Demons earn their Miles

Jerry McBride/Durango Herald file photo

Austin Miles was the anchor on a Durango High School offensive line that helped create running lanes to the tune of 168.1 rushing yards per game. The senior was named to the All-Southwestern League first team for his efforts. “I’m excited that I went out on a good note,” Miles said.

By Ryan Owens Herald staff writer

The 2012 Durango High School football season didn’t end the way the Demons hoped, but the league’s coaches still took notice of the performance of four such Demons when All-Southwestern League selections came down.

Senior Austin Miles and juniors Daniel Gustavson, Isiah Mayberry and Tyler Worley all were first-team selections for the Demons.

Miles, a hulking offensive lineman, helped pave the way as Worley became the focal point of a strong rushing attack for DHS.

The Demons averaged 168.1 yards rushing per game this year, with Worley accounting for 127.3 of it for a total of 1,273 yards on 212 carries, good for third in the conference behind SWL Offensive Player of the Year Angelo Youngren’s 1,602 and Fruita Monument’s Vince Grasso’s total of 1,296.

For Miles, the lone senior from DHS honored, the award was a nice way to cap a successful high school football career, particularly considering he plays a position that doesn’t get a lot of publicity.

“I’m excited that I went out on a good note and being recognized for what I’ve done at this school,” said Miles, son of Hugh and Mary Miles.

Mayberry and Gustavson did most of their work on the other side of the ball. With Mayberry at linebacker and Gustavson on the line, Durango held opponents to 13 points or less on three different occassions, including a shutout of Kirtland Central.

One of Durango’s best defensive performances came in a game in which it surrendered 28 points. The Demons forced and recovered six Farmington fumbles in a 35-28 victory.

The three juniors are looking forward to next year, when the Demons hope to get back to the playoffs after falling just short at 4-6 this season. They’ll be heavily counted on as Durango turns to a new head coach in the wake of Greg Wyatt’s resignation after the season.

“We’ve got three all-conference players right now, so next year I feel like hopefully we can do something with our squad,” said Mayberry, son of George and Tonya Mayberry.

James Diamante of Grand Junction had 88 tackles and 4.5 sacks to earn Defensive Player of the Year honors, while Montrose head coach Todd Casebier took home the top coaching honor for leading his team to a 7-4 record, an unbeaten SWL record and league title.


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