Prep Football Look Ahead: History unfolds with Lundin, Demons
GLENWOOD SPRINGS — Zane Lundin knows all kinds of history when it comes to Glenwood Springs High School football. After all, there’s been a member of his family on the team for the better part of the past four decades.
“That’s what I got to grow up with,” the senior wide receiver and defensive back for the Demons said. “That’s how Christmas and holidays were spent, listening to stories about that.”
Zane is the son of Kurt Lundin, who played football for the Demons under former Glenwood Springs coach Don Miller in the late 1970s. His uncles, Steve and Fritz Jr., also played for Glenwood in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
But there’s no more Lundins coming up behind Zane, who is the last in the most recent runs of Lundins that have been on the Demons’ roster. And as for this year’s Demons (5-4 overall, 4-2 Class 3A Western Slope League play), they’re hoping Friday’s regular-season finale at Steamboat Springs (4-5, 2-4) isn’t their last game of the season. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. Friday at Gardner Field, and the game will be broadcast on KMTS (99.1 and 99.5-FM).
Still, there’s a sentimental feeling for Zane as he helps the Demons prepare for what amounts to be a make-or-break game for Glenwood’s postseason hopes.
“It’s kinda cool being the last Lundin,” he said.
The tradition started in 1974 when Steve Lundin made Glenwood’s varsity team as a freshman, was a starting wide receiver as a sophomore and was an all-state player his senior year in 1977, which earned him a full-ride football scholarship to New Mexico State. Fritz Lundin Jr. followed with the youngest, Kurt, following him, with both Fritz and Kurt playing on state championship teams. Steve’s son, Eric, was Glenwood’s quarterback under current coach Rocky Whitworth through 2006, and he was followed by another quarterback, Travis, who graduated last year, and now Zane, who’ll graduate in the spring.
So Zane grew up listening to stories about the Demons’ 1978 team that blasted Valley of Gilcrest 39-12 in the state title game played in Glenwood, along with the 1980 state title game when the Demons beat Fountain 21-6.
Zane on Friday snatched up something to brag about in holidays to come, as his 40-yard interception return for a touchdown off Rifle quarterback Layton Stutsman helped stake the Demons to a 7-6 halftime lead. Rifle eventually went on to win, 20-13.
“That pick,” he said, “got us back in the game.”
But if the Demons want any chance at winding up where those title-winning Glenwood teams did, they’ll have to win on Friday.
Glenwood is ranked No. 16 in the most recent wildcard points standings, which was released on Monday. The top 16 teams in the standings make the playoffs. That means not only would Glenwood have to win, but the Demons would have to hope for results in games across that state to fall in their favor.
That’ll make Friday night’s game that much more important — for both teams.
“Steamboat hasn’t beaten us in a while, and they have seniors who will be playing their last game and will come out against us with nothing to lose,” Lundin said. “Us? There’s still at least a light at the end of the tunnel for us as far as playoffs go. We still have something to play for.”
In the other game this week:
SUMMIT (1-8, 0-6) AT RIFLE (8-1, 5-1): The Bears, ranked No. 5 in the final Associated Press media poll of the season, have already determined that they’ll be in the Class 3A state playoffs. Their destination is the only thing in doubt.
Rifle, ranked No. 7 in the wildcard standings, can lock up no less than a share of their fourth straight 3A WSL title with a victory against the Tigers on Friday at Bears Stadium. Rifle, however, will also be keeping track of the game between Palisade (7-2, 5-1) and Delta (6-3, 4-2).
A Rifle win, coupled with a win by Delta, would secure the outright league title and a first-round home game. If Rifle and Palisade win, however, the Bears and Bulldogs would share the league championship. Palisade, by virtue of its 18-10 win at Rifle on Oct. 3, would earn the higher seeding based on the head-to-head tiebreaker. The Bears would hope to retain their spot among the top eight in the standings, which each get a first-round home game.
In an unlikely circumstance on Friday, wins by Glenwood Springs and Delta, coupled with losses by Rifle and Palisade, would create a four-way tie for first place in the 3A WSL with each team having a 5-2 league record.
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