Demons shut down rival Bears, 42-0 |

Demons shut down rival Bears, 42-0

Jeff CaspersenGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Post Independent/Kara K. Pearson

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. The scoreless tie after one quarter is how Dakota Stonehouse expected the entire game to play out. Two quarters and six touchdowns later, the junior quarterback’s expectations were dashed. And happily so.Stonehouse accounted for each of those TDs – three through the air and three on the ground – as Glenwood Springs stomped Interstate 70 neighbor Rifle 42-0 Friday night in front of packed house at the Demons’ Stubler Memorial Field. “I thought it would be neck and neck,” Stonehouse said of the showdown of top 10, unbeaten schools. “That’s what I thought it’d be like, back and forth, a close game. We just kept with our offense and kept with our defense. Sooner or later, someone was gonna score.”

And while Stonehouse loved what his team did on offense, it was the Demons’ miserly defense that impressed him most.”That’s probably the first time we’ve had a shutout against Rifle,” he said. “For sure, that’s not something that happens very often.”Stonehouse finished with 200 yards on 11-of-16 passing. From early in the second quarter to the end of the game, he strung together 10 consecutive completions as Glenwood spread its six TDs across the second and third quarters – three in each frame. The junior passer found three different receivers with scoring passes, including a 27-yard strike to Lance Tsosie, a 32-yard scoring toss to Connor Riley and a 17-yard TD pass Kevin Screen. Stonehouse ran in scores from 6, 16 and 5 yards out.Quite a night.”Dakota’s a creative guy,” lauded Glenwood coach Rocky Whitworth, whose team improved to 4-0 overall and to 2-0 in the Class 3A Western Slope League. “He’s where he is because he’s worked for it. He studies the game. He’s our decision maker. In this style of offense, this is what you have to have.”

Though the Demons’ spread offense churns out tons of yardage in the air, Glenwood hasn’t had trouble grinding out yards on the ground, and Friday was no different.Michael Hudson racked up 79 yards on 10 carries and a mobile Stonehouse picked up 40 yards on just six carries.And that Glenwood defense gave up almost nothing when it mattered most. Rifle had just seven first downs in the first half, five of those in the first quarter. The Demons held the Bears (3-1, 2-1 3A WSL) to 0-for-5 on fourth-down conversion attempts, forced four punts and came up with an interception, courtesy of Bennett Nicola in the third quarter.Rifle quarterback Hazen Moss created most of the Bears’ offense, coming up with 64 yards rushing on 13 carries and tossing for 113 yards on eight completions. For third-year Bears coach Damon Wells, it was the first time he’d been on the bad side of a lopsided outcome. He wasn’t quite sure how he and his coaching staff will respond.

“I don’t know,” he said. “I’ve never been on this side of something like that. I’m happy I don’t know how to respond, because that means we haven’t had to respond to something like that. (Glenwood) did a very nice job. Their kids played well. Their coaches did a nice job.”And so into the books went another chapter of this storied rivalry, which more often than not is won by a highly accomplished Rifle program.Not this year, though.”Since I’ve been here, we’ve had a big victory against Rifle down there,” Whitworth said. “More than anything, I just think it’s our turn. That’s high school sports.”

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