Demons pound Wildcats in big Homecoming win
In his pregame comments to Ron Milhorn of KMTS Radio, Glenwood Springs football coach Rocky Whitworth stated that he was hoping to see signs of midseason improvement from his team. With conference play just a week away, it was time for Whitworth’s Demons to start putting the pieces together before the journey into the rugged 3A Western Slope League begins.
“Hopefully we’ll get a little bit better this week,” said Whitworth. “We need to try and execute for all four quarters, and get off to a fast start. Then the confidence will build from there.”
Behind the rushing legs of senior Easton Gaddis, and the accurate passing of quarterback Jake Townsley, Glenwood was able to give its coach just what he was looking for in a 30-6 homecoming victory over the Pueblo Central Wildcats.
Gaddis gave the Demons a lead they would never relinquish at the 2:27 mark of the first quarter of play when he plowed into the end zone from 2 yards out to put Glenwood up 7-0 following the PAT by Tyler Deitrich.
On the initial possession of the second quarter, Townsley spotted junior receiver Luis Mariano for a 15-yard completion to get the home team near midfield. Gaddis then took a Townsley handoff and spied nothing but green grass ahead of him on his way to a 58-yard touchdown jaunt to push the Demon lead to 14-0.
It wasn’t only the Glenwood offense that was shining on the last night of September. With senior defensive lineman Jesse Duplesys and his mates regularly closing Pueblo Central running lanes and continually harassing Wildcat quarterback Marcus Duran, the Demon defense was every bit as impressive as the eleven players wearing red that lined up on the other side of the ball.
Glenwood wasn’t quite done with their first half scoring, as they would tack on another touchdown on a drive that featured several zipped, midrange passes from Townsley to sophomore receiver Luke Gair. Once again, it was Gaddis who drove the final nail in the Wildcat coffin, as he took a misdirection 3-yard pass from Townsley over the goal line.
The offensive fireworks slowed down a bit for the Demons in the second half, as a 30-yard field goal by Glenwood kicker Tyler Deitrich was the only score for either team in the third quarter of play. Glenwood’s score was set up by Gair’s interception of an errant Central pass after the Wildcats had controlled the ball for the first 5 minutes to open the second half.
The final quarter of play saw the Wildcats get on the scoreboard, as backup quarterback Isaiah Collins found senior receiver Jarrod Garcia for a 7-yard touchdown pass. Central’s two-point conversion attempt failed, making the score 24-6 with 8:57 left to play.
Glenwood’s last score of the evening came on an unusual looking two-handed, basketball shovel pass from Townsley to Gair that covered 48 yards and put the finishing touches on the first home win of the year for the Demons.
Some impressive statistics for Glenwood saw Gaddis rush 17 times for a total of 132 yards. Townsley carried the ball on the ground for 95 yards on 14 carries. Through the air, Townsley completed 11 of 15 passes for 172 yards and 2 touchdowns. Gair caught 4 passes for 101 yards and a touchdown.
Defensively, Glenwood recorded six sacks on three different Central quarterbacks, as senior Burley Quoetone was in on three of those quarterback drops.
Glenwood (2-3) will now take to the road for their Western Slope League opener next Thursday, October 6 at Stocker Stadium in Grand Junction to face the Palisade Bulldogs.
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Montrose will pose a tough challenge for the Demons to win their home tournament. “They’re a team that every year has a well-disciplined program that executes, plays hard and is well-coached,” Glenwood coach Fred Heisel said. “It’s going to be a lot of fun.” Game time is 2:30 p.m. at Spencer-Chavez Gymnasium at GSHS.