Demons wrap up playoff spot
Some of the Demon football players may have been a few minutes late for their Friday-night dates.Head coach Rocky Whitworth called the Glenwood Springs football team to the practice field after Friday night’s game for a little work on blocking sleds.Not exactly the reward one expects for a team that just completed a 39-0 rout of league foe Battle Mountain and clinched a Class 3A state berth for the first time since 1990.
Then again, maybe it’s the extra work and lessons that have the Demons set for a playoff run.”It was to complete the night in a positive way,” said Whitworth, who stressed the extra five minutes of work wasn’t a punishment. “We’ve got to get to the next level and we’re not there yet.”After a bumpy first half in which the Demons (4-2 Western Slope, 5-3 overall) gained a 10-0 lead, but struggled with execution and intensity, Glenwood made strides toward that “next level” in the third quarter.Keyed by two Adam Vincent touchdowns in just over a minute, the Demons scored 22 points in the stanza and blew open the game against the Huskies (0-6, 2-6).”We came out pretty flat and I think we underestimated Battle Mountain at first,” said Jake Greer, who caught the only first-half touchdown – a 32-yard strike from quarterback Eric Lundin – and anchors the Demon linebacker corps. “Basically, our whole defense picked up the intensity. We were really determined to show the coaches the first half was a fluke.”
Four plays into the second half Lundin made a nice option pitch to the speedster Vincent, who got outside of linebacker Derek Rush and bolted down the sideline for a 67-yard touchdown. Reardon ran in the conversion to put the Demons up 18-0.Tyler Thimson recovered a fumble on the Huskies’ first offensive play of the half and Lundin found Vincent for a 24-yard touchdown pass to seal the contest with 8 minutes, 47 seconds left in the third quarter.”I’m pretty confident in myself what I have the ball,” Vincent said. “And the offensive line opened up some big holes.”Vincent finished the day with 123 yards on 12 carries. Lundin was a model of efficiency, going 3-for-4 passing with two touchdowns.The Huskies’ offense lasted three plays on the next drive before Glenwood’s Marcos Muñoz recovered another fumble, which the Demons converted into a 1-yard touchdown run by Pat Reardon.
The Demons recovered five Battle Mountain fumbles in the game – four in the second half – and also had an interception.Jeb Bair wrapped up the scoring with a 9-yard touchdown run in the first minute of the fourth quarter.In the first half, both teams were able to move the ball, but also committed a number of errors. Battle Mountain bobbled a snap on a field goal and also lost a fumble that led to a Demon field goal. Glenwood kept a Huskies’ drive alive with a roughing-the-kicker penalty and also had a 35-yard Reardon touchdown called back due to a clipping call.Glenwood only held the ball for three series in the half and suffered from “poor execution” on both sides of the ball, according to Whitworth. The Demons did convert two of the drives into points, however. Greer’s touchdown reception came off a nice play-action by Lundin. Joe Schreiner kicked a 22-yard field goal after Glenwood recovered a fumble at the Battle Mountain 5-yard line 1:32 before the break.The Demons are now alone in third place in the Western Slope League, a game ahead of Rifle and Montezuma-Cortez. With victories over both Rifle and Cortez, a victory Friday at Eagle Valley would clinch the third seed from the conference.The Demons are now alone in third place in the Western Slope League, a game ahead of Rifle and Montezuma-Cortez. With victories over both Rifle and Cortez, a victory Friday at Eagle Valley would clinch the third seed from the conference.
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