Avon The emotions of last week's upset victory over Palisade may have still been with the Steamboat football players as they entered the Battle Mountain stadium Friday night It wasn't until the final three minutes of the first half when the Sailors first got onto the scoreboard, before eventually rolling to a 28-6 win.
"They were a good scrappy little ball club," said Sailors coach Mark Drake. "I give them credit. We played poorly, we didn't have intensity."
With just a few first downs in the first half and several long drives sustained by the Huskies (1-5), the Sailors (6-0) were not able to make it into the end zone until 2:47 of the second quarter.
The team's score came on a well-designed trick play as quarterback Tanner Barr took off on an option before pitching it back to running back Joey Marias, who would then connect on a long pass with wideout Adams Grimes who was waiting in the end zone. Grimes' reception was good for a 31-yard score.
The Sailors made sure the Huskies would not tie the score before halftime as they intercepted a pass from quarterback Alberto Balcazar deep into their own territory with just seconds left in the half.
Balcazar had another near touchdown pass in the first half when he threw an incomplete pass into the end zone at the end of the first quarter.
"We would have scored twice in the first half without making those silly mistakes," Huskies coach Duane Butcher said. "We did more than stay in the ball game."
Sailors offensive lineman Steve Mahosky said it took awhile for the offense to adjust to the 5-3 defense the Huskies were running.
"We came over confident, bull- headed. We thought we were going to win by a lot," Mahosky said. With (their) 5-3 defense, it took a little time to actually get used to it."
In the second half, the Sailors came out a different team as they got on the board again at the 8:58- mark of the third quarter. The touchdown came on a five-yard run by fullback Pat McMahon.
"We picked up the intensity in the second half, said Gaspar Perricone, who plays tight end and defensive back for the Sailors. "We started charging the ball."
Marias, on his only touchdown of the night, put the game out of reach in the final quarter. He led the team in both rushing and passing picking up over 150 yards on the ground and 31 yards in his touchdown pass to Grimes.