Glenwood Springs downs Eagle Valley 42-21
Vail, CO Colorado
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Michael Hudson rushed for 140 yards and three touchdowns, while star quarterback Dakota Stonehouse had another solid all-around game as the Glenwood Springs Demons coasted to a 42-21 win over Eagle Valley on Friday night.
The senior Hudson really got going in the second half. Glenwood Springs (3-0) took a 21-7 lead at the intermission, enabling them to focus on the ground game in the second half.
After a somewhat quiet first half in which he carried eight times for 30 yards and a TD, Hudson broke loose in the third and fourth quarters. He reeled off runs of 18, 23, 11, and 28 for two touchdowns in helping the Demons build a 42-7 lead.
“It’s all on the o-line,” Hudson said. “They stepped up this game, all of the guys were just tearing it up.”
The offensive line for the Demons certainly did a solid job Friday night, giving Stonehouse plenty of time to throw and helping the offense churn out 249 yards on the ground on 34 carries.
Stonehouse finished 8 of 18 passing for 162 yards and a TD while adding 89 yards on the ground and two more scores to give him eight on the season. The game wasn’t all Demons early, though, like many had expected coming in. The Devils won the toss and with the first possession, drove right down the field against the No. 3 ranked team in the state.
Utilizing a wing-T formation, the Devils pounded the rock right at the Demons’ defense, driving 80 yards on 13 plays for the score on Harrison Neal’s 2-yard TD run. The drive took 4 minutes and 13 seconds off the clock and gave Eagle Valley a surge of confidence has their defense took the field for the first time against the high-powered Demons offense.
Stonehouse and company were just too much for the Devils, though. Putting together a long drive of their own, Glenwood Springs methodically moved the ball down the field, mixing in the pass with the run to tie the game a 7-7. The key play of the drive was a 27-yard pass play to Connor Riley on second and long to put the Demons inside the red zone. From there, Stonehouse took over and ran in for a 4-yard TD.
Glenwood would go on to score 42 unanswered points beginning with that drive and whatever success the Devils were able to find running the ball against the Demons on their first drive disappeared there after.
It was tough sledding to say the least for the Devils squad that moved to 0-3 on the season.
“The kids came out hard,” said Eagle Valley head coach John Ramunno in regards to the team’s opening scoring drive. “We were pretty excited to play and we were able to establish the run.
“They’re a good team, though. We knew that coming in. I was hoping that we could keep it a little closer at half, 14-7 maybe but they got that late score. We just need to get them to play four quarters.”
Starting QB Matt Morgan was 4 for 6 passing for 72 yards and a TD while also leading the running back by committee attack with 56 yards rushing. Crawford chipped in 55 yards on nine carries and Harrison Neal had 45 yards and a TD on 11 carries to lead the Devils.
The Devils also managed to tack on two late touchdowns in the fourth quarter. One coming on some nice, hard running by Brian Carrillo and the other on a 12-yard pass play to McClintock with 17 seconds left in the game.