Prep Football: Prosence’s big rushing day lifts Glenwood over Tigers
GLENWOOD SPRINGS — The Glenwood Springs High School football team jumped to a big halftime advantage behind the big-time, consistent rushing of senior Luke Prosence, and handed the Summit Tigers a 29-7 defeat at Stubler Memorial Field on Friday night.
Prosence finished his evening with 25 carries for 244 rushing yards to go along with his four touchdown runs. The Demons (5-3 overall, 4-1 Class 3A Western Slope League) remained in first place in the league standings with the victory. They’re tied with Rifle and Palisade, who both won their games on Friday.
Rifle plays at Glenwood next Friday.
Prosence tallied both Glenwood touchdowns in the first half of the game. His 40-yard run deep into Summit territory in the waning moments of the first quarter was followed a few plays later by Prosence carrying the ball in himself for the score with 29 ticks left on the clock. The kick by Robert Hiles was strong and straight, and the Demons found themselves in the lead to stay at 7-0.
Glenwood’s first possession of the second quarter didn’t go well, as quarterback Jake Townsley — who started in place of sophomore Dante Sparaco, who did not play — lofted a long pass down field that found the arms of Summit cornerback Alec Kaker.
A personal-foul call on Glenwood helped the Tigers to move the ball to midfield, but when Demon defender Tristan Harris fell on a Summit fumble, Glenwood was in business with good field position.
Sophomore wide receiver Easton Gaddis came up with a 45-yard run on a reverse pitch from Townsley to set his team up in enemy territory at the 13-yard line. After a penalty set the Demons back five yards, Prosence decided it was time for his second score of the half as he bullied into the end zone from 18 yards out. Hiles was a bit to the left with his PAT, and Glenwood settled in at 13-0.
Summit never got much going in the first half, as several of quarterback Luke Notaro’s passes were dropped by Summit’s receivers.
Hiles closed out Glenwood’s first half with a 27-yard field goal for the 16-0 cushion after 24 minutes of play.
The third quarter saw Summit make its deepest penetration into Glenwood territory as Notaro tossed a 30-yard completion to receiver Jordan Nelson to set the Tigers up at the Demon 11-yard line. Summit’s drive ended, however, when another Notaro pass was tipped at the line of scrimmage and picked off by Glenwood defensive back Tim Batchelder.
The Demons couldn’t put a scoring drive together in the third, and the quarter ended with the game tally still at 16-0 in favor of the home team.
Early in the final stanza, Prosence decided it was time to get himself revved up again.
After Glenwood defender Austin Gonsalves pounced on a Summit fumble, giving his team possession at the Tigers 32-yard line, Prosence took the first play from scrimmage to the end zone to put Glenwood up 22-0 after the two-point try was no good.
Prosence wasn’t finished for the night just yet, though.
Following a Summit touchdown pass from Notaro to Tony Finley that cut the Demon lead to 22-7, Prosence bolted, unchaperoned, 60 yards for his fourth touchdown of the evening to provide the game’s final margin at 29-7.
Glenwood’s defense came up big all evening, forcing four Summit turnovers and nine punts for the game.
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