Hayden hopes to rebound

Roaring Fork is crippled by injuries

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What: Hayden vs. Roaring Fork football

When: 7:30 p.m. today

Where: Hayden High School

Season statistics

Hayden High School

Hayden 46-231 Rushes-Yards 5-12-1 Comp-Att-Int 28 Yards Passing 259 Total Yards 2-25.5 Punts-Avg.

1-1 Fumbles-lost

Score by quarters:

Hayden: 00-07-00-07-14

Opponent: 00-13-00-03-16

Individual statistics:

Rushing:

H: Coy Letlow 24-132 1 TD, Graig Medvesk 1-2, Mitchel Doolin 9-57, Jake Walker 9-33, Brian Hoza 3-7.

Passing:

H: Medvesk 1-3-0, 10 yards. Doolin 4-9-1 18 yards.

Receiving:

H: Letlow 2-13; Treyben Letlow 3-15.

— There wouldn't seem to be a lot of similarities between last week's Roaring Fork-Hotchkiss game and Hayden-Coal Ridge game.

Roaring Fork lost, 41-0. Hayden, meanwhile, fell 16-14 as Coal Ridge made a field goal at the buzzer.

But as far as players from Roaring Fork and Hayden are concerned, there are plenty of things in common. The opening week of high school football was an eye-opening experience for both teams.

Now, only one will be able to get back on track as Roaring Fork travels for a 7:30 p.m. game today in Hayden.

"We looked to see where we need to improve, what mistakes we made, and we focused on that all week," Tiger coach Shawn Baumgartner said. "Attitude-wise, we had a good week of practices. Hopefully, it will have an effect on the field."

Tackling topped the Tigers' to-fix list, Baumgartner said. Clinging to a 14-13 lead, they had Coal Ridge backed up late in the game. A 78-yard tackle-breaking pass play changed all that and set up the game-deciding kick.

It was one of several big plays that slipped through the fingers of Hayden's defense. Against a Roaring Fork team that returns most of its offensive backfield and a strong crop of seniors, tackling is sure to be important again.

"We really emphasized that this week," Baumgartner said. "We're focused on technique issues on both sides of the ball, sticking to assignments and being in the right spot."

Tonight is Hayden's home opener. Roaring Fork likely is hoping to spoil the party with a better performance than it had last week.

Hotchkiss scored 20 points in the second quarter to put the game away and averaged 11 yards per play throughout the game.

But the Rams have had a rough go early this season, even without considering the Hotchkiss mess.

The team is down three starters: two lost for the season with anterior cruciate ligament injuries and another with a torn labrum.

"It doesn't make a difference who you are. Even if you're CU and you have three starters go down like that, you won't perform as well," first-year Roaring Fork coach Greg Holley said.

The Rams will rely on seniors such as quarterback Ryan Weimer, running back Soren Phibbs and wide receiver Dana Holley to get on the board.

After a disappointing opener, Greg Holley said his squad is looking to develop some strengths and an identity.

"We didn't really have any strengths last week," he said. "We have 11 seniors on the team, so we're capable of playing better. That's our goal this week - to play better."

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