Huskies lose tough one to Glenwood
EAGLE-VAIL – if you like defense, Friday night’s Glenwood Springs-Battle Mountain football game was for you.The Demons and Huskies racked up all of 277 total yards and combined for two safeties. In the end, it was Glenwood’s Zach Weast who picked Battle Mountain’s Travis Landauer on a halfback option to ice a 16-8 win for the visitors.”It was about as ugly as you can get, but we made a few plays when we needed to,” Demons coach Rocky Whitworth said. “We had some adversity with some injuries in key positions. Some kids stepped up.”Glenwood started the game with backup freshman quarterback Dakota Stonehouse and then proceeded to lose running backs Daniel Mierkey and Boyd Milhorn to injuries during the game.That opened the door for running back Justin Montover. With his team down 8-7 to start the second half, Battle Mountain was forced to punt. Montover blocked the kick and the ball went 30 yards back into the end zone, where the Huskies’ Chad Wilkison had to fall on the ball for the safety and a 9-8 Glenwood lead.”That was a great feeling,” Montover said. “It was a game-changing thing. It changed the whole motion of the game.”Battle Mountain struggled offensively all game and with four minutes left in the fourth quarter had to result in some trickery. Since nothing else was working, Huskies coach Pat Engle called for the halfback option. Quarterback Mike Janssen gave the ball to Landauer for the pass.
The Demons sniffed it out and Weast picked the ball and returned it to the Huskies’ 5-yard line. Montover ran it in from there to clinch the game.”We’ll second guess ourselves enough on that one,” Engle said. “That’s the way life works. Sometimes you guess right. Some times you don’t. Last week, it went for 60 yards. This week it went for six points the other way.””Justin is coming back,” Whitworth said. “He played a little running back early in the season. So, we’re really happy he’s back running the ball.”DefenseAll three touchdowns in the game came from good field position. Glenwood was the first to take advantage in the first quarter. The Demons got the ball on their 39 and take it eight plays down the field, capped by a 5-yard touchdown from Stonehouse.Battle Mountain’s defense came to the fore on Glenwood’s next possession. Pinned on his own 6, Stonehouse called his own number. He dropped back into the end zone and tried to throw the ball with Battle Mountain’s Zach Steinbach draped all over him. Stonehouse got the ball off, but the ref flagged him for intentional grounding and the safety.
“It was fun,” Steinbach said. “There’s nothing to explain. I got into the end zone. When he threw that ball, I thought, ‘Oh, no.’ But the ref threw the flag.””As a sophomore, he didn’t see the field as a varsity player and he’s turned into a two-way stud,” Engle said.Both coaches said after the game that they could not recall a game when they had seen two safeties.Late in the second quarter, Mierkey was knocked cold as he fumbled on the Glenwood 31. He was taken off on a stretcher as a precautionary measure. Whitworth said after the game that his running back had suffered a concussion. The Huskies capitalized, driving down the field as the final seconds of the half ticked down. Janssen called his own number from 1 yard out for the score. Battle Mountain failed on the two-point conversion, leaving it 9-8 at the half.The second half was a defensive standoff until the Huskies were forced to gamble late.”It’s a shame that Glenwood got that last touchdown,” Engle said. “It should have been 9-8. We couldn’t move the ball. They played their tails off. We were down one senior outside linebacker the whole second half and we had a sophomore Miah King just do a tremendous job. He did very well. It’s a process.”
“We had a young freshman quarterback out there who did a really great job,” Whitworth said. “He threw some key passes and ran the offense well. He stepped up and then we had a couple of backs come in and play. But they had the same adversity, too. They had a new quarterback. So, it was just one of those games. We had an enormous number of penalties which took all rhythm out of our offense.”Glenwood (3-3 in the Slope and 3-5 overall) controls its own playoff destiny. The Demons host Eagle Valley next week at Stubler Field. Meanwhile, the Huskies, (1-4, 2-6) are at Palisade.”There is nothing to lose,” Engle said. “I still think we have a win in this season somewhere. I really believe that.” Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at (970) 949-0555, ext. 614 or via firstname.lastname@example.org. Vail, Colorado