Glenwood Springs’ Demons hope to be even better against Delta
Delta at Glenwood Springs
What: Quarterfinal round of the Class 3A state playoffs.
When: 1 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Stubler Memorial Field, Glenwood Springs.
GLENWOOD SPRINGS — For all of the things Glenwood Springs High School’s football team did right against Elizabeth during the Demons’ 14-13 victory Saturday, there were a lot of things that went wrong that coaches and players were quick to point out.
“We had our chances to make the game go even more in our favor,” Glenwood coach Rocky Whitworth said after the game. “We had our chances, but in the end, we capitalized.”
It’s because of the chances the Demons capitalized on that they’re one of the eight teams remaining in the Class 3A state playoffs. Glenwood (8-3), the No. 12 seed in the bracket, will host 13th-seeded Delta (8-3) in the state quarterfinals at 1 p.m. Saturday at Stubler Memorial Field.
As a whole, Glenwood finished with almost as many rushing yards (227) as the Cardinals had yards of total offense (239). There were two particular instances during the game, however, when the Demons missed scoring opportunities.
On the Demons’ second possession of the game, the Cardinals forced Glenwood into a fourth-and-7 on their own 36. Glenwood went into punt formation and, instead of punting, called a fake punt. The ball was snapped to Dante Sparaco in the back position. He threw over the middle to a wide-open Chris Sarabia, who had a clear path ahead of him to the end zone if the pass hadn’t gone off his fingertips.
Elizabeth scored four plays later on a 59-yard pass from Brody Oliver to Chasyn Nicholas, giving Elizabeth the initial 7-0 lead after the point-after kick.
The other came at the beginning of the fourth quarter with the Cardinals ahead 13-7. Glenwood’s Garrett Lowe hit Oliver in the backfield and forced a fumble, and Glenwood’s Colton Vail pounced on it to give the Demons a first-and-goal at the Cardinals’ 5.
Sparaco came in at quarterback to give the Demons another running option along with tailback Henry Hill, who finished the game with 183 rushing yards. But on the second snap after the fumble recovery, the handoff between Hill and Sparaco was fumbled, and Elizabeth’s Jaxon Graber pounced on it to end the scoring threat.
Glenwood ended up scoring the game winning touchdown on a Travis Lundin quarterback sneak with 3 minutes, 40 seconds left to play.
Those instances are likely items that will be touched on as the Demons prepare to play Delta. But on Saturday, Whitworth was more than happy with his team’s tenacity.
“We have a little saying: Play to the next play,” the coach said. “We hang our hat on that. No matter what happens, good bad or indifferent, you play to the next play because you never know what will happen.”
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