Steamboat's Alex Wood carries the ball during the Sailors 56-27 win against the Battle Mountain Huskies on Friday in Eagle-Vail.

Preston Utley

Steamboat's Alex Wood carries the ball during the Sailors 56-27 win against the Battle Mountain Huskies on Friday in Eagle-Vail.

Sailors in playoffs

Easy win against Battle Mountain caps regular season


2007 Sailors Football

* -- State playoff game.

Individual statistics

Individual statistics

- Rushing

S: Hanley 13-141, 1 TD; Hinder 10-102, 2 TD; Eric Bonner 6-20; Egan 9-88, 1 TD; Kevin Stokes 1-7; Wood 2-48, 1 TD.

BM: Hedrick 9-30; Windham 8-(-59); Kyle Woolley 7-23; Walker 2-4; Sergio Sandoval 1-5.

- Passing

S: Hinder 5-8-0 95 yards, 1 TD.

BM: Windham 15-33-0 230 yards, 2 TD; Walker 1-1-0 41 yards, 1 TD.

- Receiving

S: DeLine 1-7; Wood 2-56; Matt Lettunich 2-32; Harris 1-4, 1 TD.

BM: Robbins 1-11; Hedrick 4-113, 1 TD; Walker 5-104, 2 TD; Josh Kundoff 1-6; Abel Medrano 2-10; Woolley 2-18.

Game statistics

Score by quarters

Steamboat 03-17-15-21 - 56

Battle Mountain 00-07-07-13 - 27


- First Quarter

S: 3:47, Ben DeLine 33 FG.

- Second Quarter

S: 8:12, Jay Hanley 26 run. (DeLine kick.)

S: 2:55, DeLine 44 FG.

S: 2:47, Hanley recovery. (DeLine kick.)

BM: 2:32, Ascher Robbins 91 return. (Cody Hervert kick.)

- Third Quarter

S: 10:44, Austin Hinder 38 run. (DeLine kick.)

BM: 5:09, Todd Walker 21 pass from Jeremy Windham. (Hervert kick.)

S: 1:34, Cody Harris 4 pass from Hinder. (Hinder pass.)

- Fourth Quarter

S: 11:27, Hinder 14 run. (DeLine kick.)

S: 8:07, Fraser egan 15 run. (DeLine kick.)

BM: 5:27, Ryan Hedrick 41 pass from Walker. (Hervert kick.)

BM: 4:42, Walker 43 pass from Windham. (Kick fail.)

S: 2:19, Alex Wood 19 run. (DeLine kick.)

— Good football teams take care of business when they have to. On Friday, against a fired-up Battle Mountain squad with 12 seniors playing their last game, Steamboat Springs did just that.

Although the 56-27 win wasn't as pretty as some of the Sailors' previous wins, it puts Steamboat in position to garner a top-12 seed come Sunday, when the Colorado High School Activities Association releases the Class 3A, 16-team bracket.

"We'll play anywhere against anybody," defensive back Cole Krahenbuhl said. "We are very confident in ourselves right now."

Perhaps they should be.

The team has won six of its past seven games after starting the year 1-2. The Sailors have failed to score more than 30 points only once in that span, and for the fourth consecutive week, they rushed the ball for more than 350 yards.

"We're able to overcome anything," lineman Mac Marsh said. "Anytime this year obstacles have been put in front of us, we've overcame them."

Earlier Friday, it looked as if Steamboat wouldn't have any obstacles.

Ben DeLine hit two first-half field goals and Jay Hanley scored two touchdowns en route to an early 20-0 lead.

Hanley's first touchdown came on a bruising 26-yard touchdown run, the kind of physical play that has become his trademark.

The other one was a little different.

Late in the second quarter, Hanley rushed around from his right end spot and sacked Battle Mountain quarterback Jeremy Windham. The sack caused Windham to fumble, and Hanley recovered the ball in the end zone for a score.

After Hanley's defensive touch down, Ascher Robbins took the ensuing kickoff 91 yards for a touchdown, pulling Battle Mountain to within 13.

Then, late in the fourth quarter with the Steamboat lead at 49-14 thanks to two touchdown runs by quarterback Austin Hinder, a touchdown pass to Cody Harris and a Fraser Egan run, Battle Mountain started to make it interesting.

Ryan Hedrick caught a halfback pass from Todd Walker for 41 yards to cut the Steamboat lead to 49-21 with less than five minutes remaining. Then, after the Huskies recovered the onside kick, Windham found Walker from 43 yards out to make the score 49-27 with 4:42 remaining.

But as has been the case with this year's Sailors, any time they've needed a big drive, they've got it. This time it was keyed by the running of Egan.

The sophomore broke off runs of 21 and 7 yards up the middle before Alex Wood took the ball around the left side on an option and scored from 19 yards out to cap the victory.

Now Steamboat awaits its fate. With all of Class 3A's top-10 teams winning this weekend, Steamboat should find itself with a seed between eight and 12 come Sunday.

"It doesn't really matter," Hanley said. "Sure, we'd like to play an easy team and knock that one out of the way. But it doesn't matter. You'll have to play the best anyway. Four more wins and we're done."


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