Hayden High School football season stats
SCORE BY QUARTERS
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.
If you go
What: Hayden vs. Grand Valley football
When: 7:30 p.m. today
Where: Hayden High School
Steamboat Springs Growth and a change of classifications can do little to thwart the rivalry between the Grand Valley and Hayden High School football teams.
So when they meet at 7:30 p.m. today in Hayden, the game won't have that preseason aura most contests like it do.
Sure, the Cardinals have moved up to Class 2A out of the Class 1A Western Slope League, but if the previous three years are any indication, the game will have more of a postseason feel.
For the past three seasons, with both schools in the Class 1A Western Slope, the two teams have battled for the top spot.
Three years ago, Hayden prevailed with a league championship. The past two years, Grand Valley finished in the top spot with Hayden in second.
"This is a huge game for us," Hayden coach Shawn Baumgartner said. "Grand Valley has become kind of a rivalry for us the last couple years. It's definitely a game we're glad to have back."
Last year's 14-0 Hayden loss hinged on two big plays that Grand Valley was able to make. The first came on a 40-yard touchdown pass and the second on a 70-yard run by Colton Cowan.
Cowan - who has 261 yards rushing on 36 carries this year - and most of the skill players return this year, a fact that's not lost on Baumgartner.
"They're very explosive on offense," said Baumgartner, noting the Cardinals might be better this year than they were last year. "Both backs can break a big one at any time. It's definitely a big challenge with Grand Valley. I think they're a team up in 2A that can make some noise in their league."
Although Hayden has had mixed results in its first two games, Baumgartner said he's still confident he has a very good team.
He said in the season opening loss to Coal Ridge that he felt Hayden came out flat. Then last week against Roaring Fork, Baumgartner said the game had a little different feel because Hayden had never played against Roaring Fork.
But today, Baumgartner said the game is the perfect precursor to the league schedule. With the familiarity and the rivalry, Baumgartner said this is the exact type of game Hayden needs.
"This one has some history behind it, and I sensed that this week in practice," Baumgartner said. "I hope we're up for that challenge, but I'm looking forward to it."
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