Steamboat Springs High School senior Joe Dover jumps and hugs quarterback Austin Hinder after Steamboat’s 30-21 win over Glenwood Springs High School on Friday in Glenwood. By beating Glenwood, Steamboat earned the Western Slope League title.

Photo by Matt Stensland

Steamboat Springs High School senior Joe Dover jumps and hugs quarterback Austin Hinder after Steamboat’s 30-21 win over Glenwood Springs High School on Friday in Glenwood. By beating Glenwood, Steamboat earned the Western Slope League title.

Sailors capture Western Slope title with win vs. Glenwood Springs

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Steamboat vs. Glenwood Springs highlights

Highlights from Friday's game against Glenwood Springs.

Highlights from Friday's game against Glenwood Springs.

Game statistics

Steamboat, , Glenwood

19, First Downs, 17

38-205, Rushes-Yards, 36-167

10-22-0 , Comp-Att-Int, 14-26-1

205, Yards Passing, 210

410, Total Yards, 377

0-0, Punts-Avg., 0-0

0-0, Fumbles-lost, 1-1

4-26, Penalties-Yards, 7-55

SCORE BY QUARTERS

Steamboat, 14-00-07-09—30

Glenwood , 00-07-07-07—21

SCORING SUMMARY

First Quarter

SS — 5:33, Jack Spady 56 pass from Austin Hinder. (Pete Schuette kick).

SS — 3:52, Joe Dover 24 pass from Hinder. (Schuette kick).

Second Quarter

GS — 10:11,Tyler Thulson 13 run. (Clay Hawkins kick).

Third Quarter

SS — 7:11, Hinder 3 run. (Schuette kick).

GS — :53, Trey Fox 35 pass from Luke Jacob. (Hawkins kick).

Fourth Quarter

SS — 8:24, Hinder 1 run. (kick fail).

GS — 3:46, Garrett Kobobel 9 pass from Jacob. (Hawkins kick).

SS — 2:00, Schuette 21 field goal.

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

Rushing

SS: Dover 14-124; Hinder 21-74, 2 TD; Connor Landusky 3-7.

GS: Thulson 18-87, 1 TD; Jacob 17-79; Garrett Kobobel 1-1.

Passing

SS: Hinder 9-21-0, 180 yards, 2 TD; Dover 1-1-0, 25 yards.

GS: Jacob 14-26-1, 210 yards, 1 TD.

Receiving

SS: Spady 5-145, 1 TD; Dover 4-34, 1 TD; Jack Verploeg 1-26.

GS: Kobobel 4-54, 1 TD; Taylor Parsons 4-50; Fox 4-90, 1 TD; Willy Pelland 1-11; Thulson 1-5.

— Steamboat Springs High School do-everything athlete Joe Dover said it was the most fun he’s had on a football field.

Considering what the 5-foot-10, 185-pound spitfire did in Friday’s 30-21 win against Glenwood Springs, it also may have been the best he’s ever played on a football field.

Dover was everywhere Friday night. He caught a touchdown pass, blocked a field goal, picked off a pass, completed a pass, rushed for 124 yards and made possibly the biggest fourth-down conversion of the season, helping lock up Steamboat’s first Western Slope League championship since 2006.

“Those are the type of games that win you playoff games,” Steamboat coach Aaron Finch said. “It’s pretty amazing when guys like that step up and make every play you need. He was spectacular in every way. He did everything we asked of him. A lot of guys had great games, but there’s no doubt we find ways to get Joe the football.”

When Dover’s around the football, good things usually happen.

Dover’s biggest play took place with him lined up as the punter. Steamboat was holding on to a 21-14 lead with 11 minutes, 31 seconds to go in the game. Faced with a fourth-and-5 from his own 24, Dover lined up to punt. As a rugby-style punter, Dover usually has the option to roll out and kick the ball. Coaches told him to just kick the ball and not think about running.

But Dover saw an opening in the defense and ran for 22 yards and a first down. Six plays later, Austin Hinder scored from 1 yard out to give Steamboat a 27-14 lead.

“I was surprised, but he’s a top-notch athlete,” Glenwood coach Rocky Whitworth said about Dover’s fake punt. “He was able to make a play. It was a huge play. He was able to change momentum and field position.”

In what amounted to the Western Slope League’s game of the year, Steamboat and Glenwood Springs — who have combined to win the last four league championships — certainly lived up to the billing.

Steamboat went up 14-0 in the first quarter on touchdown passes from Hinder to Jack Spady and Dover.

But just when the Sailors looked like they might blow the game open, the reigning Class 3A champions fired right back.

Glenwood cut it to 14-7 on a 13-yard Tyler Thulson run early in the second quarter.

Steamboat extended its lead to 21-7 on a 3-yard Hinder scamper, before Glenwood again cut the lead to seven, at 21-14, when quarterback Luke Jacob found Trey Fox from 35 yards out on a fourth-down play.

With momentum seemingly on Glenwood’s side, the Demons held the Sailors on their next drive.

But that’s when Dover took the long snap on fourth down and made the game-changing fourth-down conversion.

“It’s either I get this and we can put the game away right now, or we punt it and still fight for it,” said Dover, who at one point was throwing up in the backfield because of exhaustion.

Glenwood wasn’t done, however. The Demons orchestrated an 11-play drive, capping it with a 9-yard touchdown pass from Jacob to Garrett Kobobel to cut the lead to 27-21.

After the onside kick failed, Steamboat moved the ball inside the Glenwood 10. Faced with a fourth-and-goal situation from the 6, Steamboat sent out kicker Peter Schuette.

Schuette, who had missed an extra point earlier in the night, lined up and split the uprights to give Steamboat an insurmountable 30-21 lead with two minutes to play.

“I wasn’t nervous at all,” Schuette said. “I like it when the crowd is like that and trying to get me to miss it. I knew if I made it, the game was over and we won.”

Steamboat, now 10-0 overall and 8-0 in league play, awaits its playoff fate. The Colorado High School Activities Association will decide playoff seeds Sunday.

With the season Steamboat has had, Finch said the Sailors deserve the No. 1 overall seed.

“Of course I think we do,” he said. “I think we have shown week in and week out that we’ve taken on every opponent. I think we have a tough league. To go undefeated we had to beat last year’s state champ. We’ve made it look easy at times and we’ve won the close games. At 10-0, I think we deserve it.”

Comments

babette dickson 5 years ago

Bravo! Congratulations! Super good job! You guys ROCK!

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obamanation 5 years ago

i WAS LUCKY ENOUGH TO BE AT THAT GAME AND WITNESS THE INCREDIBLE HEART THAT JOE DOVER HAD. BLOCK KICK, FAKE PUNT, THREW A PASS, INTERCEPTED, THREW HIS BODY LIKE HE WAS REGGIE BUSH SCORED TWO TDS. ALL THE WHILE PUKING BECAUSE OF EXHAUSTION . PLAYING BOTH SIDES OF THE BALL.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WOW . THE REST OF THE THE TEAM AWESOME CONGRATULATIONS 10-0 AMAZING

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Beanie32 5 years ago

Many friends of SSHS are hoping that the wonderful team comes to Mesa County for a playoff game so that we can cheer them on, so please update as often as possible. Thank you, and Go Sailors!!! Your friends from Mesa County, Grand Junction, etc.

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tsouthall 5 years ago

10 and 0...way to go Sailors! Keep the momentum rolling in the playoffs! Congratulations on a great regular season and Western Slope League championship!

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