Demons scorch Devils, 48-13
Vail, CO, Colorado
GYPSUM ” For the first two drives, it looked like Dakota Stonehouse and the Glenwood attack actually could be stopped.
But after two three-and-outs, Stonehouse, the Demons quarterback, showed why he’s such a threat anytime he touches the ball, leading his team to scores on seven of the next eight drives.
By halftime, the No. 1-ranked Demons held an insurmountable 41-6 lead over Eagle Valley, and went on to win Friday night’s game in Gypsum, 48-13.
“We had to be patient,” Stonehouse said. “Eagle (Valley) was playing us hard. They studied us hard. But we prepared for this game. We just had to stay patient and keep our assignments.”
Stonehouse, who played only one drive in the second half, was 20-for-26 for 339 yards, passing for five touchdowns and running for another.
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“We were just clicking,” Stonehouse said. “We got in our mode and went with it.”
Glenwood made some key plays in tough situations, including a 99-yard touchdown pass with 4:40 left in the second quarter to go up 34-6.
“We had some big plays,” said Glenwood coach Rocky Whitworth. “There were a lot of things (that) happened early in the game that could have changed the course of things, and we were able to make the big plays and play some great defense.”
Eagle Valley started out strong, but did nothing on offense to help its own cause. On their first play from scrimmage, the Devils lost the ball on a Kevin Mansfield fumble. Then, after forcing the Demons to go three-and-out, the Devils turned it over again when Mansfield fumbled a punt deep in the Eagle Valley end.
“That was ugly,” Eagle Valley coach John Ramunno said. “We had turnovers. We were way off sync tonight ” all the way across the board.”
In the first half, Eagle Valley turned the ball over five times and finished the game with a minus-6 turnover ratio. And it didn’t help that anytime the Devils stumbled, the Demons were there to put another seven on the board.
“Glenwood is a good football team,” Ramunno said. “Stonehouse is just a good quarterback.”
While it worked early on, the Devils defensive scheme of sending a strong rush didn’t see much success as the game wore on.
“He’s so hard to pressure,” Ramunno said of Stonehouse. “So many times I felt our kids had a bead on him and then he gives a quick move. That team is going to do well.”
“They were being very aggressive with us, blitzing and playing man and that kind of thing,” Whitworth said of Eagle Valley. “You’re going to win some and lose some.”
Meanwhile, Glenwood’s defense put a clamp down on the Eagle Valley attack, limiting the Devils to a handful of first downs while it first team was in the game.
“They played so hard and they are quick. They came to play,” Whitworth said of his defense.
Nick Whitehead, who rushed for 108 yards, scored on a 15-yard run midway through the second quarter to cut the deficit to 19-6. Later, with the second Glenwood defense in, Mansfield had a 6-yard run for a score.
Stonehouse, playing primarily out of a shotgun, five-receiver spread, found 6-foot-8 receiver Donnie Jennert on two scores, and Bennett Nicola on the 99-yard toss. Glenwood back Michael Hudson had a 1-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.
On defense, the Devils saw John Crawford and Nick Whitehead each grab a pair of sacks.
Hitting the road
The loss drops Eagle Valley to 3-2 in the 3A Western Slope and 5-2 overall.
“We’ve just got to put this one behind us and take care of business in the next three weeks,” Ramunno said. “I think our kids will have to take a long, hard look to see how bad they want it.”
After a solid week of practice, the Devils seemed poised to put in a solid effort, but things got away from Eagle Valley early Friday night.
“It just seemed like our kids were really flat today,” Ramunno said. “(When) you are so far behind, it’s hard to catch up. It was a tough day for the Devils.”
Next Friday, the Devils travel to Rifle (3-2 league, 4-3 overall).
“We’ve got to come away with that one,” Ramunno said.
Sports Writer Ian Cropp can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 970-748-2935.