Sailors hoping to rebound

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— Sailor football player Derek Haverley has already made a significant mark in the Steamboat Springs statistical books this season, as his team prepares for a 7 p.m. date with the Battle Mountain Huskies on Friday at Gardner Field.
Haverley, a running back, has 36 carries through five games for 314 yards. He averages 8.7 yards per rush and has six touchdowns on the ground. This week, he hopes to lead his team to a big win against the Huskies, as the Sailors try to rebound from a 36-33 loss to the Bulldogs of Palisade.
Haverley, who has serious wheels in the open field, has been demonstrating some fine skills at receiver this season. He leads the team with 142 yards in receptions and has an average of 28.4 yards per game. He has three receptions for scores, which brings the grand total of touchdowns to nine for Haverley.
The Sailors, 4-1 and 1-1, have a number of other players who also have boasted admirable stats this year.
Led by the play of linebackers Blake Julian, Jamie McKelvie and Gaspar Perricone, the Sailors' defense may very well be the best in the league. The team has allowed just 10.2 points per game this season, and the linebacking crew has nearly 100 tackles. The secondary, which has tormented receivers all year long, is led by safeties Ryan Wattles and Kyle Svendsen and cornerbacks Tim Hays and Haverley. Hays, Svendsen and McKelvie all have interceptions.
Quarterback Rusty Eck is the arm behind Haverley's receiving yardage. Eck has completed 34 of 65 passes for 490 yards and has been intercepted only three times. On the ground, he likes to run the option and has accounted for more than 250 yards in rushes.
The team's best-kept secret, though, is running back Tony Haight, who has put together an incredible rushing performance this season. Haight, who has carried the ball only seven times, has gained 180 yards for an average of more than 25 yards per rush. Three of his carries went for touchdowns, and the other four were big plays.
Stewart Beall, who likes to bowl over defenders to gain most of his own yards, has 308 yards on 39 carries, including four touchdowns. His rugged running style has led to an impressive 7.9 yard average on the ground.
Svendsen also has come up big offensively for his team. The split end has 111 yards and a touchdown for a 22.2 yard average per game.
Overall, the offense leads the league with 219 points and a 43.8 average through five games. Its best performance so far this season was against Glenwood Springs High School, which Steamboat defeated 47-0 at home. The Sailors had 412 yards rushing and added 55 yards through the air. The game was Beall's first taste of action since he returned from an ankle injury that had him sidelined since the Sept. 1 Middle Park contest.
Statistics say a lot about a football team, though Steamboat's main concern right now is to win the remainder of its games. The Sailors look to have some fun with the Huskies when they take the field on Friday, Wattles said. When asked what the Huskies have in store for them, Wattles cracked a smile and replied: "Huskies will expect a mad team because we just came off a loss, and we'll be looking to draw blood, that's for sure."

To reach Eric Rineer call 871-4229 or e-mail erineer@amigo.net

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