Steamboat Springs The Glenwood Springs Demons came to Steamboat Springs Friday night hoping to spoil homecoming.
But Sailor running back Zach Forcum wasn't about to let that happen.
The senior, who has spent a large part of the year on the sideline with an injury, scored four touchdowns in the game, including a 98-yard return on the opening kickoff.
"It set the tempo of the game," Forcum said of the runback. "It was a lot of fun."
Despite the quick score, the Demons would keep the score close until the fourth quarter. At the end of the first half, Forcum's three touchdowns gave Steamboat a narrow lead, but thanks to Glenwood's Chase Warner, who scored twice, Glenwood was within reach at 20-14.
But in the fourth quarter, Forcum and the Sailors blew the game open en route to a 33-20 win.
"It doesn't matter who puts the points on the board as long as we get the job done and get the W," Forcum said. "The line did an excellent job and opened some big holes for us. It was an excellent game."
The turning point came with just less than five minutes left to play in the third quarter. Glenwood had taken the second-half kickoff and had driven into the Sailors red zone. But Steamboat's defense held and forced Glenwood to attempt a long field goal.
"It put butterflies in our stomachs," Forcum said of the Demons' third-quarter drive. "We knew that we had to step it up."
Luckily for the Sailors, Joe Schreiner's kick was just wide, and the Sailors took over on downs.
"It was a huge turning point," Glenwood coach Craig Denney said. "That happened and then Steamboat marches down in five or six plays and gets a score and our kids got deflated."
Things got worse for Denney and his players on the ensuing kickoff. Glenwood fumbled the ball after a nice return by Mike Hoban. Steamboat's Brad Bonner picked up the ball, giving his team excellent field position.
Later in the game, Sailor quarterback David May kept the ball on a sneak and carried it 22 yards for another Sailor touchdown.
"That was basically the game," Denney said. "Our offense is not a great come-from-behind offense a team gets three scores up and it's tough for us to get back into the game. I have to give a lot of credit to Steamboat's kids. They played well and they made it count when they needed to."
Steamboat finished the game with 375 yards of total offense. Forcum led the team in rushing on 12 carries for 146 yards. May was 7-of-15 for 30 yards. He also rushed the ball four times for 37 yards.
Chris Toler completed 3-of-12 passes for the Demons. Glenwood had 170 yards on the ground and 38 yards passing on the night.
Adam Vincent led the Demons in rushing with 58 yards on 12 carries.
After the win, Sailors coach Mark Drake was already looking ahead to next week's contest against the undefeated Rifle Bears.
"We just can't let ourselves keep waiting until the second half to start putting things together," Drake said. "Every time we got down there close in the red zone, we would end up having a penalty or doing something stupid. Those are the things that we have got to correct. We cannot play like that when we play against Rifle."
Still, the coach was glad his team got the win on Friday night and feels as if his team is still in the running for the league title.
Steamboat is now 3-1 in league play, one game behind Rifle, which is leading the Western Slope. The loss drops the demons to 1-3 and 3-4.