Running game serves Demons well
Post Independent Staff
Good old fashioned rock-em, sock-em football seems to work well for Glenwood Springs.
The Demons offense of running the ball through the heart of Delta’s defense Friday night was methodical and it served it’s purpose.
Glenwood scored all four of its offensive touchdowns via the run, gaining all but 38 of their 273 yards of total offense ground in a 35-6 Western Slope conference win over the Delta Panthers to even the Demons’ record to 1-1 (1-0).
“It was just a matter of coming out focused early,” said Glenwood coach Rocky Whitworth. “We went out and executed early and things went our way.”
The first half was all Glenwood.
After coming away empty on their first offensive drive, Daniel Mierkey’s 12-yard touchdown run broke the ice.
Four plays later, Glenwood defensive back David King raised the Demons lead to 14-0, on a 12-yard interception return.
From then on it was just a matter of how many points Glenwood would ring up against a winless Panthers (0-3, 0-1), whose roster is top-heavy with underclassmen.
Quarterback Eric Lundin capped a nine-play, 57-yard scoring drive when he drove into the end zone in the final seconds of the first half.
Up 20-0, the Demons officially made the game a rout after Lundin scored his second touchdown ” another 1-yard plunge ” with 10:23 left in the fourth quarter.
Whitworth said a key to the team’s turnaround from last week’s loss to Roaring Fork was the play of the Demons offensive line.
“They had a big step up this week,” the coach said.
And the guys up created big holes to allow backs Mierkey, Justin Montover and Jeremy Christner to gobble up hunks of yardage.
Mierkey finished with a game-high 99 yards in nine carries. Montover chipped in with 47 yards on 11 attempts. Christner rolled up 39 yards, most in the second half.
Defensively, Glenwood had its best performance of the young season, forcing four turnovers while limiting Delta to a meaningless late fourth-quarter score after Lundin’s second touchdown run.
The Panthers touchdown slowed the game long enough for the Demon subs to shine as well. Sophomore Alex McPherson closed the game with a 45-yard touchdown run for the final score with 14 seconds remaining.
Glenwood plays its final nonconference opponent Friday when the Demons travel to Alamosa.
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