Screen leaves little doubt that he’s a big play guy |

Screen leaves little doubt that he’s a big play guy

Dale Shrull
Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Chad Spangler Post Independent
Chad Spangler |

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” The little guy plays big.

At 160 pounds, Kevin Screen is the big play guy for the Glenwood Springs Demons.

Last week, the senior came up big with 164 yards receiving. This week as the Demons cruised past Mountain View 47-14, it was Screen who was in the middle of the big plays in the first half.

He finished with 5 catches for 143 yards and one TD.

But it was three plays that really set the tone for the Demons in the first half.

On the opening kickoff, Screen sliced his way through the Mountain Lions’ coverage for 32 yards. Quarterback Dakota Stonehouse would later score on a 16-yard run.

Then after the Demons were denied a touchdown on a fourth-and-goal from the 2, it was Screen and the punt return team who shifted the momentum back to Glenwood with a 45-yard return to the 8.

Screen busted loose down the right sideline and had one man to beat for the score but couldn’t quite escape. It’s been that way all season for Screen ” almost but not quite.

“I thought I was going to get that one but I didn’t,” he said.

Screen has had a number of long returns this year but has yet to break one all the way for a score.

Stonehouse would score three plays later to give the Demons a 17-0 lead.

After Mountain View cut the lead to 17-6, Stonehouse and Screen hooked up for the offensive play of the game.

It was one of those “Wow!” plays that had the home crowd going berserk.

Stonehouse waited in the pocket looking for a receiver then heaved a perfect spiral deep down the left sideline.

The pass looked to be overthrown. Screen glanced up and thought so too. He put his head down and accelerated to full speed, stretched out his hands and snared the ball in stride, sprinting into the endzone to complete the 57-yard TD.

“I didn’t know if I was going to get there or not,” Screen said smiling. “I just put my head down and ran as hard as I could.”

Stonehouse smiled too talking about the play. “I saw Kevin was running as fast as he could and he caught it. It was a great catch.”

Screen said the Demons work hard on special teams.

“Special teams are so important, they can turn a game around.”

Kicker Clay Hawkins was a big part of the Demons’ special teams, preventing the Mountain Lions from returning any kickoffs by drilling every kick into the endzone. He also nailed a 22-yard field goal.

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