Glenwood Demons prevail with tough win over Montrose |

Glenwood Demons prevail with tough win over Montrose

MONTROSE, Colorado ” Glenwood Springs got the test it wanted in scheduling Montrose as a non-league opponent.

Perhaps a little more of a test than the Demons wanted.

Fighting off a 12-point fourth quarter by the host Indians, Glenwood escaped Montrose with a 31-26 win in its football opener on Friday.

Demons quarterback Dakota Stonehouse had a monster night on the ground to lead the way for his team’s typically prolific offense, racking up 151 yards and all four Glenwood touchdowns on 15 carries. He also connected on 18 of his 28 passes for 191 yards in the air.

Stonehouse converted TD runs of 5, 72, 1 and 51 yards to help the Demons to a 24-14 lead at halftime and 31-20 edge after three quarters.

Clay Hawkins added a 26-yard field goal to round out the scoring for Glenwood.

The night for the Demon defense wasn’t as pretty.

Glenwood surrendered 524 yards of total offense to the Indians ” 261 of those on the ground.

But the defense did produce turnovers at critical times.

Bennett Nicola picked off a couple of passes, including a fourth-quarter interception that proved to be a game saver.

Jordan Ciani also had a crucial pick in the first half, one that halted Montrose’s offensive momentum.

Kirk English, the Indians’ third-year varsity quarterback, hit on TD passes of 78 and 8 yards in the fourth quarter to make a game of it.

Glenwood, though, was able to wind out the clock with a late drive. A fourth-down conversion with just under a minute to go left Montrose, out of timeouts, helpless as the 3A Demons polished off a win over a Class 4A foe.

The schedule doesn’t get any easier for Glenwood next week. The third-ranked Demons welcome Conifer, slotted seventh in the RockyPreps’ Class 3A preseason rankings, to town next Friday.

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