Prep Roundup: Glenwood falls to Palisade on the road
Making the trek to Stocker Stadium in Grand Junction for Thursday’s 3A Western Slope League showdown with the Palisade Bulldogs, the Glenwood Springs Demons football team fell behind early and couldn’t recover in time in a 49-6 loss.
Glenwood trailed at the half 42-6 following senior quarterback Jake Townsley’s 6-yard run to put the Demons on the board. Playing without running back Easton Gaddis, the Demons relied heavily on Townsley (nine carries, 40 yards and one touchdown), running back Juan Felan (15 carries, 33 yards) and receiver Luke Gair (five carries, two yards) on the ground.
Down at the half, Glenwood had to take to the air as Townsley threw the ball 11 times on the night, finishing 6-for-11 for 49 yards and two interceptions. Gair hauled in five of Townsley’s six completions for 48 yards.
On the Demons scoring drive, Townsley had 36 yards rushing and 19 yards passing on the 13-play, 89-yard drive. The senior signal caller had a nice scramble for 11 yards where he cut up the middle after looking to pass, and then on the following play he broke a tackle and picked up 13 yards.
Townsley also completed two passes to Gair on the drive. The drive started with an 11-yard pass to Gair, which was the longest play of the game at that point for Glenwood.
Outside of the struggles on offense as a unit, the Demons had a bright spot on special teams as Gair returned two kickoffs for 54 and 58 yards on the night, setting up the Demons in good field position.
With the loss, Glenwood falls to 2-4 (0-1 3A WSL) on the season. The Demons will travel to Battle Mountain next Friday for a matchup with the Huskies.
DEMONS FALL TO HUSKIES IN FOUR SETS
In a home matchup against a league opponent in the Battle Mountain Huskies, the Glenwood Springs Demons volleyball team came up just short in a four-set loss by scores of 25-23, 18-25, 19-25 and 22-25.
As a team, Glenwood recorded 30 kills and 39 digs, but came up with just two blocks in the loss to drop to 7-6 (2-5 3A WSL) on the season.
“We played very well at times, but then we had some crazy letdowns,” Glenwood Head Coach Dennis Sunderland said.
The Demons will travel to Rifle Saturday to take on the Bears in a rivalry matchup at 1 p.m.
DEMONS SQUEAK BY BULLDOGS
Behind two goals from Mikey Willis, the Glenwood Springs Demons soccer team was able to squeeze past the visiting Palisade Bulldogs Thursday in a close 3A Western Slope League match at Stubler Memorial Field.
Willis scored a goal in the first half off of an assist from Colton Taylor before finding the back of the net in the second half to lead Glenwood to the win. In net, Kevin Ayon made his first start since August in place of Jonny Hernandez and recorded five stops to backstop Glenwood defensively.
With the win, Glenwood improves to 6-6 (4-5 3A WSL) on the year. The Demons will travel to Summit on Tuesday for another big 3A WSL matchup with the Tigers at 6 p.m.
RAMS SWEEP LONGHORNS
On the road Thursday for a rivalry matchup with the Basalt Longhorns, the Roaring Fork Rams volleyball team came through with a big three-set win over the Longhorns on their homecoming game.
Roaring Fork won by scores of 25-10, 25-23 and 25-21 to cap off the sweep.
“We started strong and played hard all night,” Roaring Fork Head Coach Donna Batcher said. “Basalt definitely upped their intensity and game play through games 2 and 3, but our girls kept their heads up and didn’t lose their intensity. It showed in their level of increased play in games 2 and 3. “
According to Batcher, Cindy Salinas turned in her best game of the season in the middle of the Rams’ offense, while Lyndsay Hansen controlled play at the net against the Longhorns.
Roaring Fork now sits at 10-5 (6-2 3A WSL) on the season. The Rams will take on Grand Valley next Thursday at home.
BEARS SWEPT BY BULLDOGS
Hosting the Palisade Bulldogs Thursday night, the Rifle Bears volleyball team came up short in the three-set loss by scores of 11-25, 7-25 and 16-25. With the loss, Rifle falls to 3-12 (0-8 4A WSL) on the season. The Bears have a chance to turn their season around on Saturday with a big home match against the rival Glenwood Springs Demons at 1 p.m.
BEARS FALL TO TIGERS
Hosting the Summit Tigers Thursday in Rifle, the Rifle Bears boys soccer team received a goal from Jose Quinones, but lost to the Tigers by a score of 9-1, dropping its season record to 0-10-1 (0-9) on the season.
The Bears will travel to Battle Mountain next Tuesday for a big 3A Western Slope League matchup with the Huskies.
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