CRAIG (10/7/11) – â€œI love running the ball,â€ Glenwood sophomore quarterback Travis Lundin said after his three touchdown passes helped dampen Moffat County\’s Homecoming, 34-14, Friday in Craig. Lundin did run for 71 yards and a touchdown, but it was his 249 yards and 13 of 15 completions through the air that really insured Glenwood\’s fifth straight win over the Bulldogs.
The extra threat on the ground to go along with sophomore Henry Hill\’s 80 yards in 18 carries certainly helped give Glenwood\’s emerging cadre of receivers more room to get open, but Cam Avery, Michael Mills, and Austin Tribble made their share of attention-getting grabs as well as running coach Rocky Whitworth\’s precision routes to near perfection.
Lundin was also quick to praise the offensive line of Connor Denney, Logan Holmberg, Colin Page, Brian Ochoa, and center Michael Brunk â€œfor letting me throw the ball,â€ as well as the receiving corps.
Not to be outdone, the defense made some definite statements of their own – on the game\’s opening possession when they stopped Moffat\’s drive on downs at the Demon 36, and on the first play of the second quarter after the Bulldogs had reached the Glenwood 9. On 3rd and 6, Justin Barham corralled Bulldog QB Bubba Ivers for a loss of 8, forcing a field goal try that missed from 33 yards,
That preserved a 7-0 Glenwood lead, built on an 8 play, 47 yard drive set up by Mills\’ 30 yard punt return, then sustained by a balance between the running of Hill and Lundin and a 20-yard reception by Avery that overcame a holding penalty. Hill went in from the one at the two minute mark in the first quarter.
Following the missed field goal, Lundin engineered a 13 play, 80 yard scoring drive, that was nearly derailed by another penalty. But Tribble made a sensational, over-the-head reception near the sideline and turned it up for a 23-yard first down to set the tone. Lundin ran for first downs of 5, 10, and 14 yards before scoring from the 5 with 6:47 left in the half.
Ivers, who ran for 128 yards and two touchdowns in the game, briefly ignited the homecoming crowd when he scored from the 10 with 4:19 to go in the quarter, drawing the Bulldogs within 13-7. The air went out of the celebration quickly after Levi Fetterhoff returned the kickoff to the Demon 41, and on the next play, Lundin hooked up with Avery on a 59 yard touchdown. The senior receiver broke free down the right sideline, did a tap dance to stay in bounds near the MCHS 30, then sailed untouched into the end zone for a 19-7 lead with 3:57 left in the half.
The Bulldog crowd was looking forward to a spectacular halftime fireworks display, but Glenwood pre-empted it when Fetterhoff\’s interception and 24-yard return to Moffat\’s 38 set up another one-play scoring strike from Lundin to Mills with just 21 seconds remaining for a 27-7 halftime lead.
The defense rose up again in the third quarter after the Bulldogs stuffed Glenwood\’s first possession. â€œWe bent, but got tough when we had to be,â€ coach Whitworth said after a 29 yard punt gave Moffat excellent field possession on the Demon 49. Three different Bulldog backs converted first downs to the Glenwood 8, but a third down fumble by Ivers was recovered by the defense and after another three-and-out by the offense and a personal foul on a late hit gave Moffat the ball at the GSHS 22, Fetterhoff\’s deflection thwarted a 4th-down pass in the end zone.
Neither team moved the ball forcing an exchange of punts and insuring a scoreless third period, but Glenwood began an 11-play, 77-yard, game-clinching drive just before the 4th quarter that featured 16 yard screen to Garrett Lowe, a couple of Lundin runs for first downs, and a final 9-yard scoring strike to Avery, who finished with 4 catches for 99 yards and 2 TD\’s.
Lundin was 13-of-15 for 249 yards and the 3 TD\’s, making his totals, 27-of-37 for 423 yards and 5 touchdowns since replacing senior Jon Forristall at halftime last week against Battle Mountain. But Lundin was effusive in his praise for Forristall, saying, â€œJon\’s helped me progress in reading defenses. I hope we can carry the momentum into the next game, when Glenwood (2-4, 1-2 WSL) will host winless Steamboat Springs.