Montrose runs over Glenwood in opener
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Before the season started, Rocky Whitworth talked at length about his Glenwood Springs football team, with a bevy of new players working their way into the fray, establishing an identity in 2009.
After a 38-12 loss to visiting Montrose in Friday’s season opener, the head coach would probably settle for establishing anything at all.
“We haven’t established anything,” quipped Whitworth, who lost some 20 seniors from last year’s 3A state championship team to graduation. “We’re still finding ourselves. We’re an open book still. We’ll see how we develop over the next three weeks.”
Whitworth’s inexperienced Demons found no answer for the ground game belonging to one of 4A’s top teams. Behind three 100-yard rushing performances, the Indians racked up 409 yards with their legs.
Glayden Berry led the way with 122 yards and a 75-yard touchdown run on 13 carries. Jordan Passehl added 116 yards and two scores and quarterback Nathan Robertson scrambled for 117 yards on 12 carries.
“They have as powerful a ground game as we’ve ever seen,” Whitworth said.
Robertson, who threw for 87 yards and two TDs on 9-for-9 passing, set the tone at the outset, scampering 70 yards on Montrose’s first play from scrimmage. His long jaunt set the stage for Passehl’s first TD of the night – a 5-yarder that came 1 minute, 58 seconds into the game.
Montrose added another TD, again courtesy of Passehl, just five minutes later and, all of a sudden, the Demons were staring at a 14-0 deficit.
But, true to form for a program that went 24-1 in 2007 and 2008, Glenwood scrapped its way back into the game.
Junior quarterback Luke Jacob led the Demons on a six-play, 56-yard drive that the speedy passer finished off himself. Motoring his way into open space out left, Jacob squeezed into the corner of the end zone from 13 yards out to put Glenwood on the board with 2:32 left in the first quarter, and inject some life into what had been a quiet home crowd at Stubler Memorial Field.
Following a Montrose turnover on downs, the Demons inched even closer.
Roughly four minutes into the second quarter, Tyler Thulson took an option pitch from Jacob, lowered his shoulder on two defenders, and plowed into the end zone. Jacob connected with senior receiver Josh Galvan on a 65-yard pass to move the Demons into the red zone and set the stage for Thulson’s tote.
A bad snap on an extra-point attempt and a failed conversion on the Demons’ two TDs left the score at 14-12 in Montrose’s favor.
And that was right about where things cooled off for the Demons.
Montrose responded with a TD of its own on the very next drive, marching 65 yards on 12 plays for a TD with 3:06 to go. Robertson provided the capper, finding Justin Trujillo with a 6-yard scoring pass to put the Indians on top 21-12 after Dylan Morris’ third extra point of the night.
The Indians went on to add a Morris field goal just before halftime and then scored a pair of third-quarter TDs to put the game away.
“I want to credit Glenwood’s kids,” Montrose coach Todd Casebier said. “Being down 14, they’ve got some tough kids and they know how to win. They didn’t know how to lose, and that’s pretty powerful.”
Casebier’s crew appears to have plenty to look forward to. Moving the ball seemingly at will, the Indians finished with 26 first downs atop their gaudy rushing totals in avenging a loss to Glenwood in 2008.
Still, Casebier and his players keyed in on a number of things they could have done better.
“We can get better,” Passehl said. “Offense, defense, special teams, tackling, running the ball – all phases of the ball we can better.”
As far as the Demons, they’ll just have to keep plugging away on establishing that identity, something they did in part on Friday.
They did make some headway.
Jacob finished the night 8-for-12 passing with 102 yards and an interception. He added 56 yards rushing on 16 carries, while Galvan caught a pair of passes for 66 yards.
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