Ground game as important for Glenwood as aerial attack
GLENWOOD SPRINGS — The first thing that comes to mind when fans think about this season’s Glenwood Springs High School football team is its passing game.
For good reason. The Demons have passed for more than 2,300 yards this fall.
Glenwood (12-0) is hoping its opponent in Saturday’s Class 3A state semifinals, Mountain View (11-1), puts most of its defensive focus on stopping the Demons’ air attack.
That will just open things up for an underrated ground game.
Quarterback Dakota Stonehouse and his receiving corps have justifiably drawn most of the accolades this season. Don’t discount for a second, however, the contributions of running back Michael Hudson.
Although Hudson may not be a prototypical workhorse back at 5-foot-10 and 180 pounds, the senior is a integral cog in the Demons’ offensive machine.
Hudson has rushed for 1,432 yards and 26 touchdowns.
“Mikey’s having an amazing year so far,” Stonehouse said. “He takes a lot of pressure off the passing game.
“They’ve got to worry about Mike.”
Hudson’s success gives Glenwood coach Rocky Whitworth some options with his play calling.
“We have had balance, and our linemen take a lot of pride in that,” Whitworth said.
Hudson downplays his role and, like Whitworth, gives credit to the players in the trenches.
“It just comes down to linemen doing the right things,” he said.
More than his rushing yards, Hudson is most proud that he’s been able to keep Stonehouse from being sacked much. He’s the last line of defense for the quarterback when he’s passing.
“I love getting into someone’s face and blocking them,” Hudson said. “When we watch film, that’s the thing I look at more than rushing.”
The Demons have faced a variety of game plans and schemes this year. In assessing Mountain View, whose only loss was to Tri-Valley Conference champion Fort Morgan, the Demons need only to look at
video of their game with Palisade.
The Mountain Lions and Palisade are similar offensively. Both believe in the power running game, with
linemen firing off the ball and power blocking through the middle of the line.
Despite a score that looked more like an Arena Football League result, Glenwood’s 50-39 victory at Berthoud last week came in a well-played game by both teams, Whitworth said.
“We’ve just been fortunate in that area,” Whitworth said of getting victories over both Palisade and Berthoud in games in which both teams performed well.
“The neat thing about this week is it’s (our 20 seniors’) last home game,” Whitworth said.
With temperatures expected to be unseasonably moderate Saturday, Whitworth can’t think of a better venue for a state semifinal game than Glenwood’s Stubler Memorial Field.
“We feel in our hearts we have something to prove,” said Hudson, who has played football with most of his senior teammates since they were in elementary school.
“We’ve had the dream of always winning a state championship,” Stonehouse said.
Granted, they’re giant steps in order to accomplish that, but the Demons are only two steps away.