The Demons gave the Devils hell to pay Friday afternoon.
Durango High School's first-year boys lacrosse program won its second-ever game, beating Mountain Conference opponent Eagle Valley 9-2 at DHS Stadium on a hat trick from senior Aaron Blue and hard-nosed goalkeeping from sophomore replacement Tyler Gordon.
"They played well (Friday)," DHS head coach Jed Gilden said. "Ground balls, passing and catching looked a lot better. They came out with some intensity and wanted to win a game."
DHS midfielder Connor Coughlan faked a shot and passed it to a wide-open Jamie Hards in front, who finished over the shoulder of a charging Bryce Steggall for the game's first tally.
DHS' Kendall Murphy hit the cage on a shot minutes later, before Demon goalie Tyler Gordon stopped three consecutive shots near the crease from attackman Zack Bailey.
DHS defenseman Joe Schmidt picked up a ground ball and ran hard at a defense that was anticipating a hard shot, then dished it to Aaron Blue for a quick, low finish and a 2-0 lead.
Mark Barkman scored in traffic to get the Devils (1-4) on the board, but Durango (2-6) came roaring back.
First, Devin Owen's scoop shot clanged off the left post, then Blue darted through the left side of the defense and bounced it into the top left corner.
Jamison Blair scored one last time for the Devils, absorbing a big hit during his finish. But that was the end of the brief assault on the Demons' cage.
Hards found Blue in front again for his hat trick, then Zane Bilgrav scored during a pending Eagle Valley penalty.
"Aaron Blue really played hard all around," Gilden said. "He scored, he rode hard, had some big hits out there and got the ball moving."
Attackman Matt Stillwell set up Bilgrav for his second goal and a 7-2 advantage, then junior Brennan Buiso spun and shot over Steggall's left shoulder.
Hards scored on a late scramble in front to cap off the final scoreline at 9-2.
Gordon, filling in for John Constantino, continued to make saves late into the action.
"He stepped it up," Gilden said. "He's not typically our normal goalie, but we might have to think about keeping him in there."
Gordon was modest about his debut.
"There were some I let in that I didn't quite go at right," he said with a shrug.
That wasn't the case on any chances from Bailey, who had eight shots on goal but failed to find the net once.
"I knew he was their shooter," Gordon said. "He was always looking for a shot. You can look in their eyes and see if they're looking at the goal."
Gordon credited a better defensive effort with the scoreline, echoing his coach.
"The defense looked much tougher (Friday)," Gilden said. "They came out and were much more aggressive on the ball handler."
"We did much better on faceoffs," Gilden said. "We won a lot more faceoffs than we have in the past, and that helped us possess more on offense."
Eagle Valley head coach Eric Mandeville gave his Devils their due.
"It's the best lacrosse we've played this season," he said. "They played aggressively, with high intensity."
The Demons will vie for win No. 3 this season against Steamboat Springs at 11 a.m. today at DHS Stadium.