Gaddis’ big night leads Demons over Tigers
Coupled with their road victory last week against the Battle Mountain Huskies, the Glenwood Demons have put together consecutive conference wins as they defended the home turf well in a 39-15 conquest of the Summit Tigers on Friday night at Stubler Memorial Field.
By garnering some late season momentum, the Demons (4-4 overall, 2-1 Western Slope League), have put themselves into position to possibly grab a state playoff berth with must wins in the final two games of the season at Rifle next Friday, and at home on November 4th against the Devils from Eagle Valley.
The game, by no means, was as lopsided as the final score may indicate. In fact, the score stood at 20-15 in favor of Glenwood early in the fourth period of play, with Summit driving for the go ahead score, when Demon cornerback Juan Felan intercepted a pass at the goal line by Tiger quarterback Jacob Gillum, to thwart a drive that had consumed 16 plays and hand taken eight minutes and 30 seconds off the clock.
Senior quarterback Jake Townsley got his rushing legs in gear with the ball back in Glenwood’s hands as Townsley accounted for a total of 181 yards rushing on 15 carries for the night.
But on the final offensive scoring drive of the game for the home team, it was fellow senior Easton Gaddis who followed some nice blocking from offensive lineman Jesse Duplesys into the end zone from 1-yard out to give the Demons a 26-15 cushion.
It was Gaddis who scored Glenwood’s first touchdown of the evening on a 5-yard scoring carry at the 2:42 juncture of the first quarter.
After Summit had responded with a 2-yard touchdown carry from senior Adolfo Vasquez to make the score 7-6 in favor of the Demons, Townsley took a quarterback keeper 4 yards behind the big hole created by junior offensive linemen Zach Quint and Jack Ries to give Glenwood a 14-6 lead.
The Tigers tacked on a 27-yard field goal by David Sanchez as the score stood at 14-9 at intermission.
The second half of play on the chilly Friday evening of late October is one that Easton Gaddis won’t soon forget.
With Glenwood clinging to a 26-15 lead and Summit knocking on the door of the Demon goal at the 3-yard line, Summit quarterback Gillum bobbled the snap from center.
When the slippery football popped up into the air, it found the waiting arms of Gaddis, who plays safety on the defensive side of the ball for Glenwood.
With nothing but real estate in front of him, Gaddis took off on a 97-yard sprint that would have made Usain Bolt proud, putting the Demons up by a score of 33-15.
Though the game was signed, sealed, and delivered for Glenwood at this point, Summit did mount a final drive deep into Glenwood territory, threatening to make the final score a bit more respectable.
With 4 seconds showing on the clock, Gillum lofted a pass toward the end zone and his favorite target on the night, receiver Vale Hildebrand. But the outstretched arms the football landed in again belonged to a leaping Gaddis who darted 98 yards down the left sideline, stiff-arming away the last two Tiger defenders en route to a most remarkable game-ending touchdown. Gaddis was mauled by congratulatory fellow Demons, and Glenwood had their big win.
In all, Gaddis finished the night with 5 touchdown to his credit, 3 on the offensive end, and 2 on the defensive side of the ball.
Next Friday, October 28, the Demons will try to keep riding high as they travel down the interstate to play the annual rivalry game, as they will face off with a very good Rifle squad at Bears’ Stadium.
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