Glenwood stuffs Rifle with balanced attack in Three Rivers Division II finale
PEACH VALLEY – A pregame speech from Glenwood Springs High School’s star quarterback did plenty to fire up Glenwood’s Division II Three Rivers Youth Football League team.The young Demons, whose defense had allowed just one touchdown all season, didn’t surrender much in a 28-13 Super Bowl win over Rifle on Sunday. The Glenwood defense gave up just one of the two TDs put on the board by Rifle, which had a defensive score on a fumble return.
But the Demon team coached by Charlie Hill isn’t just about defense. Its offense can put points on the board as well, and did plenty of that at Coal Ridge High School on Sunday.”All season I’ve said teamwork makes dreams work,” said Hill, whose team of fifth- and sixth-graders finished off a 6-0 season. “We played from the heart, and it’s hard to play people who play from the heart.”Glenwood wasted little time, scoring on the second play of the game after recovering an onside kick on the opening kickoff. That TD came courtesy of Cole Adams, who scampered 34 yards into the end zone. Henry Hill added a conversion run and the Demons were in business just 19 seconds into the game.Rifle’s defense answered with a score 2 minutes and 42 seconds later when Kellin Leigh scooped up a fumble and sprinted 47 yards to a TD.
That’s as close as the Rifle team, coached by Brian Rust, would get.Justin Barham recorded a rushing TD – from 5 yards out – just before half to make it 13-7, and Adams added a score on an 18-yard run early in the third to make it 21-7. Quarterback Travis Lundin found Barham in the end zone for a two-point conversion after the third-quarter score.Lundin pushed across the goal line on a 1-yard keeper to make it 28-7 early in the fourth quarter.Rifle’s offense put a TD on the board late when Clinton Farr punched it home from 4 yards away.
Adams had a critical late interception for Glenwood. Lundin also had a pick.Adams finished with a game-high 131 rushing yards for the Demons, who also got 59 yards from Hill. Brian Burbidge caught a 34-yard pass from Lundin to set up one of Glenwood’s second-half TDs.Leigh had a team-best 73 yards on the ground for Rifle, while Farr totaled 63 rushing yards.Rifle finished its season with a 6-1 record.
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