It’ll be a battle of the best in Aurora as Glenwood Springs takes on Fort Morgan |

It’ll be a battle of the best in Aurora as Glenwood Springs takes on Fort Morgan

Jeff Caspersen
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Chad Spangler/Post IndependentThe Glenwood Springs High School football team celebrates a win over Berthoud in the state quarterfinals on Nov. 15. This year's class 3A state title game pits the top-seeded Demons against No. 2 Fort Morgan.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” It doesn’t happen all that often.

Not in Super Bowls. Not in the World Series. Not in the NCAA Tournament.

Rarely do the teams widely regarded as the best two in their sport play each other for a title. Upsets or teams getting hot at the right time quite often complicate the process.

Look no farther than the 2007 New York Giants. Who expected them to even make the Super Bowl, let alone win it?

In Class 3A high school football, though, Glenwood Springs and Fort Morgan have defied the odds.

Both are 13-0. Glenwood’s seeded No. 1. Fort Morgan’s seeded No. 2. Both have camped out in the top five of most regular-season rankings since the 2008 campaign kicked off.

And each has put quite the hurt on opposing teams, the Demons averaging nearly 44 points a game and the Mustangs allowing under 10 a contest.

In a perfect world, these are the two teams you’d expect to see fighting out in the end.

Turns out, perfection is just about what the Colorado High School Activities Association achieved in seeding the 3A bracket, which was the only one of the state’s five seeded classifications to feature a No. 1 vs. No. 2 finals matchup.

“The seeding worked out,” Glenwood Springs head coach Rocky Whitworth said. “(Fort Morgan) is definitely the strongest, the best football team we’ve seen. On film, they’re a very dominant team.”

Fort Morgan is probably thinking something mighty similar as it takes its looks at the Demons on film.

The notion of playing the best is one rather comfortable to Glenwood’s senior quarterback, Dakota Stonehouse, who wouldn’t have wanted the state title pairing to be any different.

“To be the best, you’ve got to beat the best,” he said after a Monday film session. “I’m glad that we’re playing Fort Morgan. … When you’re a kid, you dream of No. 1 vs. No. 2. It’ll be a great game.”

“It’s kind of just one of those situations,” Glenwood senior linebacker Jordan Ciani added. “It’s No. 1 vs. No. 2. We’re both undefeated. We’ve both fought hard for it, as hard as we could. And it all comes down to this.”

Support Local Journalism

Support Local Journalism

Readers around Glenwood Springs and Garfield County make the Post Independent’s work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.

Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.

Each donation will be used exclusively for the development and creation of increased news coverage.


Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.

User Legend: iconModerator iconTrusted User