Glenwood falls 28-7 to Moffat County

Phil Sandoval

To get a better outlook on his team’s abilities, Glenwood Springs head football coach Craig Denney watched Friday’s game with Moffat County from the press box.

What the coach saw, he said, while watching the 28-7 loss was a lack of execution from the Demons (1-3 overall, 0-1 conference) on both sides of the ball.

With the exception of a third-quarter scoring drive culminated by Thomas Suazo’s 13-yard touchdown catch from quarterback Chris Toler, Glenwood failed to move the ball.

Moffat County held the Demons to 68 yards offensively and forced four turnovers.

It was a long night for Glenwood on defense as well.

To their credit, Glenwood forced three Bulldog fumbles.

But the Demons never found an answer to stopping Moffat County’s ground game.

All evening Bulldog quarterback/running back Aaron Sanchez shed Glenwood tacklers like water on plastic.

Sanchez amassed 105 of Moffat’s 279 team rushing yards and scored three of Moffat’s four touchdowns.

His initial score, a 53-yard run, capped a two-play drive set up by Moffat lineman Michael Babb’s recovery of a loose ball at the Bulldog 38 when Toler tossed the ball away.

“(Sanchez) just squirted through a gap, and it was over,” said Denney of the scoring play.

In the third quarter, Sanchez upped Moffat’s lead to 14-0 on a 3-yard run.

The play capped a 13-play, 90-yard drive kept alive by Sanchez’s 9-yard gain on third down on the Bulldog 37. The other key play of the drive came two snaps later when Sanchez connected on a 32-yard pass to Chris Palmer, moving the Bulldogs to the Demon 14.

Moffat County’s other two scores came off Toler pass interceptions.

Sophomore Derek Duran nabbed Toler’s intended for Dustin Braeger a couple of plays after Sanchez’s second TD. Operating from their own 32, the ‘Dogs took three minutes of playing time to convert the turnover to a score.

The short five-play drive was all Sanchez.

The drive’s first play – a 42-yard pass to Palmer – put Moffat on Glenwood’s side of the field. A fumble recovery gained 16 yards. Then after hitting receiver Tyler Pike for a first down, Sanchez ran in from the Demon 7 for a 21-0 lead.

Moffat County’s overactive defense played a big hand in Glenwood’s fourth-quarter score.

The Bulldogs were penalized for roughing Suazo, Glenwood’s punter, after a fourth-down kick. The 15-yard violation gave the Demons a drive-sustaining first down.

Toler promptly followed-up the penalty with a 31-yard pass to Jake Greer that moved the Demons to the Moffat 18.

Suazo made up for it two plays later. Running the same pattern, Suazo snared Toler’s second pass in the end zone. Joe Schreiner added the extra point.

On the ensuing kickoff after Suazo’s touchdown, the Bulldogs returned the favor.

Junior Kellan Moore’s 11-yard TD run concluded a 7-play, 80-yard MC drive for the final score.

Glenwood resumes conference play next Friday at Delta.

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