EDWARDS - It's no longer a good idea to schedule Steamboat Springs for a Homecoming football game.
The Sailors had lost 21 in a row when Friday night's game was scheduled this summer. But Steamboat Springs football seems to be turning the corner as evidenced by Friday night's 43-0 win over Battle Mountain in Edwards.
The Sailors are 3-3, the latest in the year they have been .500 or better since the magical 2009 season. And Steamboat is a very respectable 2-3 in the brutal 3A Slope.
The Sailors got going on their second drive, needing only three plays to march 41 yards. Christian Ramirez ripped a 24-yard strike to Mitch McCannon. That set up running-back Brad Ryan for a 6-yard scamper and 7-0 lead.
Skyler Kauf made it 14-0 just two minutes later when he returned a punt 32 yards to the house.
Steamboat's Michael Yost ended a Huskies' possession with a sack, gaining possession on Battle Mountain's 45. Ramirez helped himself with his feet for a 14-yard gain and then Ryan rumbled for 26 yards to the end zone.
The Sailors extended their lead to 29-0 on a 10-yard pass from Ramirez to Ben Custer.
Positives for the Huskies included Rio Garton intercepting Ramirez at the end of the first quarter and Ben Maslan recovering a fumble on a muffed punt. Garton, Austin Tafoya and Keenan Bowman also had some tough running behind the Huskies offensive line, which got some good momentum in the second half.
Battle Mountain's best drive, however, ended with a fumble, which Steamboat's Jimmy Weltzheimer returned 91 yards for a touchdown at the end of the third quarter.
Early in the fourth quarter, Ryan went down with an injury and did not return to the field. Though Ryan went down, McCannon rushed for a 6-yard score to up Steamboat's lead to 43-0.
Perhaps Battle Mountain (0-6) can take some solace in the way the Sailors have revived their fortunes. Steamboat Springs went to the playoffs in 2009, reaching the state finals before falling to Valor Christian. The Sailors lost their coach and a ton of seniors from that squad. This would all be familiar to Huskies fans, who saw their team go 9-2 last fall and make the playoffs for the first time since 1993.
Steamboat heads home to face what should a Palisade team in a very sour mood. The Bulldogs fell to Rile, 31-3, on Thursday in Grand Junction.