Fast-strike offense leads Fruita to rout of Glenwood

The Fruita Monument wildcats took control of Thursday night’s game the first time they touched the ball. Devin Dance returned Glenwood Springs’ first punt 75 yards for a touchdown in the Wildcats’ 47-0 victory at Stocker Stadium.

Zach Griggs streaks down the field to score a touchdown on Fruita Monument’s first offensive play Thursday in the Wildcats’ 47-0 victory over Glenwood Springs. Griggs scored on a 60-yard reception from quarterback Zach Thorpe.

Entering Thursday’s game against Glenwood Springs, the Fruita Monument High School football team put an emphasis on blocking.

That was evident right from the start in the Wildcats’ home opener at Stocker Stadium.

Devin Dance fielded a punt and his teammates went to work, opening holes on his 75-yard return for a touchdown.

And the Wildcats didn’t stop there in their 47-0 rout of Glenwood.

“The whole week we’ve been focusing on containing our blocks and getting room for me or any of the other returners, and it just turned out perfect,” Dance said. “There were lanes everywhere and I just happened to choose the right two, then Cody (Daniels) opened up the very last block and that’s what sealed it all.”

The special-teams blocking transferred to the offense. Quarterback Zack Thorpe had plenty of time to throw the ball and Dance and Vince Grasso had plenty of room to score a combined four rushing touchdowns, the shortest of which was 18 yards.

“We really want to be a physical team,” said Fruita coach Sean Mulvey, who credited a good game plan that was well-executed for his first win as a head coach.

“We’ve worked hard with weights, we’ve worked hard in the offseason to be physical and we want to run the ball.”

Thorpe threw for 108 yards, including a 60-yard touchdown pass to Zach Griggs on the Wildcats’ first play from scrimmage.

On the ground, Grasso had three rushes for 89 yards and two touchdowns in the second half and finished with 179 yards on nine carries and three touchdowns. Dance had 59 yards on 10 carries with one rushing touchdown.

Grasso’s first big run came with 91⁄2 minutes left in the second quarter, when he took off on a 50-yard touchdown run. He added scoring runs of 34 yards and 53 yards in the third quarter.

Dance’s lone touchdown run came with 3:53 in the second quarter on a pitch he took for 18 yards.

“We knew coming into the season that we had something special with those guys,” Mulvey said of his 1-2 backfield punch.

“We really wanted to emphasize those two guys because we think that they’re really great players. When our line opens up holes like they do, they have chances to make people miss.”

Fruita wide receiver Zack Twardowski replaced injured kicker Spencer Fair and hit five of six point-after tries.

Mulvey was pleased with Twardowski’s performance and said his kickoffs improved throughout the game.

Fruita’s defense made several big plays and kept the Demons out of scoring range.

The secondary limited Glenwood quarterback John Foristall to 14 completions on 31 attempts, many of them broken up by timely hits.

On the first play after Grasso’s 50-yard run in the second quarter, linebacker Cody Daniels intercepted a pass and ran it back 20 yards for a touchdown.

“There were a couple close plays where if one guy (on the defense) wouldn’t have wrapped up, the shutout would have been over,” Dance said, “but we held our own through and through.”


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