Sailors playing for seed

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2007 Sailors Football

* -- State playoff game.
Past Event

Steamboat at Battle Mountain football

  • Friday, November 2, 2007, 7 p.m.
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  • All ages / Free

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Season statistics

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

The numbers

First Downs 109

Rushes-Yards 325-1,715

Comp-Att-Int 70-113-6

Yards Passing 1,005

Total Yards 2,720

Punts-Avg. 33-40

Fumbles-lost 27-13

Penalties-Yards 59-464

Score by quarters

Steamboat 65-87-63-44-259

Opponent 49-59-33-60-201

Individual statistics

- Rushing

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).

- Passing

S: Hinder 69-108-4, 994 yards, 15 TD; Wood 1-4-1, 11 yards; Hammond 0-1-1, 0 yards .

- Receiving

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.

— 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."

- To reach Luke Graham, call 871-4229

or e-mail lgraham@steamboatpilot.com

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bikegirl 6 years, 5 months ago

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