Glenwood Springs defeats 4A GJ Central in front of homecoming crowd
The Glenwood Springs Demons straddled the running legs of junior quarterback Joaquin Sandoval on Friday night’s homecoming at Stubler Memorial Field and earned a 28-6 win over the 4A Grand Junction Central Warriors.
Second-year fullback Mason Markovich contributed touchdown passes for 14 and 9 yards, assisting a Glenwood offense that was held in check for much of the game by the central defensive front. But it was Sandoval who put on his dancing shoes a night before the big homecoming ball that provided the offensive spark for the Demons that would make the difference in the outcome of the game.
After an uneventful first drive of the game by both teams, Sandoval took what appeared to be a broken play in the Demon backfield and ran 72 yards along the sideline, passing center safety Cameron Redding in the area. north end, giving the home team a 6-0 lead. The point after Glenwood senior Andy Heisel’s attempt was blocked by the Warriors.
Central won the ball back and flexed their attacking muscles, mostly with a ground game featuring senior running backs Antonio Atencio and Santana Martinez. The Warriors ate over 7 minutes of the second quarter clock with a 13-game drive that won four first downs for South West League side Junction. But on a key fourth play deep in Glenwood territory, it was Sandoval who got up out of the Demon backfield, making a jerk tackle on Martinez at the 7-yard line, forcing Central to flip the ball over the downs .
Facing their own goal line, the Demons called on Sandoval, and the sneaky caller delivered again, breaking up numerous tackle attempts from Warrior before finally being brought down 82 yards later, just short of the Glenwood goal line. Markovich cleaned things up from there on ground around the left end, giving Glenwood a 13-0 lead after Heisel’s true PAT.
With 2:59 to go before the start of the highly anticipated halftime homecoming ceremonies, Glenwood sophomore linebacker Oliver Walz recovered a fumble from center quarterback Devin Hickey and ran intact, at 32. meters in the southern area, allowing the demons to breathe a little easier. at intermission.
A stunning stat for Glenwood saw Sandoval rushing for 152 yards on just three carries in the first half.
Penalties and turnovers were the order of the day in a less than enjoyable second half. Markovich added his second touchdown of the night, and on a missed run after attempt, Heisel was forced to pass rather than kick, finding senior Brody Porter in the end zone for a 2-run conversion.
Glenwood’s strong defense lost its shutout attempt late in the fourth period when Hickey threw a 10-yard strike to senior wide receiver Johan Treviso to give the Warriors their only trip across the goal line on the night.
“Our defense played extremely strong tonight and helped us create lots of chances. All the kids played strong tonight,” Glenwood head coach Tory Jensen said.
Glenwood (3-2) will be out next weekend before returning to action Thursday, Oct. 1 with a Western Slope League 3A game at Stubler Memorial Field against the Battle Mountain Huskies.
“We have the opportunity with the bye week to take a step back, see where we are and work on some things,” Jensen said. “We need to see how to involve more children and work on our fundamentals, but all our goals are ahead of us and I know the children will continue to work hard to achieve them.”
Around League 3A on Friday, it was Durango which won 42-14 to Mead and Battle Mountain which lost 42-13 to Niwot.
In Action 2A and 1A Friday night involving the Garfield County teams, it was Rifle who scored 14 fourth quarter points to earn the road victory at Brush, 28-23, and Roaring Fork lost 41-8 at Meecker.