Vail Valley football: Without Rocky, Glenwood still wins at Battle Mountain
EDWARDS – Rest easy, Coach. The Demons have your back.Glenwood Springs football was without head coach Rocky Whitworth, but the No. 10-ranked Demons pushed aside Battle Mountain, 35-21, Friday night in Edwards.”He just had some nagging injuries, and had to have a little surgery,” Demons defensive coordinator Neil Goluba said. “It’s nothing major. He had surgery (Friday).”It’s always different without the coach. But he’s put a good staff together, and the kids did a great job to come out with a win.”Glenwood (4-1 overall, 2-0 in the 3A Slope) got the job done with an efficient option game with quarterback Luke Jacob and running back Drew Halsch, who combined for all five of the Demons’ trips to the end zone.”We fought,” Huskies coach David Joyce said. “We knew they wanted to run the ball between the tackles. We covered the pass well. We loaded the box, but they were physically too strong.”Halsch powered Glewood’s first drive, capped by a 15-yard scoring rush. Jacob scampered 38 yards to the house on the Demons’ next possession.Battle Mountain responded with a 70-yard burst from quarterback Reeve Sanders to halve Glenwood’s advantage to 14-7. Jacob plunged in from 2 yards out after Glenwood got good field possession midway through the second quarter. Glenwood closed out the half with a 6-yard score from Halsch.With a 28-7 lead at the half, it was safe to say that the Demons did not have a letdown after last week’s big win against Palisade.”We know that Battle Mountain has good players at the skill positions,” Goluba said. “They’re not a bad football team. We didn’t want to have a let down, and the kids went and did their jobs., I’m real proud of them.”The Huskies (1-4, 0-2) kept plugging away, although their offensive options remain limited without quarterback Jake Engle. Nonetheless, after Halsch scored his third TD of the game with 8:15 left in the third quarter, the Huskies put some points on the board. Sanders flew for 63 yards and a score in the fourth quarter, and later, Chris Libertini took it 48 yards for a touchdown.”We had a guy sprain his ankle. We had a guy break his thumb, but they stayed in the game,” Joyce said. “Our guys don’t quit.”Glenwood returns home for Moffat County Friday. Meanwhile, Battle Mountain is at Palisade on Saturday.Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934 or email@example.com.