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Glenwood pins 44-0 shutout win on Basalt

Phil Sandoval

Shutout, for the last decade, has been a nasty word to those associated with the Glenwood Springs football program.

After Friday’s 44-0 non-conference win over Basalt, the Demons can once again use the term with pride.

And the Demons (1-1) hope to use their recent victory over the Longhorns as a springboard toward a Class 3A playoff berth when Western Slope Conference play starts in two weeks.

Craig Denney has seen his team on the wrong side of infinity-to-zero defeats too many times in his tenure as Glenwood’s head football coach, so he was happy to see the upturn in the team’s fortunes.

“This was a huge game for us. The win was big after the (loss to) Roaring Fork ,” he said.

The coach added the difference between the two contests was the team’s attitude.

“We made things happen against Basalt,” Denney added. “We played a very physical game, and our offense starting kicking in.”

Glenwood Springs took command from the opening kickoff.

On the first series, quarterback Mike Hoban’s 35-yard pass to Matt Bowles was a key play in the Demons’ first touchdown.

Adam Vincent rolled up 40 of his game-high 106 rushing yards for a 7-0 lead, after Joe Schreiner’s extra point.

Vincent added a second touchdown. By then, the game was on cruise control.

Chase Warner’s TD runs of 41 and 1 yard raised the margin to 23-0, Demons, by halftime.

Schreiner, also a member of Glenwood’s varsity soccer team, hit a 14-yard field goal in the second quarter.

The remaining two periods were all Demons as Vincent, Warner, Brock Milhorn (who rushed for 99 yards in 10 carries) and Hoban continued to gain yardage against Basalt’s overwhelmed defense.

Hoban scored Glenwood’s last two touchdowns on runs of one and 18 yards, respectively.

Overall the Demons gained 388 of 442 yards on the ground.

Glenwood also shined defensively.

The Demons forced Basalt into three interceptions, two by Hoban and another by Milhorn, crushing any potential Longhorn offensive drives.

Defensive end Matt Wilson led the team with five solo tackles and one assist.

Pleased with the win, Denney also credited Basalt’s young players, saying “they are going to be a good football team in one or two years.”

On Saturday, the Demons are slated to finish the non-conference portion schedule at home against Bayfield, which plays in the 3A Intermountain Conference.

The Wolverines are under the guidance of Dave Close, who had coaching stints at Glenwood and Roaring Fork high schools before moving on to southwest Colorado.


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