Demons send Devils packing on Senior Night
The Glenwood Demons faced a must-win situation in Friday night’s game at Stubler Memorial Field against the Eagle Valley Devils. The post-Halloween battle of underworld mascots went the way of the Demons, as they kept their slim state playoff hopes alive with a more than solid 33-6 decision on senior night.
Eagle Valley won the opening coin toss and decided to defer to the second half, giving the Demons the initial opportunity to get on the scoreboard. Glenwood wasted absolutely no time at all in doing so, as speedy sophomore Miguel Herrera took the Devil kickoff and first darted to the east a bit, and then opened up the jets going straight south, 64 yards to the end zone. Tyler Dietrich kicked the PAT, and it was 7-0 in favor of the home team before Eagle Valley knew what had hit them.
Devil quarterback Garrett Martin got his team back into the fray, as he spotted wideout Mathew Sanchez streaking down the sideline and behind the Demon defenders. The 35-yard touchdown connection drew Eagle Valley within 7-6 as the point after attempt was wide to the left.
Like another bead in a chain, the evening deepened as Glenwood dug in and decided to make a big push toward the goal line.
Steady Demon signal caller Jake Townsley, taking his final home game in red to heart, led an 11 play, 65-yard drive, as he faked a handoff to fellow senior Easton Gaddis, and took a keeper 15-yards to the finish line to give Glenwood some breathing room at 14-6. A key play in that decisive drive was a third down completion to senior Luke Patch to keep things going in the right direction for the Demons.
“As a team, absolutely that was a key drive for us to come back after they had scored,” said Townsley. “It just reassured myself and the rest of us as to what was going to happen.”
Nearing the end of the first quarter of play, the Demons caught a big break as junior John Jensen recovered a fumbled Devil punt to put Glenwood in business at the Eagle Valley 21-yard line. It didn’t take long for the Demons to light up the scoreboard once again, as junior Juan Felan took a Townsley handoff 4 yards to pay dirt, giving Glenwood a 20-6 lead, a score that would hold true through intermission.
The start of the second half saw the Glenwood student section jumping up and down, and the Demons driving down the field for a score that would deliver a knockout punch to the visitors from Gypsum.
With the clock showing 5:09 to play in the third quarter, Townsley connected on a 14-yard scoring toss to senior Stephen Romero to push Glenwood ahead 27-6. The drive lasted 11 plays, with four first downs, and a total of 92 yards gained.
Glenwood’s stingy, swarming defense harassed Eagle Valley ball carriers throughout the night, putting the flames of a Devil comeback, at this point, on a low flicker.
Gaddis put the final touches on the Demon scoring for the evening, as the stellar senior running back took a 1-yard plunge into the end zone with 1:13 to play to account for the night’s final score of 33-6.
The Demons (5-5, 3-2 WSL) will now await Sunday’s decision of the state seeding process to see if they qualify for the 16-team state 3A playoff field.
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