Steamboat Springs too much for Eagle Valley
Vail, CO Colorado
GYPSUM, Colorado – Playing at a redone Hot Stuff Stadium in Gypsum against Eagle Valley, Steamboat needed only a half to determine the outcome.
The Sailors scored just about every way possible in the first 24 minutes Friday, cruising to a 42-12 win.
Steamboat scored on a punt return, an interception return, had multiple passing touchdowns and a rushing touchdown all in building a 42-0 first half lead.
“That really was the start we wanted,” Steamboat coach Aaron Finch said. “The thing we talked about is we wanted our complete game. It turned into a complete half. We found different ways to score.”
For the second week in a row, Steamboat senior Joe Dover scored a touchdown the first time he got his hands on the ball. This time it was a 75-yard punt return to put Steamboat up 7-0.
Eagle Valley (0-5 overall, 0-3 in league play) had a chance midway through the first quarter after causing a Steamboat fumble. On a fourth-down play from the Devils’ 49-yard line, Eagle Valley quarterback Nick Pietrack hit Gustavo Garcia on deep patter for a would be equalizer, but the freshman had the ball slip through his hands.
“I think we dropped a couple balls we should have had,” Eagle Valley coach John Ramunno said. “More than anything I think we missed some tackles in the first half. But Steamboat’s got some speed and they can score in a hurry.”
Steamboat (4-0, 3-0) scored on four of its next six possessions.
Quarterback Austin Hinder ran for a touchdown and threw three more – one to Cody Harris and two to Jack Spady – to give Steamboat a 35-0 lead.
Then with Eagle Valley driving in the last minute of the half, Steamboat senior Bryce Mayo picked off a Pietrack pass and took it 65 yards for a Sailors touchdown and 42-0 lead.
With a running clock because of the lopsided score, the second half breezed by.
Eagle Valley finally started to get the running game going in the second half. Seth Williamson scored from a yard out late in the third quarter to cut the lead to 42-6. Beto Chavez added a 1-yard plunge as the clock expired to make the game 42-12.
“We’re in the same boat as last year looking at ourselves at 0-5,” Ramunno said. “The goal was to win out last year. But I had 16 seniors last year. We have to work every day to get a little better.”
Eagle Valley gets a bye week before travelling to Moffat County.