Too much muscle
Glenwood turned the ball over three times as Moffat County out-muscled, out-matched and out-scored the Demons, 35-14, in a cold Class 3A Western Slope League showdown Friday night.”They overpowered every part of the game,” said senior running back Barrett Jensen. “They were so much stronger, you could just tell they wanted it more than us.”After falling to Steamboat, 31-6, last week, it was the second straight game where the Demons were shut down by a stronger, more physical team. The loss to Moffat, who shared a 3-3 WSL record with Glenwood going into the game, has greater implications however, most-likely knocking Glenwood out of playoff contention. The win keeps the Bulldogs in the playoff hunt for the fourth and final spot from the WSL.
The Bulldogs silenced Dakota Stonehouse and Glenwood’s usually high-powered offense by forcing three interceptions and holding the Demons to 222 yards in the game. Two of the interceptions resulted in scoring drives for Moffat County.”Our (defensive backs) – we told them they were going to be challenged this week and they really stepped up and played well,” said Moffat County coach Kip Hafey. “We were able to create pressure on the line and I think that was key.”Stonehouse went 16-27 for 169 yards with one 30-yard touchdown pass to Connor Riley in the third quarter and a 3-yard TD run in the second quarter. With receivers Riley and Connor Jackson back from injuries, Stonehouse had multiple targets and opportunities, but overthrew a number of passes. “I think we had receivers open, they just had pressure on us at inopportune times and we weren’t always accurate either,” said Glenwood head coach Rocky Whitworth.
Field position was huge for the Bulldogs, with Moffat’s first touchdown coming when Glenwood punted from its own end zone, setting up the Bulldogs on Glenwood’s 30-yard line. Six plays later, they scored on a 2-yard Justin Haddan run.On offense, Moffat County’s 6-foot-2, 235-pound Haddan ran over the Demons like the weren’t even obstacles. He gained 89 yards on 14 carries, always requiring more than one Demon to take him down. Fellow Bulldog running back Nick Navratil also walked over the Demons, totaling 184 yards on 29 carries and three touchdowns, one coming on a 67-yard breakaway for a third-quarter score.”They are two big, tough kids and they run hard,” Hafey said. “That’s what we got, we’re not real fast, but we got some size and that’s what we gotta use. They break tackles and if you don’t gang-tackle them, they don’t go down.”
Glenwood did gang-tackle them to take them down, but only after they had picked up sizable gains. By the end of the first half, the Bulldogs were up, 14-6, and controlled the momentum for the remainder of the contest.For 10 senior Demons, the game was their last in Glenwood, exiting on a senior night they’d sooner forget than remember.”They are bigger, but we’re faster and I think we have more ability than we showed out there tonight,” Jensen said. “It sucks being the last time we will ever step on this field, ending it that kind of way. It shouldn’t have been that way.”The Demons will conclude their season with a game at Delta on Friday.
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