Warriors blow by Demons
GLENWOOD — On a warm autumn evening that was tailor-made for high school football, the Glenwood Springs Demons, in front of a sizeable home audience, dropped their Western Slope League opener to the Grand Junction Central Warriors, 46-6.
Playing without the services of starting quarterback Jake Townsley, who was sidelined with a concussion he suffered in last week’s game against Brush, the Demons, with senior Matt Osier lining up behind center, managed to drum up very little in the way of offense on the night against a stingy, and physically imposing Central defense.
In the game’s opening quarter, it was all Central as the Warriors jumped out to a commanding 22-0 lead, primarily behind the passing of quarterback Erminio Barrera and the running legs of freshman Cade Balleweg, who found the end zone twice with just five minutes gone in the game.
The big first half moment for the Warriors was a screen pass from Barrera to speedy junior receiver Darrion Alton who rocketed down the sideline 45 yards, untouched to give his team a big early cushion in the game.
The first play of the second quarter was Glenwood’s best as Luke Gair took a pitch from Osier and galloped 43 yards before being tackled 2 yards short of a score by Central defensive backs. Junior Easton Gaddis plunged into the end zone to give the Demons what would turn out to be their only score of the evening.
Following another Barrera to Alton touchdown pass, Central had a 30-6 lead at intermission.
Glenwood got the ball to start the second half of play, but could manage very little on offense despite the persistent rushing attempts of Osier, Gaddis, and promising freshman Luke Gair.
Young and talented, coach Shawn Marsh’s Warriors stayed true to form and kept the ball in the air for most of the third quarter, with the biggest Central play coming on a highlight-reel catch by a diving Alton of a 41-yard Barrera toss for a touchdown to give the boys from Junction a runaway score of 38-6.
The game’s final statistics were a reflection of Central’s dominance on the field. Warrior quarterback Barrera was 14-for-20 in the passing department for 290 total yards and 3 touchdowns. All of those scores fell into the hands of Alton, who ended the evening with eight receptions for a whopping 215 yards.
For the Demons, Gair was the star, rushing three times for 64 yards. Gaddis got the majority of the carries, running the ball 14 times for 47 yards and a touchdown. Osier was steady and tough in guiding the Glenwood offense in Townsley’s absence, but will undoubtedly have no objections to going back to his natural running back position next week with the expected return of Townsley to the lineup.
On the evening, Central accumulated 434 total yards of offense with 17 first downs. Glenwood had 110 net yards, with five first downs.
In an interview prior to the game with KMTS radio’s Ron Milhorn, Demon coach Rocky Whitworth knew his team was facing a formidable foe in the Central Warriors.
“Central is much improved from last year,” noted Whitworth. “They are a team that is on the upswing, and they are playing very well right now.”
The Demons (0-4, 0-1 WSL) will hit the road next Thursday evening to take on the highly ranked Palisade Bulldogs at Grand Junction’s Stocker Stadium.
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It was a close game, but after some thrilling back-and-forth plays the Rifle Bears were able to pull off the 28-20 victory over The Academy on May 1.