Steamboat Springs defensive players hit Laramie quarterback Coleton Wilson high and low during first half action at Deti Field on Friday.

Andy Carpenean/Laramie Boomerang

Steamboat Springs defensive players hit Laramie quarterback Coleton Wilson high and low during first half action at Deti Field on Friday.

Sailors football looking to progress

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Season statistics

Steamboat Springs High School

Steamboat Laramie

11 First Downs 13

25-162 Rushes-Yards 52-134

6-19-3 Comp-Att-Int 2-10-0

167 Yards Passing 42

329 Total Yards 176

3-38 Punts-Avg. 4-35

2-1 Fumbles-lost 2-0

8-90 Penalties-Yards 3-25

Score by quarters

Steamboat: 14-07-00-00-21

Opponent: 00-08-06-00-14

Individual statistics

Rushing:

S: Hinder 7-84, 1 TD; Fraser Egan 9-24; Joe Dover 8-50; Charles Wood 1-4.

Passing:

S: Hinder 6-19-3, 167 yards, 2 TD.

Receiving:

S: Wood 4-134, 2 TD; Cody Harris 2-33.

— Friday night against Laramie, Wyo., the Steamboat Springs High School offense experienced the best and the worst of a system predicated on timing.

The Sailors, who won the game, 21-14, at times looked unstoppable, versatile and capable of putting up big scores. But Steamboat also had four turnovers, two of which led to good field position and scores for the Plainsmen.

"We have the weapons," Steamboat coach Aaron Finch said after Friday's game. "We just need to execute better. There's too many variables. When things don't go right, we need to protect the ball and go make a play. We need to get better. We know we have the weapons, and we have a lot of things we can do. We just need to execute."

The Sailors certainly executed in the first quarter. Steamboat rolled up 188 yards of total offense in the first frame and built a 14-0 lead.

The team's first drive took 11 plays and six minutes off the clock.

Steamboat showed its explosive potential on its second offensive drive. The Sailors needed just two plays, the last a 77-yard Austin Hinder score on a broken play in which the junior quarterback took off through the defense and showed his athleticism.

Steamboat's offense then struggled for much of the final three quarters. Save for a late second-quarter drive that covered 64 yards and included a Hinder-to-Alex Wood touchdown pass, the Sailors gained just 67 yards the rest of the game.

Finch knows in the spread option offense, success takes time. The offense features a lot of nuances and relies a lot on motion and players taking the correct angles.

So, as the season progresses and Steamboat gets more reps, more practices and more comfortable in the offense, Finch said the Sailors will become more consistent - and more dangerous.

"Offensively, it's just the steadiness," he said. "We can't let ourselves get off track."

Add in the defense's play Friday - the Sailors limited the Plainsmen to 176 total yards - and it's safe to say Steamboat looks like it could become a dangerous playoff team.

Steamboat opens Western Slope League play at 7 p.m. Friday against Delta at Gardner Field.

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