Lance Tsosic 5-28, Jennert 1-10, Kevin Screen 1-12, Nicola 2-39, Alex McPherson 1-10, Hudson 1-2. Roaring Fork, Weimer 1-4, Alex Rascon 1-13, Kinney 3 -30, Cameron Ellis 1-3, Phibbs 2-13.
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