PREP ROUNDUP: Glenwood football rolls past Battle Mountain, 48-3; Three local runners qualify for XC state meet
Hitting the road Friday night for a 3A Western Slope League matchup against the Battle Mountain Huskies in Edwards, the Glenwood Springs Demons football team scored 21 third-quarter points to roll to a convincing 48-3 win over the Huskies.
“We came out and played very well,” said Pat Engle, Glenwood’s head coach. “The defense played well and forced about four of five turnovers, and we capitalized on mistakes that they made.”
Against the Huskies, Luke Gair and Gavin Olson had big nights on the ground as both rushed for over 100 yards against Battle Mountain. Gair started the scoring for Glenwood with a 5-yard touchdown, before Elliot Dwyer-Walz scored on Glenwood’s second possession to take a 13-0 lead. Olson added a late score in the first half to send Glenwood into the break with a 20-3 lead one week after trailing 21-14 at Palisade.
The Demons made sure they didn’t replicate last week’s second half as Glenwood came out and fired on all cylinders in the third quarter, rolling up 21 points.
“After the Palisade game, we had some major changes on defense,” said Engle. “To be honest with you, the best thing I can say about what we did is that we had addition by subtraction. We cut out some of the fat from the scheme and just played football, and played really well.”
The win improves Glenwood to 3-5 (2-1 3A Western Slope League) on the season. The Demons host Summit next Friday in another 3A Western Slope League matchup.
THREE QUALIFY FOR STATE XC MEET
Running in the 4A Region 1 cross country meet Friday afternoon in Avon, the Glenwood Springs Demons cross country team saw seniors Henry Barth and Gavin Harden qualify for the state meet next week after placing second and 10th, respectively. As a team, the Glenwood boys placed 8th overall, while the girls placed 7th overall. Both teams narrowly missed the cut to qualify for teams.
For Barth, the senior ran a time of 16 minutes, 58 seconds, 80 one-hundredths of a second, finishing just under four seconds behind the race winner, while also outrunning the third-place finisher by 31 seconds. Along with Barth, Harden clocked a time 18:02.00, good for 10th overall and an automatic bid into the state meet.
For the girls, no individual runners qualified as freshman Ella Johnson missed an automatic bid by just one spot, placing 16th with a time of 21:00.60. Fellow freshmen runners Emma Barsness (22:07.90) and Alexa Helms (22:24.64) placed 26th and 32nd, while sophomore Sophia Vigil placed 34th with a time of 22:31.30.
At the 3A Region 1 cross country meet Friday in Aspen, Rifle saw standout sophomore Johnny Hernandez qualify for the state meet with an 8th-place finish, clocking a time of 17:51.90. Freshman Patrick Whitt placed 34th with a time of 19:14.10 for the Bears. In the girls race, sophomore Karisa Combs (22:50.10) and senior Ashley Manera (23:08.60) placed 32nd and 37th, respectively.
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It was a close game, but after some thrilling back-and-forth plays the Rifle Bears were able to pull off the 28-20 victory over The Academy on May 1.