Glenwood Springs advances to state semifinals in Class 3A football playoffs
MONUMENT — Glenwood Springs seized the momentum Saturday, tamed the wind and breezed past Lewis-Palmer 42-21 to advance in the Class 3A state football playoffs.
Behind a rabid defensive effort and an efficient offense, the Demons prevailed on a balmy but blustery afternoon at Lewis-Palmer.
Glenwood took advantage of three turnovers and won the field position battle in the first half to take control of the game early.
On the first drive, Lewis-Palmer sliced through the Demons’ defense like wind through a screen door. After driving 69 yards on 10 plays, the drive came to an abrupt halt at the 8-yard line.
Glenwood stuffed a fourth-and-3 play to take over.
Later in the first, senior Drew Halsch scored the first of three touchdowns on a 2-yard run.
After a slick diving interception by Levi Fetterhoff, the Demons drove 42 yards on only four plays to take a 14-0 lead on Halsch’s 3-yard run.
The big plays on the drive were a 21-yard scamper by quarterback Luke Jacob and a 22-yard pass from Jacob to Cam Avrey.
Chad Montover scored from three yards out to give the Demons a 21-0 lead, then J.D. Weeden picked up a fumble that led to a 23-yard ramble by Halsch for a comfortable 28-0 lead with 8:32 remaining in the half.
Lewis-Palmer’s Jesse Vieira got the Rangers on the scoreboard with a 62-yard run off a fake punt to make it 28-7.
After seeing the lead cut to 28-14 in the third, the Demons’ offense smashed any comeback dreams with a statement drive in the fourth quarter, with Jacob scoring on a marvelous 44-yard run.
Using a key block by Blaze Barham, the senior quarterback broke into the secondary, juked a defender to his knees at the 40, then bolted down the sideline, stuffing Vieira with a stout stiff-arm at the 10 to skitter into the end zone.
On a breezy day, the Demons relied heavily on their ground game. Jacob ended with 162 yards on 17 carries and Halsch had 110 yards on 18 carries.
Montover wrapped up Glenwood’s scoring with a 54-yard interception return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter.
“I was really happy with the way we played and how we handled the wind. The field position in a wind game is everything,” Glenwood coach Rocky Whitworth said.
This week, the Demons will be at home in a semifinal game against Cañon City. Glenwood (11-1) is looking to win its second Class 3A state championship in three years.