Seven Glenwood Demons make All-3A Team |

Seven Glenwood Demons make All-3A Team

Jeff Caspersen
Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Chad Spangler Post Independent

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado”Dakota Stonehouse is quick to deflect credit for his latest accolade. That’s because he knows he owes a large part of being named the 3A Western Slope League’s back of the year to his teammates.

“I couldn’t do it if the offensive line wasn’t blocking or if I didn’t have the receivers to throw to,” said the Glenwood Springs senior quarterback. “The offensive line opened up holes and (running back) Mikey (Hudson) opened up everything.”

Stonehouse’s teammates helped the passer to some gaudy numbers in 2008. He racked up 25 touchdowns and more than 2,700 yards passing and 21 touchdowns and more than 800 yards on the ground. He finished the season with just three interceptions and completed better than 65 percent of his passes.

But all that pales in comparison to what Stonehouse and the Demons accomplished on Nov. 29, when Glenwood Springs defeated Fort Morgan 23-14 to win the Class 3A state title and finish the season a perfect 14-0.

The dream season is one that landed many a Demon on the All-3A WSL teams.

Hudson, receivers Kevin Screen and Connor Riley, linebackers Jordan Ciani and Keenan Hartert and defensive lineman Aaron Zancanella joined Stonehouse on the all-league first team.

Offensive/defensive lineman Moses Galvan, center Dru Avery, offensive lineman Evan Wagstrom and defensive back/receiver Bennett Nicola all snared honorable-mention selections.

And the man directing all those Demons, Glenwood Springs head coach Rocky Whitworth, won league coach of the year honors.

In his fifth year at the helm of the Glenwood football program, Whitworth led the Demons to their second straight league title and their third state title in school history.

It was Whitworth’s second state championship. He last won it all as Roaring Fork High School’s coach back in 1977.

Stonehouse credits his coach with much more than just helping the Demons win football games.

“He’s not only taught us the game, but how to act properly,” he said, “how to give back to the community. He’s brought this program back from the ashes.”

Rifle senior Dano Fugita was the lone Bear to make the all-league first team. He handled fullback and linebacker duties for team, which finished 3-7 overall.

Tad Davis, Joe Burgess, Kiefer Deere and Tanner Wilcox all landed honorable-mention selections for Rifle.

Stonehouse is headed to the Colorado High School Coaches Association all-state football game June 12-13 in Greeley.

The Glenwood senior will suit up for the South team alongside fellow Western Slopers Aaron Wagler (Palisade), David Rhodes (Olathe) and Tyler Hawk (Olathe).

The South squad will be coached by Fruita Monument’s Bill Moore.

It’s not yet certain where Stonehouse will be playing college ball after the all-state game. The quarterback said he’s still weighing offers.

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