‘Dogs jump on Demon errors
It’s tough enough playing the No. 3-ranked team in the state. But at times during Friday’s homecoming football game, Glenwood Springs appeared have two opponents with which to contend.Along with the Bulldogs, who downed the Demons 33-20, Glenwood had to wrestle with a turnover problem of which Moffat County took full advantage.Moffat County (4-0 Western Slope Conference, 5-0 overall) transformed all four Demon giveaways in the contest into touchdowns.Adam Vincent’s 48-yard touchdown pass from receiver Chris Toler, along with a 6-yard Vincent touchdown run with 10 minutes, 37 seconds left in the first half gave the Demons (2-2, 3-3) a surprising 13-0 lead.”We had our opportunity to put them away, but we just couldn’t maintain,” said Glenwood coach Rocky Whitworth.
Moffat County responded by posting 26 points after Vincent’s score.”We had our backs to the wall but we kept our heads up and fought back. We seized the moment in the second quarter,” said Moffat County coach Kip Hafey.The Bulldogs’ first two touchdowns were seized by their opportunistic defense. Daniel Tague’s 14-yard reception from quarterback Derek Duran and Kellen Moore’s 10-yard run, which put the Bulldogs ahead 14-13, both were sparked by Demon fumbles.Moffat County raised its lead to 26-13 with two more scores that came in a span of 32 seconds.Again, both scores came off Demon turnovers.Moffat County converted Glenwood quarterback Eric Lundin’s bobble at his own 32-yard line into a touchdown in five plays. The Bulldogs needed just one offensive play for the halftime score after Jared Lowther intercepted a Lundin pass on the Demons’ 16.
“The run didn’t work early but it opened up the passing game in the first half,” Hafey said. Duran was 7-for-7 passing in the second quarter.”We knew they could throw the ball,” Whitworth said. “Our game plan is to basically throw it against us.”And the Bulldogs threw effectively against Glenwood.Including the two touchdowns, Duran amassed 140 of Moffat County’s 196 total offense in the air before intermission.But, the Demons, as they have all season, mounted a comeback effort in the second half.Friday’s game was the third time in as many weeks, the Demons have played a Class 3A, Top 10 opponent.
Pat Reardon completed a eight-play, 31-yard touchdown drive with a 1-yard plunge with 3:37 left in the third, cutting the deficit to 26-20.”Even though we were climbing back into the game, we had way too many penalties and way too many misfires,” Whitworth saidGlenwood’s final meaningful offensive drive, still down by six with 5:55 left in the game, suffered a crippling blow when the Demons were flagged on the opening play.The push ended when Lundin threw his second interception of the half.Moffat County added a insurance touchdown on Scott Gaurotte’s 15-yard run with 1:54 remaining. “I think we sent a message,” Hafey said. “We scored 33 points on a defense that hadn’t given up more than 14.””Right now Moffat has to feel like they can run the table, but they have to play Palisade and they’re both very good representatives of our league,” said Whitworth. “Right now Moffat has to feel like they can run the table, but they have to play Palisade and they’re both very good representatives of our league,” said Whitworth.
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