Secret's out

Hayden football dominates West Grand

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— Prior to the season, talk around the 1A Western Slope League was that Hayden was down and rebuilding.

Saturday night, the Tigers all but shut those whispers up.

Hayden ran left, right and through West Grand on its way to a 38-6 victory.

"We're back for another season," Hayden fullback Brandon Ford declared. "This ain't a rebuilding year for us."

"They don't get a whole lot better than this," Hayden head coach Shawn Baumgartner said.

Coming into the game, the Rocky Mountain News had West Grand ranked No. 6 in Class 1A.

Early in the game it looked like the Mustangs might live up to that high ranking.

On its first possession, West Grand took the ball and went 64 yards in four plays to take a 6-0 lead.

Hayden (3-0, 1-0) answered right back, when Coy Letlow took the ball over the right side and scampered 85 yards for a touchdown.

It was a sign of things to come from Letlow.

On Hayden's next possession, Letlow scored from 15 yards out. One possession later he added a score from 10 yards out.

Ford then scored from four yards out on the next possession giving Hayden a 28-6 lead heading into halftime.

The rout was on.

"The line did great tonight," Letlow said. "They came out ready to play and we knew this team was ranked and ready to play. We knew we had to play harder."

In the first half alone, Letlow and Ford finished with four rushing touchdowns and 219 yards on 19 carries.

In the second half, it was more of the same except this time Ford was the featured back.

Guarding against Letlow's presence on the outside, Ford was able to shred the middle of the Mustangs defense.

Hayden finished the game with 366 yards rushing and more than 400 yards of total offense.

"Our line took us the whole way," Ford said. "They drove us down the field."

Hayden coach Shawn Baumgartner said all week in practice the Tigers worked hard and looked like they were ready to play.

"We played with a lot of heart," Baumgartner said. "We prepared hard all week. West Grand is a good football team. We were worried about them:We were fortunate to get this one so we'll take it and enjoy it."

With a lot of the season left, Baumgartner said his team can't get too high about the win.

Still, he said Saturday's performance should raise some eyebrows around the league.

"I guess we're not sneaking in the back door anymore," he said.

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