Glenwood seniors cap fine career with championship
AURORA — It seemed fitting that Dakota Stonehouse was the last person to touch the football in Glenwood Springs’ 23-14 Class 3A state championship win Saturday over Fort Morgan at Legacy Stadium.
With Stonehouse touching his knee to the turf, it put an end to one of the finest high school football careers that Western Slope football has seen recently.
“This has been a dream of mine ever since I can remember,” Stonehouse said. “I have been dreaming about this day since I was little.”
Stonehouse helped make the dream a reality.
The 6-foot quarterback completed 20 of 28 passes for 72 yards and rushed for 65 yards on 20 carries. Stonehouse accounted for all three of the Demons’ touchdowns, including the final score with less than two minutes left to clinch the gold ball when he scored on a 7-yard run.
After the game, an emotional Stonehouse conducted himself as he has for four years, divvying up the credit to his teammates.
“The offensive line had a great second half,” Stonehouse said. “Mikey (Hudson) had a great game running and the receivers did a great job of getting open.”
Stonehouse connected with Kevin Screen for Glenwood’s first touchdown and again in the third quarter on a 34-yard pass play.
Stonehouse’s playmaking ability showed all day, creating plays with his arm and being just as dangerous with his legs.
“He has made an incredible difference in the program as a quarterback,” Glenwood Springs coach Rocky Whitworth said. “He is a tremendous kid, not just physically but mentally, and he is a great leader.”
Whitworth, Stonehouse and rest of the Demons turned Glenwood Springs from a program with so few players it went to a junior varsity-only program in 1997 into a winner with a 24-1 record the past two seasons by installing an offense that fed Stonehouse’s ability as a passer.
Stonehouse made the plays on the field to stump the Mustangs’ defense, but when asked how it felt to be a state champion, Stonehouse was stumped.
“I don’t know what to say,” Stonehouse said. “This is the best feeling ever.”
Stonehouse hasn’t made any decisions about where he’ll play in college — for now, he’s happy to bring a state championship back to his hometown.
“We did this for the community,” Stonehouse said. “There were so many fans here and it is good to bring one back to Glenwood.”