Steamboat looks for complete game against Eagle Valley

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Standings and statistics

Western Slope Standings

Rifle, 2-0 overall, 1-0 in the Western Slope

Moffat County, 2-0, 1-0

Glenwood Springs, 2-0, 1-0

Palisade, 2-1, 1-0

Eagle Valley, 2-0, 0-0

Steamboat Springs, 1-2, 0-1

Delta, 1-2, 0-1

Cortez 1-2, 0-1

Battle Mountain 0-2, 0-1

Sailors season stats

First Downs 31

Rushes-Yards 91-266

Comp-Att-Int 36-52-3

Yards Passing 356

Total Yards 622

Punts-Avg. 15-44

Fumbles-lost 6-5

Penalties-Yards 15-90

Score by quarters

Steamboat 00-03-27-10-40

Opponent 28-18-16-21-76

Individual statistics

Rushing

S: Jay Hanley 53-217, 1 TD; Nigel Hammond 14-34, 1 TD; Fraser Egan 4-6; Austin Hinder 20-9.

Passing

S: Hinder 35-51-3, 345 yards, 2 TD; Alex Wood 1-1-0, 11 yards.

Receiving

S: Cody Harris 9-113; Hammond 9-58, 1 TD; Hanley 4-42; Ben DeLine 2-13; Egan 1-4; Matt Lettunich 6-54; Wood 2-50, 1 TD; Cole Krahenbuhl 1-11; Hinder 1-11.

Defense (tackles-sacks)

S: Hammond 47-1; Harris 31-2; Kevin Stokes 25-0; DeLine 21-1; Lettunich 26-1; Cole Krahenbuhl 15-0; Mac Marsh 16-3; Egan 14-0; Graham Geppert 12-0; Hanley 10-2; Wood 5-0; Jasper Gantick 4-0; Carl Steele 1-0.

Glimpse at last year's game

Eagle Valley 16, Steamboat 6

Former Eagle Valley quarterback Mike Medsker scored two touchdowns to hand Steamboat its lone league loss of the year. The Devils controlled the ball for most of the game, running 62 plays to the Sailors 37. Tanner Stillwell hooked up with Westin Cofer for a 50-yard touchdown with less than two minutes to go in the game. After an on-side kick went out of bounds, Eagle Valley took two knees and the win.

— For six quarters this year, the Steamboat Springs High School football team has played well.

The Sailors have run and passed the ball effectively and played strong defense.

Unfortunately, Steamboat has played 12 total quarters of football - and the six good ones have been in second halves, when the Sailors have already found themselves in a hole.

Steamboat coach Aaron Finch knows that pattern has to stop if the Sailors - 1-2 overall, 0-1 in the Western Slope League - want to get into the win column when they travel to play Eagle Valley (2-0, 0-0) at 7 p.m. today at Hot Stuff Stadium.

"If we wait a half, we'll find ourselves in a hole again," Finch said. "They're all varsity starters now, so there's no more excuses. We just need to put a full football game together."

But it won't be easy.

Eagle Valley - the talk of summer camp - is coming off two wins where the team has put up more than 400 yards of offense, including more than 250 yards rushing in each game.

"It seems like with Aaron (Finch), every game we play is right down to the wire," Eagle Valley coach John Ramunno said. "Our kids are playing hard, but we've had some good little battles."

The biggest key to the game might be whether the Sailors can stop the run.

In their first three games this year, the Sailors have allowed more than 175 yards rushing in each game, including 268 yards to Palisade last week.

While those stats are partially skewed - each opponent has had a run of 70 yards or more, without which Steamboat has actually held opponents to three yards a carry - Finch said a lack of offensive consistency has led to the defense spending a good portion of games on the field.

"Teams run at us because they have the lead," Finch said. "It's part of our own failing, more than any issue of stopping the run."

Although Steamboat has struggled to move the ball on the ground - averaging 2.9 yards a carry - Finch said he's continually impressed with the development and play of sophomore quarterback Austin Hinder.

Hinder's thrown for more than 350 yards and completed 68 percent of his passes on the young season.

"When a sophomore comes in and completes nearly 70 percent of his passes when they know you're going to throw, that's pretty impressive," Finch said. "We just have to get him more time to throw."

Both teams know each other well - the last three games they've played have been tight battles going into the fourth quarter.

That just makes this game all the more important and intriguing, Ramunno said.

"This is the long haul over the next eight weeks," Ramunno said. "Last year, if we won one more game, we made playoffs. Every win you get in this league, you have to cherish it."

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