Making the catch when it counted most |

Making the catch when it counted most

Jeff Caspersen
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Chad Spangler Post Independent
Chad Spangler |

BERTHOUD, Colorado ” Trey Fox had caught just two balls all season.

On Saturday, he hauled in his third ” and it couldn’t have been any bigger.

With 7 minutes and 8 seconds left in the fourth quarter of Saturday’s state quarterfinal football game against Berthoud, the junior teamed up with quarterback Dakota Stonehouse on a play that shifted the game’s momentum in Glenwood Springs’ favor.

Facing first-and-20 from the Berthoud 37-yard line, Stonehouse took a snap and immediately found himself under pressure from the Spartan defense.

The senior passer scrambled right, fought free of a defender and heaved a cross-field pass ” a la Brett Favre ” to the left corner of the end zone.

Waiting was a wide-open Fox, who said his nerves kicked in just a little.

“I had to get it done,” he said. “He threw that ball and I was nervous. My hands started shaking. I just knew I had to catch that ball.”

Tightly cradling the ball as it sunk into his arms, Fox did just that.

The touchdown reception gave the Demons a 43-39 lead, an advantage they wouldn’t cede en route to a 50-39 win over Berthoud.

While Fox admitted he battled nerves to make the grab, Stonehouse had a more startling admission. He didn’t even see Fox, who was in the game after teammate Connor Riley went down with a foot injury.

“I didn’t see him,” he conceded. “I knew what he was supposed to do, where he was supposed to be. I saw people coming and said, ‘You know what? I’m just going to throw it.'”

Stonehouse knew Fox’s route and mustered the arm strength to get the long pass to his younger teammate.

“I saw Dakota scrambling and I knew if I got open he could get the ball there,” said Fox, whose shoot route left him in open space. “The next thing I knew, he got loose, was able to plant and make a good throw. It was a tough throw for him.”

While many coaches might cringe at his quarterback throwing across the field, Glenwood head coach Rocky Whitworth insisted he’s more than comfortable with Stonehouse exercising his discretion.

“I want him to be able to do that,” the veteran coach said. “That’s part of our game. He’s got to move his feet as a quarterback, change the protection and do what he can to make plays.”

Stonehouse did just that, improvising in Favre-esque fashion and making the play. And Fox did his part, making his third catch of the season a special one.

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