Craig A close 21-12, halftime deficit turned into one of the worst home losses the Bulldogs have suffered in more than 20 years.
The Moffat County football team was up against the toughest competition available on senior night, when undefeated and state ranked No. 1 Glenwood Springs visited the Bulldog proving grounds.
The Demons (9-0 overall, 7-0 western Slope League) were the team having the tough time early against the Bulldogs (3-6, 2-5 WSL), before pulling away in the third quarter and cruising to a 55-12 victory Friday.
The Demons jumped out to an early 21-0 lead, scoring on it first three possessions, with each drive taking less than two minutes off the clock.
Glenwood quarterback Dak-ota Stonehouse led the high-powered offense of the Demons. Stonehouse evenly distributed the ball to each of his receivers, completing nine of 16 passes for 261 yards and five touchdowns, while also running for another 105 and a score.
"We could have folded when we got down," Moffat coach Kip Hafey said. "I'm proud of the way this team responded. It's just very hard to stop their quarterback. My hat's off to them. They showed why they are the No. 1 team in the state."
Moffat County never gave up.
Consecutive sacks by Robert Daniels and Ethan Robinson forced a Demon punt. The pressure of the defense helped the offense let off some steam.
The Bulldogs stuck with their plan to run the ball and run the clock, scoring on a four- minute, 53-second drive behind a 34-yard touchdown run by Tyler Roach on 4th down and five. The Bulldogs missed the ensuing extra-point, but they had stolen the momentum from Glenwood.
Travis Wilson got in on the Moffat sack party, stopping Stonehouse for an 11-yard loss, forcing the Demons to punt once again.
Moffat chewed up more green turf behind Lyle Schaffner and Halen Raymond, with Raymond punching in from 3-yards out to pull the Bulldogs within nine, at 21-12.
Moffat County survived a scare with 36 seconds remaining before the half.
The Bulldogs botched a punt, handing the ball over to the Demons on their own 19-yard line. Glenwood drove to the 1, but turned the ball over on a bad option pitch, holding the halftime deficit to nine points.
Glenwood took over after the break. Stonehouse needed less than one minute to lead his team down the field, scoring on a 61-yard run through the center of the Bulldogs defense.
The Bulldogs weren't shying away from their offensive strategy, although they trailed 28-12. Senior Matt Kincheloe broke down the right sideline for a 51-yard jaunt, but the offense stalled on 4th down.
Glenwood went vertical on the next play. Stonehouse connected with Riley on his 3rd touchdown reception of the evening, this one an 81-yard bomb behind the Bulldog defense.
Stonehouse tossed his 5th touchdown pass of the game, connecting with Kevin Screen on a 46-yard pass, propelling the Demons to a 41-12 lead, showing the dominance provided in a top-ranked offense.
Glenwood put up 20 points in the third quarter, pulling away from the pesky Bulldogs.
"We are a team that is built on the big play," Glenwood coach Rocky Whitworth said. "It is a perfect fit for this team. It's a lot of fun to watch when we all get on the same page."
Stonehouse sat out the fourth quarter, with the game in hand for the Demons.
Lyle Schaffner finished with 16 carries for 105 yards to lead the Bulldogs.
Moffat County will visit Rifle in its season finale Friday.
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