Vail Valley football: Devils offense starts up, but Demons win
GYPSUM, Colorado – Glenwood Springs and Eagle Valley achieved first in Friday night’s game at Hot Stuff Stadium in Gypsum.
The Demons raced out to a 35-0 lead on their way to a 42-26 win, their first of the season. After an 0-2 start, the defending 3A state champions, with essentially a new cast of characters, are in the win column.
“You have that monkey on you back after a season like that,” Demons coach Rocky Whitworth said. “It is important for us to take that first step. We just have to build on it now and see if we can improve some, get some guys healthy. We’re still a little banged up. It’s a big game for us.”
Meanwhile, Eagle Valley, after being blanked in its first two outings of the year, finally got its offense going to the tune of four second-half touchdowns.
“The kids did not bail and bag it,” said Eagle Valley coach John Ramunno whose team was down, 28-0, at half time. “It was pretty quiet at half time. That’s a pretty good sign. They didn’t give up. They kept trying hard. We got a couple things to go in passing and running.”
Glenwood’s defense started it for the Demons. Cornerback Tyler Thulson picked off a pass from Devils quarterback Nick Pietrack and returned it 47 yards for a touchdown. With 2:35 left in the first quarter, Thulson took a pitch from Demons quarterback Luke Jacob and rambled 21 yards to the end zone.
The Demons pounded the ball on the ground during an 11-play drive in the second quarter. Jacob called his own number from one yard out with 1:21 left in the half for a 21-0 lead.
After Eagle Valley went three-and-out, Jacob threw a 43-yard strike to Chris Ayala, putting the Demons on the Devils’ 2. Jacob went in from there for the score.
Glenwood started the second half with a perfectly executed 48-yard touchdown screen from Jacob to Thulson for a 35-0 advantage.
While the game was effectively decided, the Devils finally got going offensively. After 10 quarters of scoreless football, Eagle Valley found the end zone behind a big 52-yard run from Seth “Willie” Williamson.
The Devils forced a fumble on Glenwood’s next possession and Pietrack threw the fist of three touchdown passes on the night. His first strike was a 30-yarder to Dillon Block.
After the Demons padded their lead with their final score of the evening – a one-yard run by Jacobs – Eagle Valley continued its offensive outburst. The Devils started piling up first downs on the ground and then Pietrack hit Block again, this time for 13 yards.
Late in the fourth quarter, the Devils motored again. Pietrack to Patrick Knable for 20 yards and another touchdown finished the scoring.
Glenwood (1-2 overall and 1-0 in the 3A Slope) returns home Friday for Delta at Stubler Memorial Field. Meanwhile, Eagle Valley (0-3, 1-2) heads to Palisade Thursday.
“We’re probably not going to see the spread from Palisade,” Ramunno joked.
Palisade runs past Huskies
EAGLE-VAIL – Ramunno knows of what he speaks.
Palisade football is never subtle, and that was the case Friday night in Battle Mountain’s finale at Phelan Field. The Bulldogs used its traditional running offense and a strong defensive front four to defeat the Huskies, 62-19.
“The positive was that we moved the ball on them,” Huskies coach David Joyce said. “The problem is that they were just so strong in the second half. They stopped everything with their front four and left seven in coverage.”
Battle Mountain did generate some offense with their hurry-up offense. Parke Robbins scored on a touchdown run and hauled in two long scoring passes from quarterback Jake Engle.
Battle Mountain (0-2, 0-1) heads to Moffat County Friday.
Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934 or email@example.com.
Western Slope scores
Glenwood Springs 41, Eagle Valley 26
Palisade 62, Battle Mountain 19
Moffat County 21, Rifle 16
Pagosa Springs 47, Monetzuma-Cortez 28
Steamboat Springs 36, Delta 27
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