Taking it to the ‘House | PostIndependent.com

Taking it to the ‘House

Post Independent/Kara K. Pearson

Dakota Stonehouse isn’t used to losing. He won the Three Rivers Youth Football Division II Championship when he was in sixth grade in 2002.He went undefeated in his seventh and eighth-grade seasons as Glenwood’s star quarterback.Now, as a sophomore, it’s no wonder Stonehouse has led the Demons to a 3-2 Class 3A Western Slope League record (4-3 overall), landing them in a tie for third place and right in the middle of the WSL playoff hunt with three games remaining in the season.

“He’s throwing the ball very well, and that’s who we are,” said Glenwood head coach Rocky Whitworth. “We are building the offense around the passing game right now.”Even without seeing the rocket arm that sends the ball like a bullet from a gun directly into his receivers’ hands or his ability to take off and earn yardage in large chunks on the ground, Stonehouse’s stats through seven games this season could speak for themselves.The six-foot, 165-pound QB has thrown for more than 1,300 yards and 13 touchdowns this season. He’s amassed more than double the yards on the ground than any of his teammates. Stonehouse, or “Doc” as he is called by his teammates, has also made completions to more than 10 different receivers. In Friday night’s 28-14 win over Eagle Valley, Stonehouse went 16 for 24 for 257 yards and two touchdowns, while rushing for 47 yards on two carries. The performance made quite an impression on Devils’ head coach Joe Ramunno.

“That Stonehouse is a heck of a quarterback. He’s got good receivers, and he put the ball right on the money when he had to,” Ramunno said. “It’s hard to pressure him, too – he gets rid of it quick.”Even as a sophomore, Stonehouse’s success this season has not been surprising to his seventh-grade coach Mitch Spencer, who witnessed Stonehouse early in his career. According to Spencer, Stonehouse was calling his own plays. “That’s a testament of how he understood the concepts we were trying to do and blocking schemes and line formations we were doing,” Spencer said. “If I would call the wrong line formation, he would switch it to the right one. He is very knowledgeable. He has always had a strong arm, he’s always been aggressive and run the ball well.”Another key factor in Stonehouse’s success is his supporting cast. He is playing with a handful of the same guys he won games with in middle school. He’s been throwing to the same targets, like fellow sophomores Connor Riley, Jordan Ciani and Kevin Screen, for five years. For five years he’s also had running back Michael Hudson lining up behind him in the back field.

“The biggest thing that helps is that he is part of a strong class. Even in middle school, it was one of the best classes we’ve had,” Spencer said. “It’s never just been Dakota. He’s always had good receivers with good hands.”This season, Stonehouse has helped guide the Demons in huge wins over Palisade and Eagle Valley. If he can help the Demons pick up a few more wins, Glenwood could be in the state playoffs – quite a feat for a sophomore QB.And with two more years to go, there’s no telling where Stonehouse and his winning ways may take the Demons.”As the years go on he’ll only get bigger and stronger and the others around him will, too,” Spencer said. “So far he’s been very durable, and he’s surrounded by strong classes, so we have high hopes for him.”

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