Glenwood pushes way back into football state playoffs
Glenwood 48, Battle Mtn. 7
Battle Mtn. 0 0 0 7 — 7
Glenwood 27 14 7 0 — 48
GS — Henry Hill 2 run (Robert Hiles kick).
GS — Travis Lundin 17 run (Hiles kick).
GS — Evrett Marr 36 pass from Lundin (Hiles kick).
GS — Hill 24 run (kick failed).
GS — Dante Sparaco 30 run (Hiles kick).
GS — Zane Lundin 27 run (Hiles kick).
GS — Zane Cleverenga 7 run (Hiles kick).
BM — Demetrius Parrish 73 run (Chase Keep kick).
GLENWOOD SPRINGS — The Class 3A state playoffs came a while back. That’s the way the Glenwood Springs High School football team feels, anyway.
The Demons, however, did what they needed to do to reach the real thing on Friday night. They scored 48 unanswered points to notch their seventh consecutive victory during their 48-7 Class 3A Western Slope League win over Battle Mountain at Stubler Memorial Field.
“The thing is, we’ve been in a playoff situation since Week 3,” said Glenwood coach Rocky Whitworth, whose team began the season 0-3 with losses to playoff teams Conifer, Palisade and Rifle. “Our improvement has been solid and steady since then.”
The Demons (7-3 overall, 6-2 league play) dictated the momentum from the start, ensuring their first postseason berth since the 2010 season when they went to the state championship game. And they did it against a team from Battle Mountain (0-10, 0-8) which didn’t give up even when the game was well in hand.
“It’s been a while,” said Glenwood senior Garrett Lowe, who spent most of the game on the sideline during the seniors’ final regular-season home game thanks to the early lead the Demons took. “But it’s also cool to see all of the freshmen get in there. I was in that boat during my freshman year, and I sure loved it.”
Asked when the last time was he emptied his bench that early, Whitworth replied: “It’s been a while. Six years, maybe?”
Glenwood, which was ranked No. 14 in the Class 3A Wildcard standings headed into Friday night’s game, will likely be on the road for the first round of the state playoffs. The top eight teams earn first-round home games.
Henry Hill finished with 102 rushing yards on five carries and a pair of scoring runs, with his 2-yard touchdown plunge with 8 minutes, 15 seconds left in the first quarter giving Glenwood the lead for good. Travis Lundin threw a 36-yard touchdown pass to Evrett Marr and ran the ball in from 17 yards away, helping the Demons take a 27-0 lead after on quarter.
Battle Mountain quarterback Demetrius Parrish got the Huskies on the scoreboard on the first play of the fourth quarter, escaping an oncoming pass rush and sprinting 73 yards up the left sideline for on of Battle Mountain’s longest scoring plays from scrimmage this season. Glenwood, however, limited Battle Mountain to 38 yards of total offense, and Parrish’s TD run gave him a team high 32 rushing yards on 14 carries.
The Huskies recovered an onside kick to start the game, but Glenwood’s defense pushed the Huskies’ offense back 7 yards on a three-and-out possession. Hill then got Glenwood within scoring position on runs of 36 and 37 yards, and he finished the scoring drive four plays later for Glenwood’s first score.
Whitworth emptied his sideline at the end of the first quarter and had his third-teamers in by the middle of the second period. They performed well enough, as freshman backup quarterback Dante Sparaco zig-zagged his way into the end zone on a 30-yard run, and Zane Lundin scored on a 27-yard scamper to start he running-clock mercy rule with 2:01 left in the first half.
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