Glenwood rally vs. Bulldogs falls short
MOFFAT COUNTY – The Glenwood Springs high School football team won the battles, but lost the war in Friday night’s game, according to Glenwood head coach Craig Denney.
The Demons dug themselves a big hole and ran out of time in their rally attempt, falling 27-20 to 3A Western Slope Conference foe Moffat County.
“We gave up three big plays,” Denney said. “(Moffat County) returned a kickoff 93 yards … then we gave up two long passes, just big bombers. The rest of the game we played stellar.”
Glenwood jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the first quarter as Chase Warner bowled into the end zone from 2 yards out, but the Bulldogs struck back quickly
Moffat County scored 27 straight points beginning a 93 yard return on the ensuing kickoff. Two long touchdown bombs followed and the Bulldogs capped their scoring with a 20-yard touchdown run in the second quarter.
“Our defensive backs are young,” Denney said. “They are basically all sophomores and had a difficult time dealing with (Moffat’s) speed. … Three weeks from now they won’t make those mistakes.”
After spotting the Bulldogs 27 points Glenwood buckled down. Mike Hoban moved from quarterback to running back and sophomore Chris Toler took over the quarterback position.
Both players excelled in their new spots.
Hoban scored his first of two touchdowns on an 8-yard run to close out the half and cut the lead to 27-12.
The momentum carried through to the second half for the Demons.
In the third quarter Glenwood forced the Bulldogs into a three-and-out situation, then marched down the field on an 80-yard scoring drive that extended into the fourth quarter. Hoban capped the drive with a 4-yard run and also carried the ball in for a two-point conversion to bring Glenwood within a touchdown at 27-20.
The Demon defense continued to shut down Moffat, but time was the enemy. Moffat was forced to punt and Hoban made one of his few errors in the game, as Moffat jumped on a muffed punt by Hoban.
“Hoban played a great game,” Denney said. The muffed punt “is just football.”
Defensive end Matt Wilson had a strong game for Glenwood, leading the team with nine tackles and his counterpart on the other side also played well, according to Denney.
“Our defense, other than the big plays, played very well,” Denny said. “The thing I’m really pleased with is we fought back and won the second half, which is what we have to do. We just can’t give up the big points early.”
Glenwood drops to 0-1 in the Western Slope Conference and 2-2 overall. Moffat County improves to 1-0, 2-2.
Glenwood faces another league opponent next Friday for the Demons’ homecoming in Montezuma-Cortez (0-1, 1-3).
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