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Hudson happy to be healthy

Jeff Caspersen
Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

After missing last year’s playoffs due to an ankle injury, Glenwood Springs running back Michael Hudson has been a heck of an asset to the Demons in the 2008 postseason.

How impressive?

Well, the senior’s accounted for four touchdowns in the postseason ” three via the ground and one by air. He’s also rushed for 189 yards and racked up 59 yards receiving.

Numbers aside, Hudson’s just happy to be along for the playoff ride this time around.

“Nothing hurt more than not being able to be on the field,” he said. “I just feel like I’m part of it this time.”

Glenwood Springs will be missing a major weapon on Saturday in senior wide receiver Connor Riley, who had surgery on Tuesday to repair a broken foot. He suffered the injury during the Demons’ quarterfinal game at Berthoud.

“He will be missed,” Demons head coach Rocky Whitworth said.

“He’s a huge part of our offense,” quarterback Dakota Stonehouse added. “He’s a great receiver. I’ve been throwing to him since we were little and growing up. He’s still on our team, still a part of it. He’s still our brother.”

Riley racked up 699 yards and five touchdowns on 33 catches in 12 games this season.

Each of Glenwood Springs’ three playoff opponents have something in common: They all belong to the Tri-Valley League.

That’s not a miraculous feat by any means, given the circuit placed five teams in the 16-squad 3A bracket.

The Western Slope League champion Demons dispatched of Roosevelt 52-10 in the first round, beat Berthoud 50-39 in the second round and are preparing to face the league’s regular-season runner-up, Mountain View, in the state semifinals.

Should the stars align and both Glenwood Springs and Fort Morgan prevail in their semifinals contests, the Demons will have gone through the entire second season facing only Tri-Valley League foes.

Berthoud head coach Dan McGinn had the simplest of advice for the Demons in their quest for a 3A state title after his team dropped a shootout with Glenwood.

“Execute and don’t make any mistakes,” he offered up. “That’s what they do. They’ve got some kids that fly around and do some things on both sides of the ball. Of course, they’ve got Dakota (Stonehouse). He’s a good leader. He stays calm and executes.”

As the coach of the team that won it all last year, this is an area of expertise for McGinn.

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