Defense helps Glenwood outlast Delta
The Glenwood Springs’ defense got the job done in the final minutes to preserve a 15-7 Class 3A Western Slope Conference football victory over ninth-ranked Delta at Stubler Memorial Field on a wet and soggy Friday night.
Henry Hill rushed for 178 yards on 31 carries, and Derrick Chase scored on touchdown runs of one and three yards for the Demons (2-3, 2-1 WSL).
Glenwood Springs limited Delta to 211 yards of total offense.
The Panthers (3-2, 2-1 WSL) got 101 rushing yards on 20 carries from Johnny Pounce to keep them in the game.
Delta got the ball for the final time at its own 26-yard line with 1 minute, 56 seconds remaining and drove all the way down to Glenwood’s 20 with 12 seconds remaining. But a pass from Cade Gafford to Devin Williams was batted away in the end zone by Glenwood cornerback Evrett Marr with six seconds left, and Gafford fumbled the fourth-and-3 snap at the line of scrimmage to end the game.
Rifle 55, Battle Mountain 7: The undefeated Bears (5-0) outscored Battle Mountain 34-0 in the first quarter en route to the easy 3A WSC win.
Rifle’s Brock Clark had runs of 80 and two yards for touchdowns in the first quarter, and Kellin Leigh had three TD runs, taking those carries 2, 16 and 48 yards.
Fruita Monument got goals from six different players as it defeated Montezuma-Cortez 7-0 in a Southwestern League game at Canyon View Park.
Wesley Padgett scored twice for the Wildcats (7-2, 4-0 SWL) who posted their third straight league shutout. Goalkeeper Dominic Gaty made two saves in his 70 minutes.
Kyle Breeden, Andrew Bryceland, Jordan Bird, Ryan Lamar and Lucas Smith added goals for the Wildcats.
Durango 4, Central 1: Central’s Tanner Carroll scored 6 minutes into the contest with an assist from Cesar Matias for a 1-0 lead, but the Demons did the rest of the scoring.
Despite the loss, Warriors coach Doug Beach said, “We played them tougher than we have in years. Usually they just dominate us. ... We made our mistakes, and they capitalized.”
Central outshot Durango in the first half, but the Demons finished with an 18-13 advantage in shots.
Seven Delta hitters collected at least two hits as the Panthers defeated Palisade 11-3.
Delta scored three runs in each of the final three innings, pulling away after the Bulldogs (6-10) scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth to get within 5-3.
Kasha Culver led the Panthers (14-3, 5-0 WSL) with three hits, and Ashley Ortega and winning pitcher Lily Lockhart each had two extra-base hits. Lockhart threw a complete game, scattering four hits, walking six and striking out nine.
Rifle 15-10, Montezuma-Cortez 6-0: Antonia Booth hit a home run and drove in three runs in each game as Rifle swept a nonleague doubleheader from Montezuma-Cortez.
Booth, Mary Wright, Chante Church and Emma Speer each had three hits as the Bears (8-6) collected 19 hits in the opener. Church added a home run.
Rifle shortened the second game to five innings, using eight hits and six walks. Speer joined Booth with a home run.
Taylor Gore was the winning pitcher in each contest, scattering 15 hits and issuing only one walk in 12 innings.
Fruita Monument swept the doubles and defeated Montezuma-Cortez 6-1.
Colton Reimer and Sam Graf won the match at No. 3 doubles 6-0, 6-0. The Wildcats’ lone loss was in three sets at No. 1 doubles. Fruita (7-5) won the rest of the matches in straight sets.
Grand Junction bounced back from a first-game loss to beat Montezuma-Cortez 14-25, 25-13, 25-20, 25-22.
“We turned a corner tonight,” Tigers coach Shawna Emmons said. “They played so well. They came together and learned how to finish a game.”
■ Paonia defeated Rangely 25-18, 25-18, 23-25, 25-15 in 2A/1A WSL play.
■ Montrose defeated Durango in five games.