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Demons run wild in 32-0 shutout win

Phil Sandoval

When most football teams get into trouble they punt the ball.

Not Glenwood Springs. They run.

And run. And run. And run.

Sticking to their ground game the Demons rushed for 271 yards and four touchdowns in Friday’s 32-0 nonleague shutout win over Basalt to even their record at 1-1 on the 2003 season.

Matt Wilson, who scored two of Glenwood’s four rushing touchdowns, put the game’s first points on the scoreboard on a five-yard run midway in the first quarter.

Near game’s end, the Demon senior’s 18-yard run with 8:30 left gave Glenwood a 25-0 lead, allowing Glenwood head coach Craig Denney to send in the subs to finish up.

“We went to our double-tight (formation) and ran the ball hard,” said Denney.

“That’s what’s great about that offense. It gets the kids going, and they believe in it.”

After trying to defend it, so does Basalt.

Yet Basalt running back Clayton Peetz presented a problem to Glenwood in the first half.

The junior worked his way free for a couple of big runs, allowing Basalt to reach midfield before Glenwood’s defense arose to the occasion – twice.

The Demons forced a fumble, halting one drive.

In the second quarter, after an 18-yard Peetz carry, Glenwood held on a crucial third-down play with four minutes remaining in the first half.

The defensive stand ignited their offense.

On the first play from scrimmage, Mike Hoban’s 65-yard run moved the ball from the Demons’ 11 to the Basalt 24.

Adam Vincent followed with a 19-yard gain. Three plays later Thomas Suazo scored to put Glenwood up 13-0. Joe Schreiner’s point-after try was blocked.

Hoban also had a 41-yard gain to set up Wilson’s late score and concluded Friday’s game with 125 yards in only eight carries.

In the third quarter, Vincent zipped around left end for a 56-yard score.

The defense added the game’s final score when Jake Maudin intercepted Basalt quarterback Kaleb Nye’s pass at the Demon 35 then scooted unchallenged to the Longhorn end zone 65 yards away.

Glenwood wraps up its nonleague part of the season next Saturday at home against Fort Morgan.

“You’ve got to bring somebody in and have that test early to gauge where you’re at,” Denney said. “Because after that we’re in league … and everything counts. That’s what next week is all about, just gearing up for them and getting everything ready.”

Basalt, after two weeks on the road, opens the Class 2A Western Slope Conference season Friday night in Basalt against Aspen.

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