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Demons beat Discovery Canyon to take control of league

Durango High School Senior Jordan Stanley breaks through Discovery Canyon’s defense for first of two touchdown runs on Friday. (Courtesy photo)
DHS uses three goal-line stands to silence the Thunder

The Durango High School football team made some big plays on offense and some big plays on defense to beat the visiting Discovery Canyon Thunder 42-0 on Friday at DHS and take control of the 3A Southern League.

The Demons scored on their first three drives to take a 21-0 lead before the Thunder got their a first down.

Zach Haber leaves Discovery Canyon’s defense in the dust in the Demons’ win Friday. Courtesy

Jeric Baruch scored on a short run, Zach Haber burst free for a 66-yard scamper, and Jordan Stanley ran up he middle and was gone for a 51-yard score.

Discovery Canyon responded and drove all the way into Durango’s red zone. The Demons’ defense, however, forced them to turn the ball over on downs at the 13-yard line.

Durango was forced to punt on its next two possessions. Just before halftime, Discovery Canyon put together a 15-play drive and drove Durango’s 3-yard line. On fourth-and-goal, however, Durango came up with another big stop to keep the Thunder off the scoreboard.

Jordan Stanley provides a key block allowing quarterback Tyler Harms to get a big gain against Discovery Canyon. (Courtesy photo)
Durango senior William Knight applies unrelenting pressure on Discovery Canyon's offense on Friday and sacks the Thunder quarterback. (Courtesy photo)
Zach Haber and Tyler Harms celebrate a touchdown in the Demons win over Discovery Canyon on Friday. (Courtesy photo)

In the third quarter, Discovery Canyon again put together a good drive and reached Durango’s 4-yard line. Once again, however, Durango’s defense rose to the occasion and forced an incomplete pass on fourth down to end the threat.

Durango’s offense then turned it up and got touchdowns from AJ Folk, Baruch and Jordan Stanley. Stanley’s touchdown put DHS up 42-0 in the fourth quarter and, for the fifth time in Durango’s five home games, enacted the running clock mercy rule.

With the win, Durango improves to 5-2 overall and 2-0 in the 3A Southern League where it stands atop the league standings. Discovery Canyon slipped to 3-4, 1-1.

Next, DHS will travel to Sierra (1-5, 1-0) on Friday for another league test.