Sailors football prepares for No. 1 Glenwood Springs

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SSHS football season statistics

First Downs: Steamboat 116; Opponent 111

Rushes-Yards: Steamboat 287-1,616; Opponent 364-1,532

Comp-Att-Int: Steamboat 75-133-7; Opponent 51-151-11

Yards Passing: Steamboat 1,319 ; Opponent 674

Total Yards : Steamboat 2,935; Opponent 2,206

Punts-Avg.: Steamboat 18-33; Opponent 31-32

Fumbles-lost: Steamboat 26-6; Opponent 24-4

Penalties-Yards : Steamboat 66-516; Opponent 48-362

SCORE BY QUARTERS

Steamboat: 118-113-66-48-345

Opponent: 42-34-35-50-159

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

Rushing

S - Hinder 79-534, 9 TD; Fraser Egan 95-556, 11 TD; Joe Dover 64-513, 8 TD; Charles Wood 5-26, 1 TD; Dustin Siegel 14-47; Cody Harris 1-8; Jasper Gantick 1-(-19); Eric Bonner 3-15, 1 TD; Michael Savory 2-(-10); Dylan Pivarnik 2-7, 1 TD; Alex Wood 7-42; Grant McCannon 2-(-17); Garrett Pugh 11-30.

Passing

S - Hinder 70-125-6, 1,285 yards, 10 TD; Alex Wood 1-2-0, 22 yards, 1 TD; McCannon 1-2-0, 5 yards; Bonner 1-1-0, 2 yards; Savory 1-2-0, minus-4 yards; Gantick 1-1-0, 14 yards, 1 TD.

Receiving

S - Alex Wood 32-620, 5 TD; Cody Harris 13-327, 3 TD; Dover 15-209, 1 TD; Egan 2-13, 1 TD; Jack Verploeg 1-5; Nelson Brassell 3-29; Gantick 1-11; Charles Wood 1-3; Jack Spady 2-58, 1 TD; Pivarnik 1-11, 1 TD; Bonner 2-22; Siegiel 1-(-4).

— A game that at first had little meaning turned into a vital night for the Steamboat Springs High School football team.

Coming into Friday's 49-36 win against Buena Vista, the game seemingly offered Steamboat very little to gain.

The Sailors already were assured of a playoff spot and knew the biggest game on the schedule would be this Friday's showdown with No. 1 Glenwood Springs.

But by 9:30 p.m. at Buena Vista on Friday, it became apparent just how important the game was.

For the first time since the season's first week, Steamboat found itself in a tight football game. After leading, 36-13, with eight minutes left in the fourth quarter, Buena Vista scored 23 points in six minutes to tie the game at 36.

But Steamboat responded with a drive of its own, covering 72 yards in just more than a minute. Alex Wood sealed the win with a 38-yard interception return.

The Demons were able to mount the comeback, thanks in large part to senior Larson Greenfield, who accounted for five touchdowns and more than 300 yards on the ground.

Greenfield, who played tailback in the I-formation and quarterback in the shotgun, might be the one player who most resembles Glenwood's all-everything quarterback, Dakota Stonehouse.

"What's good about playing Buena Vista is, Glenwood - from a run-game standpoint - has Dakota Stonehouse out of the quarterback position," Steamboat coach Aaron Finch said after Friday's win. "They have the other kid (Michael Hudson) that runs from the tailback position. It's two different guys for Glenwood. Here it was (Greenfield) as both."

Seeing Greenfield run out of the shotgun - the formation that Glenwood predominantely lines up in - can only be a benefit for Steamboat Springs.

While Stonehouse presents the problem of being able to throw, and throw very well, the look at Greenfield on Friday should give the Sailors a basis on what to game plan for this week.

"We know it's going to be a close game," Wood said of Glenwood Springs. "But (Greenfield) and Dakota are probably the same kind of player out there. No doubt, though, we're going to have to play our best game of the year."

The Sailors appear primed to have their best game of the year Friday at Gardner Field. In addition to the defense making plays when they needed to, the offense had its most consistent night of the year. The big-play potential was still there - shown by Wood's late game, 69-yard reception that set up the game's winning touchdown - but Steamboat was able to grind out first downs while putting together scoring drives of 7, 8, 11 and 13 plays.

"I think, if anything, we learned a lot from this, and it gets us better prepared for Glenwood," Finch said. "We feel blessed to win the games we've won, but boy, it would be nice to be 9-1 next week. The key thing is, we get better again. When we get into the playoffs, we know we'll have a quality opponent. We just hope we're a better football team then, than we were" Friday.

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