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Demons score homecoming victory over Piedra Vista

DHS rebounds with 48-7 win
Jordan Stanley of Durango High School recovers a Piedra Vista High School fumble Friday night at DHS during the team’s homecoming. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)

The Durango High School football team got back to its winning ways Friday, beating the visiting Piedra Vista Panthers 48-7.

“We played with some great energy again at home and got a big win on homecoming,” said DHS head coach Todd Casebier.

The Demons threw three touchdown passes and rushed for four others in the game. DHS led 42-0 at halftime and added one more score with a running clock in the third quarter.

“Our running backs ran extremely hard, Tyler (Harms) had some good throws, and our offensive line dominated the line of scrimmage,” Casebier said. “And our defense kept getting us the ball back with three-and-outs.”

Nate Messier scored from 9 yards out on the team’s first possession. Durango then kicked, and recovered, an onside kick and started driving again. The Demons, however, fumbled the ball in the red zone, and Piedra Vista recovered.

The Panthers picked up one first down on a pass interference call, but Durango forced them to punt.

On the ensuing drive, Jordan Stanley got a good lead block from William Knight and picked up 22 yards. Harms then threw a 22-yard touchdown pass to Stanley to put DHS up, 14-0.

After DHS forced PV to go three-and-out, Zach Haber rushed three times for 32 yards and scored on a 21-yard run, breaking several arm tackles on his way to the end zone.

Zach Haber of Durango High School runs the ball against Piedra Vista on Friday night at DHS during Homecoming. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)

Durango only needed one play to score on its next drive. Harms completed a 44-yard touchdown pass to Tagert Bardin, hitting him in stride as entered the end zone, and Sam Caruzzo’s kick put the Demons up, 28-0. Harms also made a big block on the touchdown, giving Harms a little extra time to complete the pass.

Chase Robertson intercepted a pass to on Piedra Vista’s next possession, but DHS fumbled on the play after and the Panthers recovered.

Piedra Vista picked up one first down and then went for it on fourth-and-7. Junior Garcia-Rodriguez, however, made a sack to force Piedra Vista to turn it over on downs.

DHS also turned it over on downs, but they capitalized on fourth down on the team’s next possession. Harms completed a pass to Stanley, who then threw the ball to Robertson for a 5-yard score. That touchdown put DHS up 35-0 with 45 seconds left in the half.

The Demons weren’t done.

Piedra Vista fumbled the kickoff. and DHS capitalized. Stanley broke free for a 23-yard run and Harms scored from 3 yards out to give DHS a 42-0 lead at the break.

With a running clock in the second half, the Demons really only had one possession, and they scored on it. Harms completed a 50-yard pass to AJ Folk to get into Piedra Vista territory. Messier then rushed for 23 yards to Piedra Vista’s 5-yard line, and Haber eventually scored on a 4-yard run.

The Panthers, however, were able to score in the fourth quarter, using a double pass to pick up 33 yards on fourth-and-9 and then Jacob Ramsted scored on a 4-yard run.

The late score, however, didn’t dampen the Demons’ spirits.

“It’s great to see the guys smiling and enjoying football,” Casebier said. “They deserve to feel good. They had a great week of practice, and it showed.”

The coach also appreciated the packed house for the game.

“What a great turnout for homecoming,” he said. “Durango really supported our team.”

The Demons improved to 3-2 overall with the win while Piedra Vista slipped to 3-3.

DHS will now have a bye week and return home to host Harrison Oct. 8 to begin league play.

Fans cheer on the Durango High School football team Friday night at DHS during Homecoming. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)