Glenwood Springs juniors look ahead to 2008 season
“We’ll get ’em for ya next year,” a young teammate muttered to Glenwood Springs senior offensive/defensive lineman Nick Croissant after Saturday’s crushing playoff loss to Sterling. The kind words did little to ease Croissant’s pain. He knew this was it, the end of a high school football career. He’d no longer take the gridiron alongside his Demon teammates, and that stung.”It just went by so quick,” he said. “Our senior year is already over. It seems like freshman year just started. All the memories, all the teammates. It’s hard to know that it’s never going to happen again with these same guys.”It may take them a bit, but Croissant and senior teammates Chad Sommers, Tayler Larsen, Alex McPherson, Nathan Miller, Lance Tsosie, Ben Ziemann, Ryan Montover, Shea Nickel, Tyler Rossow and Matt Davis should eventually find solace in helping put Glenwood Springs back on the football map.Led by those 11 seniors, the Demons resurrected a struggling program that had made the playoffs just once in 16 years and won just 26 varsity games during a 13-year stretch from 1991 to 2003. Glenwood didn’t even field a varsity team in 1997.Unfortunately for those Demons, though, the season came to a familiar end – with a loss to Sterling. For those seniors associated with the program as freshmen, it was Sterling who dealt Glenwood a 25-10 first-round loss back then.Not the kind of full circle the senior Demons were hoping for.Still, Rocky Whitworth reserved nothing but kind words for the young men with whom he kicked off his tenure as Glenwood’s head coach in 2004.”They’re great kids,” he lauded. “We’ve got such great leadership from our seniors. They’re a small group, but boy were they something.”Junior Demon Kevin Screen, fighting tears after Saturday’s season-ending defeat, can’t wait to get back in the field in 2008 with the Class of 2007 in mind. “This is the toughest thing ever,” he said with a trembling voice. “We love every senior on the team, and we know we can’t play with them again.”
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