Glenwood High’s football season kicks off tonight at Montrose |

Glenwood High’s football season kicks off tonight at Montrose

Jeff Caspersen
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

MONTROSE, Colorado ” The quest begins tonight.

Glenwood Springs wanted a tougher non-league schedule in 2008. In Montrose, the Demons get a test they believe will have them battle ready come 3A state football playoff time.

Glenwood makes the trip down to Montrose for tonight’s Week 0 showdown. Kickoff is 7 p.m.

Led by quarterback Kirk English and ample returning talent on both sides of the ball, the 4A Indians have won the Southwestern League title two years running.

“Montrose is probably going to be the champion of the 4A league,” Glenwood Springs head coach Rocky Whitworth said last week. “They’re a physical, powerful team. We play them at their home field ” definitely a challenge.”

It’ll be different from what the Demons experienced last year when they played Denver West and down a class against Roaring Fork in non-3A Western Slope League play. Neither game was close, and both went Glenwood’s way.

A home date with Conifer, last year’s 3A Metro League runner-up, awaits the Demons next week.

“The Conifer and Montrose games help us see what happens in the playoffs,” Demon quarterback Dakota Stonehouse said earlier this month. “It’s bigger competition, better teams than we see in the Western Slope.”

Teammate Jordan Ciani shared a similar sentiment.

“[Montrose is] going to be tough,” he said. “I don’t know for sure, but I feel they’ll be one of our toughest of all that we’ve played.”

Glenwood Springs is the only Garfield County high school to take on a Week 0 game. The rest ” Rifle, Coal Ridge, Roaring Fork and Grand Valley ” get their season started next week.

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