Glenwood Rolls to Second Round of Playoffs


Jaymin Kanzer, Sports Editor

    The teams of the 3A west division felt the wrath of the Glenwood Springs Demons varsity football team the entire regular season, and the playoffs are no different. The Demons matched up against the Northfield Nighthawks last Saturday, and absolutely wiped the floor with them beating them 56-13.

    After an undefeated season, the Demons looked to do something that hasn’t been done in over a decade. The 2008 Demons, led by head coach Rocky Whitworth, was the last Glenwood team to reach the peak of the mountain and did it without losing once. The 2010 Demons almost recreated the monumental season, going undefeated as well, but were stopped one game short, just like the 2007-2008 New England Patriots. The last time the Demons made playoffs was in 2014, where they lost in the first round of the playoffs to Evergreen. 

    The Demons started off the scoring on their first possession. A forced punt from the Demons brick wall defense gave Glenwood the ball at mid-field. Big chunks were picked up by the running back duo, junior Blake Nieslanik, and Garret Dollahan, and the drive was finished from one yard out on a handoff to Dollahan to break the scoring open. Senior kicker, Tyler Thomas was perfect on extra points the entire afternoon. 

    The Nighthawks weren’t able to do anything with the ball and punted back to the Demons. Young gunner Joaquin Sandoval showed off his arm multiple times during the drive, leading them down to the Nighthawks 10-yard line. Sandoval only threw the ball seven times but connected on all seven attempts for 104 yards and a touchdown. With the ball at the ten, Sandoval gave the ball to junior Ray Rosenmerkel, who slipped through the line and into the endzone for Glenwoods second touchdown in the first quarter. 

    After receiving the ball down 14-0, the Nighthawks connected on a pass down the sideline, and the Northfield receiver and future Olympic runner bolted for an 80-yard touchdown. Senior cornerback Jeffery Lowe didn’t even have a chance. 

    Nieslanik hates seeing his teammates disrespected though. On the first play of the second quarter, Nieslanik fought through the trenches and through the second level, for a 66-yard touchdown, to make the game a two-possession game once again. 

    The Nighthawks were on their own 15-yard line after a not-so-great kick return after the Demon’s third touchdown. Then great pressure from junior defensive tackle Sawyer McKenney, and a big hit from senior defensive tackle Nolan McPherson, forced the ball out of the Nighthawks quarterback’s hand and rolled into the endzone. That’s where senior outside linebacker Ian Cecil-Hoerl found it which he scooped up for the free six points. 

    The Demons got their fifth touchdown of the half late in the second, thanks to a rush from Dollahan, his second of the game, to go up 35-7 going into the half. 

    With not much off the clock in the third quarter, senior cornerback Stephen Morris picked off the Nighthawks and gave the Demons great field position. A big chunk picked up by Nieslanik and just like that, the Demons were 5-yards outside of the endzone. Which was easily fixed by Dollahan, for his third touchdown of the game and in as many quarters. He finished the game with 80 rushing yards on 15 attempts and three touchdowns. Less then three minutes had gone by before the Demons offense found themselves back on the field, and less then a minutes later they found themselves in the endzone celebrating the seventh touchdown of the game. Junior specialist Ray Rosenmerkel broke one loose and brought it all the way home to go up 49-7. This touchdown tickled the mercy rule, so the clock started running for the entirety of the fourth quarter. The Demons final touchdown came on a 14-yard touchdown pass from Sandoval to junior receiver Evan Heyl. The final score of  the game was 56-14.

    The Demons now match up agains the Rifle Bears, who beat The Academy Wildcats 28-20. On the otherside of the bracket, the Basalt Longhorns faced off against the Sand Creek Scorpians, and lost in a close game 27-22. 

    The Demons face the Bears on Saturday May Eighth, kickoff is at high noon. Whoever wins this game will face the winner of the Sand Creek, The Classical Academy game for the championship of hte sole spring football season.