Glenwood tops Conifer to go to 2-0 |

Glenwood tops Conifer to go to 2-0

Jeff Caspersen
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Chad Spangler Post Independent

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Michael Hudson had just rushed for 164 yards and two touchdowns. His team had just beaten seventh-ranked Conifer 35-14 in front of a raucous home crowd.

But the Glenwood Springs’ running back still wasn’t happy.

“We have to get rid of the mental errors,” said Hudson, a senior. “We’ve got to be perfect to make it where we want to go. We’ve got to practice.”

Those little things showed in a game the Demons led 28-0 at one point.

Penalties came in droves. Glenwood spread 100 yards between 11 infractions.

There were problems protecting quarterback Dakota Stonehouse, who found himself under pressure far too many times in the second half.

Mainly, Glenwood didn’t flash that killer instinct it knows it must develop to extend the season as far as it wants.

The Demons, ranked third in Class 3A by RockyPreps, did all those things and still beat the team that holds the seventh spot in those rankings by 21 points.

“You’ve got to give them credit,” Conifer coach Larry Fitzmaurice said, dishing out praise for Glenwood. “That’s a darn good team. They’re well coached.”

Fitzmaurice’s team found itself in an early hole thanks to the Demons’ deep arsenal of offensive weapons.

Stonehouse got the scoring started by chucking a 25-yard TD pass to Kevin Screen, who executed an end-line foot drag to perfection, in the back of the end zone with 4 minutes and 51 seconds left in the opening quarter.

That opened the flood gates.

Two possessions later, Hudson broke several tackles and sped up the left sideline for a 63-yard TD run that made it 14-0.

Stonehouse added a 1-yard scoring plunge right before halftime and Hudson chipped in a 6-yard TD run early in the third quarter and the Demons, up 28-0, appeared en route to a rout.

But Conifer wasn’t done, seizing life from a 65-yard TD scamper from running back Willie Hayes with 4:22 to go in the third.

Hayes added another scoring run early in the fourth and a game that had moments before appeared out of hand was too close for comfort as the Lobos reversed an abysmal first-half offensive showing ” one in which they totaled just 55 yards of offensive ” with some life.

So did Conifer’s defense, which regularly busted through the Demons’ offensive line to pressure Stonehouse. After their touchdown 6:53 into the third quarter, the Demons stalled out on their next three drives before Stonehouse delivered a 37-yard TD run with 2:15 remaining in the game to ice the win.

The Demon defense, which picked off Conifer quarterback Craig Fowler twice and recovered a fumble, proved to be the difference maker. A fourth-quarter interception by Kevin Screen interrupted the Lobos’ momentum in a big way, ending a drive that, if converted, could have pulled the visitors to within a TD.

Jordan Ciani had a third-quarter pick and Dru Avery recovered a fumble in the first half.

“We just had way too many turnovers,” Fitzmaurice lamented. “You can’t give the ball away to Stonehouse too many times and get away with it. Our defense was on the field way too long.”

Stonehouse finished the game with 209 passing yards and a TD on 15-of-26 passing. He rushed for 22 yards and two scores on 12 carries.

Screen hauled in a team-best six passes for 118 yards receiving, Josh Galvan added 62 yards on six receptions.

Next up for the Demons, now 2-0 on the season, is a home date with Eagle Valley.

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