Demons streak to victory over Bayfield
The Glenwood Springs High School football team has a streak going.
Albeit a short streak, but it’s the first in a long time.
Class 3A Glenwood Springs won its second straight game Saturday afternoon, downing the Class 2A Bayfield Wolverines 28-21 at Stubler Memorial Field. The victory gave the Demons their first back-to-back wins in four years.
“It’s nice. It’s a pretty good feeling,” Glenwood coach Craig Denny said of having a winning record.
Coming off a 44-0 drubbing of Basalt last week, running back Adam Vincent led the Demons (2-1) by following the offensive line. Vincent amassed 125 rushing yards, including touchdown scampers of 37 and 49 yards.
“There was excellent offensive line work,” Vincent said. “Huge holes.”
The Demon’s jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first 6 minutes of play, but Bayfield rallied to tie the game at 21-all in the third quarter before a defensive stand late in the game sealed the contest for the Demons.
In Glenwood’s first offensive series Vincent capped a five-play, 49-yard drive with the 37-yard run, finding a seam and cutting back against the grain.
“We couldn’t tackle him, so he must be really good,” said Bayfield coach David Close, who coached at Basalt and Roaring Fork from 1980-95. “We made him look like he’s all-state – maybe he is.”
The following Bayfield drive lasted two plays before running back Eric Yarina fumbled a pitch. Glenwood’s Matt Wilson recovered the ball on the Wolverines’ 13-yard line, and senior Brock Milhorn converted the turnover into a touchdown two plays later for a 14-0 Demon lead with 5 minutes, 59 seconds remaining in the first quarter.
“We started out playing like we hadn’t gotten off the bus yet,” Close said.
Bayfield (1-2) came alive on the ensuing possession with a seven-play, 63-yard drive. Bayfield quarterback Matt Gonzales connected with receiver Jeremy Sirios for a 48-yard touchdown with 2:41 left in the first quarter to cut the margin to 14-7. It was the first of two times the duo would hook up for scores.
Glenwood regained the 14-point cushion with 6:16 left in the first half when, on fourth-and-3, Vincent broke free for a 49-yard touchdown, but the cushion was short-lived.
Bayfield marched 73 yards before Jay Miller scored on a 1-yard run to cut the margin to 21-14 in the final minute of the half. The 13-play drive twice was kept alive by penalties on third-and-long passing plays. Glenwood was called for pass interference on the drive’s third play and got flagged for roughing the passer on a halfback option pass three plays later.
The Wolverines evened the score at 21-all with 5:42 left in the third quarter when Sirios hauled in a strike from Gonzales for his second touchdown of the game to finish off another impressive 11-play drive.
The Demons answered with an impressive drive of their own. A 24-yard run and a fourth-and-1 conversion by Vincent set up an 8-yard naked bootleg touchdown run by Mike Hoban with 10:00 left in the contest.
“The kids still have in their head, the question, `Can we win?'” Denny said.
“We didn’t play well offensively (after the halftime break),” he added. “But in the fourth quarter, with that long drive, we just made it count. The kids answered the call and did what we asked, which was kind of nice.”
Bayfield drove to the Demons’ 31-yard line in an effort to tie the game, but turned the ball over on downs after a pair of passes hit the turf.
Glenwood will try to extend its streak to three games Friday when it travels to Moffat County for a 7 p.m. contest.
Bayfield 7 7 7 0-21
Glenwood Springs 14 7 0 7-28
GS – Adam Vincent 37 run (Mike Triebel kick good)
GS – Brock Milhorn run 4 (Triebel kick good)
B – Jeremy Sirios 48 pass from Matt Gonzalez (Steven Qualls kick good)
GS – Vincent 49 run (Triebel kick good)
B – Jay Miller 1 run (Qualls kick good)
B – Sirios 16 pass from Gonzales (Qualls kick good)
GS – Mike Hoban 8 run (Triebel kick good)
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