One rough ride for Roosevelt
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado If theres anything Glenwood Springs learned from last years first-round playoff exit, its that a moving target is far tougher to hit than an idle one.With that in mind, the Demons put points on the board in droves to rout visiting Roosevelt 52-10 in the first round the Class 3A state football playoffs on Saturday.After watching a 20-6 halftime lead wither into a 28-27 loss to Sterling in the opening round of last years playoffs, Glenwood employed a merciless approach against the Rough Riders.We werent going to let Sterling happen again this year, senior quarterback Dakota Stonehouse said. We had that motivation going into the game. Nothing was going to stop us this year.And nothing did, as the 11-0 Demons put up 21 points in the first quarter and 24 in the second to bury the Rough Riders and advance to the state quarterfinals against Berthoud.Coach (Rocky Whitworth) told us to put em away early, junior receiver/defensive back Josh Galvan said. Thats why we got off to a hot start. Our team was pumped. We got 21 points in like six minutes.Galvan served as a chief catalyst in the surge he referenced, snagging an interception that gave the Demons possession deep in Roosevelt territory before hauling in a 26-yard touchdown reception two plays later.With 5 minutes and 57 seconds left in the opening quarter, Glenwood had a 21-0 lead.They gave us some things and we took advantage, Whitworth said. The offense clicked and we were throwing the ball well early. We hit a few runs and were taking what the defense gave us, really.Galvans score tailed a 24-yard TD scamper by Stonehouse on the games opening drive and a 62-yard scoring pass from Stonehouse to 6-foot-3 wideout Connor Riley.Stonehouse, who finished with 214 yards and three TDs on 15-of-25 passing, picked apart the Roosevelt secondary. He completed passes to seven different receivers on the afternoon, amassing the bulk of his yardage on short- and mid-range passes.We saw that their zone play wasnt well, Galvan noted. Thats why we had all those nice passes all over the field. Doc (Stonehouse) picked everything out and got the ball there.It wasnt just the Demon passing game that did Roosevelt in.Running back Michael Hudson racked up 115 yards and two TDs on the ground. He opened the scoring in the second quarter by busting loose for a 46-yard TD and added a 4-yard scoring burst moments later.Hudsons scores flanked a wild TD by Roosevelt freshman Marcus Holguin that left Glenwood defensive back Kevin Screen stunned. Screen jumped to deflect a long pass from quarterback Zach Legino, but the ball dropped straight into the hands of Holguin, who broke away from a shocked secondary for an 86-yard TD reception.That was the only time the Rough Riders (6-5) would see the end zone.Glenwood took a 45-10 lead into the break on Bennett Nicolas diving grab of a Stonehouse-chucked fade with 1:28 to go, and a 28-yard field goal by Clay Hawkins with 16 seconds left.The Demons shifted to a ball-control attack in the second half, scoring on just one of three possessions after finding paydirt on seven of eight first-half possessions.Stonehouse rounded out the final score with a 1-yard TD run late in the fourth quarter to cap a 14-play, 57-yard drive. Reserve running back Garrett Kobobel, a junior, ground out 46 of those yards on 10 carries.And so ended a day that saw the Demons nab their first playoff win since Nov. 10, 1990, when they knocked off Lewis-Palmer 21-8 in the first round of the postseason. Saturdays victory was one Stonehouse implored his team to go out and get.He had a pretty in-depth speech about how we need to get fired up, said Riley, a senior like Stonehouse, about how we dont want to have that feeling like last year. He really drove it in our heads that we would never put on the pads again if we lost.The Demons responded to Stonehouses words and will don their pads again next week in the state quarterfinals at Berthoud, where theyll match up against a team much like their own two teams with offenses that run the spread and throw the ball all over the field.I told em theyll be looking in the mirror, Roosevelt coach Ed Eastin said. They do some things better than Berthoud and Berthoud does some things better than they do.
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