Demons trounce Panthers |

Demons trounce Panthers

Jeff Caspersen
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Chad Spangler Post Independent

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Tick, tick, tick.

For the second time in as many weeks, Glenwood Springs leveled enough of a first-half hurt against an opposing team to keep the clock in motion in the second half.

Friday night’s victim: Montezuma-Cortez.

Behind 208 yards and three touchdowns on 11-of-13 passing from Dakota Stonehouse and 49 rushing yards, two TDs and 33 receiving yards from Michael Hudson, the Demons rolled to a 51-14 win over the visiting Panthers.

Up 44-7 at the halftime, by which Stonehouse had every single one of his 208 yards, the officials decided to let the clock run unabated in the second half.

That meant no stoppages for incomplete passes, penalties, changes of possession.

Not for anything.

The Demons, the third-ranked Class 3A school in the state according to RockyPreps, overmatched Cortez from the outset. Glenwood’s offense scored on five of its first six possessions and on seven of its nine first-half possessions.

Sprinkled in for good measure was a special-teams TD late in the first quarter when Taylor Parsons broke through the line to block a punt. Teammate Drew Walters grabbed the ricochet out of the air and rumbled into the end zone from 10 yards away.

“It was great,” Parsons said. “They didn’t really block me. I just got a hand on it. It’s the first time I’ve blocked a punt.”

The defensive score mixed up what was obviously an offensively dominant first half for the Demons.

Stonehouse spread his TD passes to two different receivers, hitting Kevin Screen with both 10- and 44-yarders and connecting with Bennett Nicola on a score from 16 yards out. Screen finished with a team-best 98 yards receiving on just four catches.

Hudson, too, got in the mix. He rumbled in from 3 and 1 yards out on his two scores and racked up his 49 yards on just four carries.

The Demons’ first-string defense flexed its muscle early on as well, allowing no first downs and minus-8 yard of offense in the first quarter. It’s a defense that’s rounding into shape nicely, said lineman Moses Galvan.

“I think we’re coming along,” the 6-foot, 255-pound senior said. “We lost a lot of defensive players and, in my class, guys like Nick Ciani and a bunch of juniors are really stepping up. We’re uniting as one.”

The tone of the game didn’t change much in the second, in which Stonehouse scurried 26 yards into the end zone on a keeper to round out the scoring for the Demons, who improved to 5-0 overall and to 3-0 in the 3A Western Slope League.

With the game well in hand, Glenwood used the second half to fine-tune the fundamentals and get some younger players out on the field. Backup quarterback Luke Jacob saw a number of snaps, as did running back Austin Page, who finished with 17 yards on six carries.

“For us, it’s just about improving our execution,” Demons head coach Rocky Whitworth sadi. “Once we got ahead we got to play some of our younger guys. We just wanted to continue to focus on staying in the present, not looking ahead.”

Glenwood resumed league play next week with a trip to Battle Mountain, while Cortez (2-2 overall, 0-2 in the 3A WSL) hosts Rifle.

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