‘Dogs too much for Demons
Post Independent Staff
When Glenwood Springs took a stunning 13-point lead over No. 6-ranked Palisade late in the first quarter of the Demons’ homecoming game, the aura surrounding Stubler Memorial Field was electric.
Then the Bulldogs pulled the plug.
Palisade scored touchdowns on its next seven possessions for a 52-21 rout of the Demons on Friday.
The win keeps the 2-1 (6-1 overall) Bulldogs a half-game behind Class 3A Western Slope Conference leader Moffat County. Glenwood (2-4 overall) falls to 1-2 in the WSC.
Palisade running back Kyle Britton scored four touchdowns and rushed for 175 yards on 17 carries. Quarterback Dustin Harris had the game’s longest run, an 86-yard gain for a touchdown, and passed for two scores.
The Bulldogs iced the game by scoring 33 points in the second quarter, but in the first period, it was all Demons.
Matt Wilson and Mike Hoban stopped Palisade running back Jason Popick a yard short of a would-be drive-sustaining run on fourth down just inside midfield.
Taking over at the Bulldog 44, Glenwood needed six plays to score.
Quarterback Chris Toler squirted in from the 1-yard line for the game’s first touchdown.
The junior had two key gains in the drive. His 23-yard screen pass to Hoban took the Demons to Palisade’s 18. After a Bulldog offsides penalty, Toler’s 12-yard keeper for a first down moved the ball to the 1, then he scored on the next play.
The Demons added to their 7-0 lead when they held Palisade on fourth down for a second time in the quarter.
Operating from midfield again, a Toler run netted 13 yards. However, the gain was his last of the game. Toler suffered a knee injury on the play and was forced to the sidelines spotting crutches.
Sophomore Eric Lundin came in for his injured teammate and the Demon offense kept on clicking.
Lundin’s 23-yard pass to Dustin Braeger, along with his 11-yard run, put the ball on the Palisade four.
Matt Wilson scored two plays later.
Despite missing the point-after, the Demons had a 13-0 lead and the grads in the stands were starting to think upset.
Britton’s 1-yard run capped Palisade’s 10-play, 82-yard scoring drive after Wilson’s touchdown.
The score started a Glenwood free fall.
Three plays after Palisade kicked off, Lundin threw an interception. Palisade scored three plays later.
Another Demon turnover led to Palisade taking the lead for good.
Lundin fumbled after the tying touchdown and Britton’s 61-yard run gave Palisade a 20-13 lead.
Later in the second quarter, Harris hit Tyler Barnes for a 35-yard TD with 4 minutes, 34 seconds left, then added his 86-yard TD run with 1:34 to go.
Up 33-13 at intermission, Britton’s TD runs of 13 and 7 yards in the third quarter took out any chance of a Demon rally.
Wilson, the Demons’ leading ground-gainer with 115 yards in 15 carries, scored with 55 seconds to go.
Glenwood travels to Steamboat Springs Friday for a 7 p.m. WSC contest.
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