Top of the Hill: Glenwood Springs RB Henry Hill has field day against Steamboat Springs
Special to the Post Independent
Note: The original version of this story appeared in the Steamboat Pilot & Today. Check it out online at www.steamboatpilot.com.
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Steamboat Springs High School’s football team knew what was coming on Friday night, and they simply couldn’t stop it.
For the fourth straight year, the Sailors fell to Glenwood Springs, this time by a count of 37-10. It was due in large part to Demons running back Henry Hill, who gashed the Sailors for 186 yards and three touchdowns on 25 carries.
Hill racked up 140 of his yards in the first two quarters, as Glenwood Springs opened up a 17-3 halftime lead. The Demons senior scored his first touchdown on an 8-yard run in the first quarter, and stunned the Sailors with a 55-yard punt return for a score a minute later.
It didn’t take Glenwood Springs (1-3, 1-2 Class 3A Western Slope League) long to blow the game open in the second half, as Hill plunged in for his third score five minutes in to the third quarter, pushing the Demons’ lead to 24-3. The margin swelled to 37-3 before Steamboat speedster Mitch McCannon dashed 59 yards for the Sailors’ only touchdown with five minutes left in the game.
Hill was sporting a bulky shoulder brace and heavily taped fingers after dislocating both in Glenwood Springs’ previous game against Rifle. But Demons head coach Rocky Whitworth rode his workhorse until deep into the fourth quarter.
“I was expecting that,” Hill said of his 25 carries. “I am always expecting that, I guess. I was ready. I came off an injury last week but my shoulder held up really well, I didn’t feel anything, which was good.”
Hill said he was making a tackle during the Demons’ 13-7 loss to Rifle on Sept. 13 and had to sit out the final part of the game because of the injury. It healed up fast enough to where he was ready to play by Wednesday.
“He’s an outstanding back,” Whitworth said. “The O-line did a great job of blocking, too.”
On the flip side, the Sailors struggled to get anything going offensively. Steamboat running back Charles Toye and quarterback Zachary Holm combined for just 66 yards on 28 carries. The passing game wasn’t producing results either for the Sailors, as Holm went 10-for-19 through the air for 48 yards and three interceptions, one of which was returned 60 yards by linebacker Sam Carmer for a score.
Steamboat coach Lonn Clementson said he expected Glenwood Springs to come in with a salty group after the Demons struggled to a 0-3 record to open the season. Through the loss, however, Clementson said his team has a lot of potential moving forward.
“We have a lot to work on, but we have improved since our first game,” Clementson said. “So, for us, this is going to be a learning experience. The result isn’t what we wanted, but we went against a quality opponent, as they always are.”
Steamboat (2-2, 1-2 3A WSL) will hit the road next weekend for an 11 a.m. Saturday game at Montezuma-Cortez. With the 27-point loss to Glenwood Springs behind them, Clementon said the team will learn, move on and refocus.
“This is all about teaching and getting better,” Clementson said. “This is not about getting down on players or each other in any way. So, we’re always disappointed when we lose, but more importantly we want to build on the positive things that have happened.”
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