Hayden High School
H: Coy Letlow 45-304 4 TD, Graig Medvesk 1-2, Mitchel Doolin 10-65, Jake Walker 9-33, Brian Hoza 3-7, Logan Foster 7-18 2 TD.
H: Doolin 6-12-1 65 yards, Medvesk 3-6-0 18 yards
H: Mitchell Vedepo 1-2, Billy Zehner 1-15, Letlow 3-13, Treyben Letlow 5-51.
The Hayden football team rejoiced Friday night in its first win of the season, a 34-13 victory against Roaring Fork.
Steamboat Springs A stormy second half didn't steal their joy - not after losing their first game of the year the week before. But it did have the Tigers contemplating what was going wrong in the final two quarters.
The Tigers' offense dried up late Friday night. After gaining five first downs in the first half, they accrued just one in the second, and that came on a breakaway touchdown run from do-everything back Coy Letlow.
"It felt good after the loss last week, but in the second half, we came out a little big-headed, slow and sluggish," senior quarterback Mitchel Doolin said.
Doolin was quick to find fault in his own performance, pointing out a pass that could have been completed. If Hayden is to live up to the standard set last season when the Tigers fought all the way to the state semifinals, Doolin and his passes may play a big part.
Hayden turned to Doolin late last season, and his passing effectiveness helped spark the team through a pair of upsets. Hayden threw 289 yards in its final three games, with Doolin's 11-for-16, 122-yard performance against Byers' to advance to the semifinals standing out.
The Tigers will need all the offense they can muster this week as they prepare for Grand Valley. Grand Valley won the Western Slope League last year and was one of just two teams to beat Hayden in the regular season, winning, 14-0.
There was no offense to be found in Friday's second half. Outside of Letlow's big run, the Tigers gained just two yards on four consecutive three-and-out possessions. They were ground to a stop by three big penalties.
Hayden may start looking to pass more often to break out of similar stalemates when teams load up against their powerful running game.
"We can't allow teams to come with eight or nine guys in the box to stop our run," Hayden coach Shawn Baumgartner said. "When they do that, we have to be able to throw the football and make them loosen up."
That responsibility will fall mostly on Doolin, but sophomore Graig Medvesk has taken some of Hayden's snaps at quarterback this season. He played two series Friday against Roaring Fork and figures to fill in when Doolin - a two-way player - needs a rest.
"He's real calm, cool and collected, and he throws a great ball," Doolin said. "He's also real neat about his throwing technique. If we're going where we want, we'll need the two of us."