Prep Football: Glenwood Springs rolls past Central; Basalt tops Grand Valley
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Basalt 31, Grand Valley 14: Leon Hernandez and Damien Vigil each scored touchdowns for the Cardinals (0-4 overall), but the Longhorns (1-3) never relinquished the lead after jumping to a 17-7 halftime cushion.
“The game turned out this way not as much for what thay did, but for what we didn’t do,” Grand Valley coach Danny Mansanares said. “It really comes down to doingg little things and playing with some consistency, and we weren’t able to do that.”
Grand Valley will begin Class 1A Western Slope League play next Friday at Paonia.
Gunnison 48, Roaring Fork 0: The Cowboys had taken a 34-0 lead before halftime on their way to a nonleague victory over the Rams (1-3 overall), who begin Class 2A Western Slope League play at home against Aspen next Friday.
Olathe 42, Coal Ridge 13: The Titans (2-2) weren’t able to earn their third win of the season during a road loss against the Pirates. Coal Ridge begins 2A WSL play at Basalt next Friday.
GRAND JUNCTION — The start for the Grand Junction Central High school football team Friday night was nice for the Warriors. The finish was much nicer for the Glenwood Springs Demons.
After the Warriors jumped to an early lead, Glenwood Springs flicked a switch and dominated the rest of the game for a 44-26 win at Stocker Stadium on Friday night in the class 3A Western Slope League opener for both teams.
The Demons scored 35 unanswered points to take a 38-7 lead at halftime, then padded the lead to 44-7 after the first drive of the third quarter before Central scored 19 fourth-quarter points.
Central coach Shawn Marsh was hoping for a better showing.
“It’s really disappointing. We’re trying really hard to do better than we’re doing and it hurts,” he said.
After ending its 21-game losing streak, the Warriors have now lost two straight but Marsh said he continues to see great effort from his players
“I love this group of kids and I want them to succeed and we’re working hard doing everything we can to find some success, but it doesn’t come easy,” he said.
Glenwood senior Evrett Marr, who Glenwood head coach Rocky Whitworth calls his change-of-pace back, had runs of 44 and 48 in the first half. The speedy senior finished with 140 yards rushing.
Highly touted sophomore QB Dante Sparaco flashed some running skills with three rushing TDs, including an electrifying 36-yard TD run on a third-and-22 to put the Demons up 17-7 in the first quarter.
The game didn’t have the look of a blowout at that point. Central QB Wyatt McElwain completed his first four passes for 83 yards. But after that, he only connected on 2 for 11 for three yards to finish the half.
Glenwood (2-2, 1-0 WSL) upped its defensive pressure and dominated the middle of the line of scrimmage shutting down the Warriors’ run game and pressuring McElwain when he looked to pass.
To start the third quarter, Sparaco turned in the play of the game.
The 225-pounder juked one defender to get loose on the outside, then he tightroped down the sidelines and turned on the speed for a 69-yard touchdown run and a 44-7 lead.
Central (1-3, 0-1) had no answers for Glenwood’s shotgun spread offense, which featured three runners in Marr, Sparaco and Luke Prosence, who had three first-half TDs.
With the game out of reach, Central’s Triston Dorrington scored on a 61-yard TD run and McElwain hit Darrion Alton on scoring strikes of 12 and eight.
Triston Dorrington, a junior, finished with 102 yards rushing on six carries for Central.
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