Gair’s 3 touchdowns leads Glenwood over Summit, 41-12
Post Independent Contributor
The Glenwood Springs Demons continued their march toward a possible state playoff berth, adding another victory to a late-season surge by easily dispatching the Summit Tigers 41-12 on Friday night at Stubler Memorial Field in a 3A Western Slope League contest.
The Demons, who faced a gauntlet of tough early-season opponents, continue to approach the season’s finish line with a head of steam and the hope of gaining the field of 16 teams in the 3A state football bracket.
“The challenging early part of our season has made us into what we are now,” said Glenwood Head Coach Pat Engle. “We’re just going to keep working, doing what we’re doing, and see what happens from here.”
Not wasting any time in establishing their dominance, the first quarter belonged entirely to the Demons as they rolled out to a 14-0 advantage.
Senior running back Luke Gair had a larger than average stake in the home team’s ownership of the scoreboard, scoring on touchdown runs of 30 yards and 45 yards, both down the right sideline of the field into the north end zone. Gair’s first touchdown capped a 5-play, 58-yard drive for Glenwood. The second score of the quarter by Gair followed a nice run up the middle of the Summit line by the quick-cutting Demon senior running back Gavin Olson. A convoy of Glenwood blockers escorted Gair on his second scamper to the goal line. Both extra points by senior Sebastian Torres split the uprights of the north goal.
Summit’s only sign of life in the first half came on a lengthy drive in the first quarter, but the Glenwood defense, swarming in the Tiger backfield all evening, stopped the visitors on downs at the Demon 23 yard line.
Glenwood upped the lead to 16-0 early in the second quarter when the Demon defense tackled the Summit punter in the end zone for a safety.
The Tigers then chose the option of punting to the Demons following the safety. As the punt fluttered harmlessly down toward the earth, the waiting arms of Glenwood senior speedster Wyatt Ewer cradled the ball in. Ewer, as he has done often in the past, turned on the jets and bolted up the middle of the field for a 62-yard touchdown, leaving the chasing Tigers in his wake.
It looked like the Demons had put a ribbon and a bow on the game when they got the ball again in the middle of the second quarter. Junior quarterback Dylan Albright rolled out to the left side of the line and lofted a perfect toss to a wide open Max Lemkau who took the ball in for an apparent touchdown. But the Demons’ first penalty of the game, one of the holding variety, erased the exciting scoring play.
No need to worry though for Glenwood, as Gair, scoring his third touchdown of the first half — his tenth of the season — taking off toward the south end zone this time, and 82 yards later high-stepped past the goal line to put the Demons up 30-0.
An unsung hero, Demon fullback Elliot Dwyer-Walz was responsible for several key blocks that helped open holes for Glenwood scoring opportunities.
The mercy rule running clock got started with 23 seconds to go until intermission when Glenwood tacked on 11 more points on a 23-yard field goal by Torres, and a touchdown connection pass from Albright to Ewer in the left corner of the end zone that left Summit wondering what had hit them. A two-point Demon conversion made it 41-0 at the half.
Summit managed to get on the scoreboard in the second half with a couple of touchdown passes from senior quarterback Brendan Collins. The first strike was a 39-yarder to Maxwell Duxbury. Freshman receiver Aidan Collins was the recipient of the second scoring toss that accounted for all of the second half points and the final tally of the game.
Coach Engle played his Demon reserves for a good portion of the final 24 minutes.
To go along with his three touchdowns, Gair rushed for 165 yards on just four carries. Olson helped Glenwood on the ground by gaining 70 yards on 11 carries.
Glenwood (4-5, 3-1 WSL) now all alone in second place in the conference, will host the Steamboat Sailors to conclude the regular season portion of the schedule next Friday at Stubler Memorial Field.
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