Prep football: Demons rip Devils to earn Homecoming victory
GLENWOOD SPRINGS — Evrett Marr blew chunks. Even so, that didn’t keep the Glenwood Springs High School football team from winning its homecoming game in a blowout.
The senior all-purpose back for the Demons admitted after his team’s 42-0 mercy rule victory over the Eagle Valley Devils that the nerves and excitement of game days can cause him to lose his lunch from time to time. That didn’t keep him from performing, though, as he finished the game at Stubler Memorial Field with 230 all-purpose yards and three touchdowns to help the 10th-ranked Demons (4-2 overall, 3-0 Class 3A Western Slope League) remain unbeaten in league play.
Needless to say, Marr was feeling just fine after the game was over.
“They beat us pretty good two years ago here in our homecoming, and we shut them out last year,” Marr said. “So we kind of figured that this was the homecoming tiebreaker game.
“And we pulled it off,” he continued. “And for us to beat them by more than Rifle did was even better.”
The game Marr referred to was the Bears’ 35-12 victory over the Devils in Rifle in the league opener for both teams. The Devils (4-2, 1-2) could never get their offense going consistently in this one, as Glenwood’s defense limited them to just 135 yards of total offense and 123 rushing yards. Plus, Glenwood forced four turnovers, with Marr recording one of the three interceptions of Devils quarterback Harrison Stevens.
“Yeah, that surprised me,” Eagle Valley coach John Ramunno said. “I thought we would play a lot better than that, and they didn’t run anything that we hadn’t seen before. I figured that we would play better defense than that, but we got beat by a good Glenwood team that got on a roll.”
Ramunno also noted that three to four of his key players suffered injuries during the game.
Glenwood coach Rocky Whitworth concurred with the opposing coach.
“Surprising? Yes,” he said. “But there’s sometimes when a team really gets on a roll and becomes really hard to stop, and I’ve been on the other end of those kinds of games too. Everything clicked tonight.”
Sophomore quarterback Dante Sparaco also found the end zone three times on runs of 1, 36 and 5 yards, with his 5-yard jaunt with 7 minutes, 31 seconds remaining in the game starting the 40-point, running-clock mercy rule. Sparaco also finished 8-of-15 passing for 133 yards and a touchdown, with that TD toss going to a remarkably wide-open Marr streaking down the left sideline that staked the Demons to a 14-0 lead after Robert Hiles’ point-after kick.
Marr intercepted a Sevens pass on Eagle Valley’s next drive and returned it 38 yards to the Devils 19. He threw up as he ran off the field, came out for a few plays and, after a drink of water, ran five yards to the Devils’ 1 to set up Sparaco’s 1-yard bootleg TD for a 21-0 lead with a 10:43 mark of the second quarter.
Eagle Valley’s offense started moving the ball at that point. Aided by a pair of Glenwood penalties, the Devils drove from their 15 to the Demons’ 2 in 12 plays before Stevens was stopped at the 1 with 5:06 left in the half.
Marr dove into the endzone from 7 yards out — his second 7-yard TD run of the game — with 2:55 left in the third for a 28-0 Glenwood lead. Sparaco’s 36-yard TD run at the end of the third made it 35-0, and Marr’s 43-yard halfback pass to Jake Townsley set up Sparaco’s final TD run of the game.
Glenwood plays next week at Delta. Eagle Valley, which got a team-high 62 rushing yards on 15 carries from Riley Rowles, will try to rebound next Friday against Steamboat Springs.
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