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Hoban, Demons put haul to homecoming slide

The switch from quarterback to running back seems to be suiting Mike Hoban just fine.

Hoban scored the game’s only touchdown and ran for 130 yards to lead the Glenwood Demons 10-0 over Western Slope Conference foe Montezuma-Cortez Friday night at Stubler Field.

For the Demons (1-1 WSC, 3-2 overall), it was their first homecoming victory in more than a decade. It also gives them more wins so far this season than all last season.

“It’s very nice to get the homecoming win,” Glenwood coach Craig Denney added. “It wasn’t pretty and (Montezuma-Cortez) played well and didn’t quit.”

On the game’s opening kickoff the Panthers’ Mike Rivas returned the kickoff to the Glenwood 20 yard line, but that was about it for the Cortez offense for the night.

Cortez moved the ball to the 8-yard line with one of its five first downs in the game, but eventually turned the ball over on downs after an incomplete pass.

The Demons took advantage of the missed opportunity by Cortez. Glenwood marched 92 yards for the game’s first and only touchdown.

Hoban capped the drive with a 34-yard cutback run. Hoban started on the right side, before slicing against the flow and into the end zone for a 7-0 Demon lead with 4 minutes, 26 seconds left in the first quarter.

“(Cortez) overpursued to the right and when I cut back I just had one man to beat,” Hoban said. “I’ve got to say the (offensive) line just did a great job making holes.”

Hoban has three touchdowns from the running back position since being replaced at quarterback by sophomore Chris Toler.

“It’s fun to get to run with the ball,” Hoban said. “You still have a lot to think about, but it’s not as daunting (as quarterback).”

After a three-and-out by the Panthers and a 30-yard punt return by Hoban, Joe Shreiner nailed a 36-yard field goal for a 10-0 advantage with 11:49 left in the first half. Shreiner is also a member of the Demon soccer team.

“(Demon soccer coach Bob) Guska is nice enough to let us use him, and he is definitely a weapon,” Denney said.

Following the Shreiner field goal, defensive play took center stage.

While Glenwood only allowed the Panthers four more first downs in the remainder of the game, Cortez did have its opportunities to get back into the game thanks to the Demons slippery fingers.

Glenwood lost four fumbles on the night, but, each time, the defense seemed to be up for the task.

At the close of the first half, a fumbled shotgun snap by Toler gave the Panthers the ball on the Demon 30-yard line. The Panthers drove inside the 15, but a holding penalty and 9-yard loss on a reverse that junior linebacker Matt Wilson sniffed out put Cortez out of scoring range.

The only blemish on Hoban’s night was a muffed punt return, and it also led to the best scoring chance for the Panthers.

“That’s the hardest thing I have to do,” Hoban said. “There’s a lot of pressure, but I still can’t let that happen.”

The fumble put the ball on the Demons 14-yard line. A Rivas 3-yard run on fourth down gave the Panthers a first-and-goal from the 2-yard line. One play later Glenwood’s Chase Warner came up with a Rivas fumble to maintain the shutout.

The Panthers’ final threat came in the last five minutes of contest. Glenwood defensive back Jake Mauldin slipped on the wet field and quarterback Ronnie Johnson hit Kris Hooten for a 54-yard pickup. It was the first play over 10 yards for the Panthers, and it set them up at the Glenwood 17.

Three straight blitzes by the Demons led to back-to-back sacks by Jeremy Ureche, an incompletion and a fourth-and-29 hole. Johnson and Hooten hooked up for 26 yards on the fourth down, but turned the ball over on downs.

“We came in knowing if we played our defense we’d handle them pretty well,” Denney said. “Our defense is getting more and more solid every week.”

Offensively for Glenwood, Adam Vincent had 55 yards rushing and Warner had 47. Glenwood faces Palisade at Stocker Stadium Thursday at 7 p.m.

“It feels real good after so long,” said Hoban, who moved back to running back last week during the game at Moffat County.

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