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Glenwood Springs Demons score all-state honors

Jeff Caspersen
jcaspersen@postindependent.com
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Chad Spangler/Post IndependentGlenwood Springs High School football players and coaches were named to the Rocky Mountain News All-State Team this week. From left, coach Rocky Whitworth, Class 3A coach of the year; Keenan Hartert, second team; Michael Hudson, second team; Connor Riley, second team; Kevin Screen, first team; Dakota Stonehouse, first team and class 3A offensive player of the year; and Jordan Ciani, honorable mention. (Not pictured is Aaron Zancanella, first team)
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GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” To the victors go the spoils.

While it’s safe to say each and every member of the Glenwood Springs football team would have been satisfied receiving no statewide recognition beyond the 3A state title trophy it took home on Nov. 29, no one’s complaining about the string of all-state honors the Demons have raked in of late.

“It’s definitely a huge honor for the Western Slope,” said senior quarterback Dakota Stonehouse, whose all-state haul trumps all.



The state’s two largest newspapers ” the Denver Post and Rocky Mountain News ” both named Stonehouse as the king of Class 3A football.

He earned player of the year honors from the Post and offensive player of the year distinction from the Rocky.



His coach the past four years, Rocky Whitworth, joined the quarterback in the awards bonanza as both papers’ coach of the year.

And plenty of Demons joined the coach and quarterback as first-teamers, second-teams or honorable mentions.

Wide receiver defensive back Kevin Screen and Stonehouse landed first-team picks from both statewide papers, while defensive lineman Aaron Zancanella joined them on the Rocky’s first team, and linebacker Jordan Ciani joined them on the Post’s first unit.

Running back Michael Hudson, receiver Connor Riley and linebacker Keenan Hartert made the Rocky’s second team and Ciani made its honorable mention list.

Hudson, Riley and placekicker Clay Hawkins each made honorable mention’s on the Post’s all-state squad.

“It’s well deserved by those young boys,” Whitworth lauded. “They had the right idea of how to approach this season and they’re receiving nice awards at the end. They definitely deserve that.”

As for his coach of the year sweep, Whitworth deflected all praise in the direction of his assistant coaches, a group that includes five Glenwood Springs High School alums.

“I can just wholeheartedly accept (the awards) on behalf of my assistant coaches that have worked so hard to bring a team where they couldn’t take it themselves. It’s a nice honor and I’m happy to be a Glenwood Demon.”

As for his quarterback, who accounted for more than 3,500 total yards and 46 touchdowns of Demon offense, Whitworth couldn’t have been more generous with his praise.

“Dakota should be all-Colorado, for sure,” Whitworth said. “No player contributed more to a program. It’s totally deserved. He’s a special young man, not just as a player, but as a person, as a representative of our community. He’s just extraordinary.”

Grand Valley offensive lineman Cole Kraft made the Denver Post’s first team and the Rocky Mountain News’ second team to lead area 2A all-state players.

Teammate Colton Cowan, a running back, was named honorable mention by the Rocky, and defensive end Landon Paskett and fullback/linebacker William Waugh were both Post honorable mentions.

Roaring Fork offensive lineman Jon Araujo represented the Rams as a Post honorable mention.


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