2007 Sailors Football
- Aug. 24 Steamboat 23, Kent Denver 14 (1-0, 0-0)
- Aug. 31 Laramie 33, Steamboat 7 (1-1, 0-0)
- Sept. 7, Palisade 28, Steamboat 10 (1-2, 0-1)
- Sept. 14, Steamboat 34, Eagle Valley 27 (2-2, 1-1)
- Sept. 28, Steamboat 40, Moffat County 24 (3-2, 2-1)
- Oct. 5, Steamboat 37, Delta 6 (4-2, 3-1)
- Oct. 12, Steamboat 46, Montezuma-Cortez 7 (5-2, 4-1)
- Oct. 19, Glenwood Springs 25, Steamboat 20 (5-3, 4-2)
- Oct. 26, Steamboat 42, Rifle 27 (6-3, 5-2)
- Nov. 2, Steamboat 56, Battle Mountain 27 (7-3, 6-2)
- *2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 10, Steamboat at Fossil Ridge, Fort Collins
* -- State playoff game.
- Friday, November 2, 2007, 7 p.m.
Western Slope standings
Glenwood Springs, 9-0 overall, 7-0 in the Western Slope
Palisade, 7-2, 6-1
Steamboat Springs, 6-3, 5-2
Rifle, 5-4, 4-3
Eagle Valley, 6-3, 4-3
Delta, 3-5, 3-4
Moffat County, 3-6, 2-5
Battle Mountain 1-8, 1-6
Cortez 1-9, 0-8
First Downs 109
Yards Passing 1,005
Total Yards 2,720
Score by quarters
S: Jay Hanley 119-641, 8 TD; Nigel Hammond 37-180, 3 TD; Fraser Egan 21-91; Austin Hinder 90-472, 5 TD; Joe Dover 31-350, 2 TD; Eric Bonner 14-39; Dylan Pivarnik 2-(-1); Alex Wood 2-(-8); Kevin Stokes 3-5; Jack Spady 3-(-33).
S: Hinder 69-108-4, 994 yards, 15 TD; Wood 1-4-1, 11 yards; Hammond 0-1-1, 0 yards .
S: Cody Harris 10-141; Hammond 16-276, 6 TD; Hanley 6-65, 1 TD; Ben DeLine 3-36; Egan 1-4; Matt Lettunich 8-102, 2 TD; Wood 19-290, 5 TD; Cole Krahenbuhl 4-47, 1 TD; Bonner 1-26; Dover 1-22; Hinder 1-11.
- Defense (tackles-sacks)
S: Hammond 84-3; Harris 63-3; Stokes 63-1.5; DeLine 70-2; Lettunich 77-2; Cole Krahenbuhl 34-0; Mac Marsh 49-6; Egan 46-0.5; Graham Geppert 21-0; Hanley 38-6, 1 TD; Wood 27-0; Bonner 11-0; Jasper Gantick 20-0; Carl Steele 4-0; Andrew Houk 3-0; Derek Morris 6-0; Dover 18-0; Pivarnik 2-0; Keith Curry 7-0; Spady 3-0; Brandon Gorney 1-0; Mitch Lekarczyk 2-0; Dalton Lee 2-0; Nathan Greenwall 1-0; Keenan Starbuck 1-0; Bryce Mayo 1-0.
Last year's game
Steamboat 39, Battle Mountain 12
Steamboat rushed for 446 yards and scored on five of its first seven possessions in wrapping up a league title. The Sailors limited the Huskies to less than 200 yards of total offense and didn't allow them to score until four minutes had passed in the fourth quarter.
Steamboat Springs It's not the most attractive game on the Steamboat Springs High School football team's schedule, but it's now the most important one.
The outcome of today's 7 p.m. contest in Battle Mountain will dictate where Steamboat is placed in the 16-team Class 3A playoff bracket. Regardless of the outcome, the Sailors clinched third place in the Western Slope League.
Sailors coach Aaron Finch has been relaying the importance of the game to his team all week. A loss could drop the Sailors into one of the bottom four seeds in the playoffs. The bracket will be released by the Colorado High School Activities Association on Sunday.
Such a low seeding would guarantee the Sailors would start postseason play on the road, potentially against one of the winners of Class 3A's other four leagues. It could also mean Steamboat would have to play one of the remaining unbeaten teams.
While a win won't guarantee a home game, it certainly would give Steamboat a better seed and a better chance to make a run in the playoffs.
"It is a good thing being here. Last year, we needed a win to assure a league championship," Finch said about the final regular season game. "This year, losing to Battle Mountain would hurt our seeding, so that's part of the motivation."
Although playoff seeding weighs on Finch's mind, so does keeping the Sailors on a roll.
After sputtering to a 1-2 start, Steamboat has won five of its past six games. The Sailors lone loss came two weeks ago against Class 3A No. 1 Glenwood Springs.
"We've been on a steep learning curve and that's kind of a result of our youth," Finch said. "It's the same mantra this week: Just keep getting better. The teams that aren't improving at this point are going to get beat in the playoffs."
In Battle Mountain, Steamboat encounters a team going through growing pains under first-year head coach Jason Sedlak.
Sedlak, who coached under former Huskies coach Pat Engle, made wholesale changes to the team's schemes. The result has been a team that has been explosive at times but has struggled to win games.
"We haven't consistently used the entire field," Sedlak said. "We have kids make plays, it just hasn't been on a consistent basis."
The Huskies are led by Todd Walker and Ryan Hedrick. Last year, Hedrick ran for more than 1,300 yards, and Walker has the athleticism to line up anywhere on the field on offense.
"The two of them can do a good job and they have the athletes to be competitive," Finch said. "It's scary getting into a game like this with some talented players because anything can happen."
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