GRAND JUNCTION (9/15/11) — After reaching the 3A championship game last season, the Glenwood Springs Demons entered this season ranked as high as second in some state polls, but after suffering their second straight shutout, 47-0 to a 4A Fruita team that was previously winless, the Demons appear to be in a rebuilding mode.
Glenwood (1-2) did put together some first downs in moving the ball against the Wildcats (1-2), managing to get inside the Fruita 30 once in each half, but yielded the ball on downs both times. Meanwhile, the Wildcats struck quickly, scoring on a 75-yard punt return and a 61-yard run, two of the first three times they touched the ball. It was 33-0 by halftime, and when the Wildcats scored on their first possession of the third quarter, the ignominious running clock was started.
Jon Forristall completed 13-of-29 passes (all but one in the first half) for 110 yards; Travis Lundin went 3-of-8 for 35 yards passing. Henry Hill gained 68 yards on 18 carries. Austin Tribble led the receivers with 8 catches for 68 yards. Vince Grasso gained 182 yards in 9 carries, scoring on touchdown runs of 53, 51, and 34 yards. Devin Dance had the 75-yard TD punt return and also an 18 yard scoring run, gaining 58 yards on 7 carries. Quarterback Zack Thorpe was 5-of-8 for 91 yards, including a 61-yard scoring pass to Zach Griggs.
Things get no easier for the Demons, who open their Western Slope League season Friday by hosting the undefeated Palisade Bulldogs.
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