If you go
What: Hayden football (1-0)
at Roaring Fork (0-1)
When: 7:30 p.m. today
Where: Roaring Fork High School, Carbondale
Steamboat Springs Give Hayden football coach Shawn Baumgartner some credit.
The two behemoths - 6-foot-3-inch, 220-pound senior Jake Hawkins and the 6-foot-3-inch, 195-pound Jake Strack-Loertscher - who dominate the center of Roaring Fork's offensive and defensive lines are, obviously, standing above their teammates and most anyone else they come across.
And Baumgartner doesn't miss the obvious.
"They're really big up front on both sides of the ball," the Hayden football coach said Thursday afternoon, preparing his 1-0 Tigers for their first road game of the season. "We have our work cut out for us."
If Hayden's to improve to 2-0, it's going to have to find a way around the heart of Roaring Fork's line.
Both Baumgartner and his Roaring Fork counterpart, Greg Holley, agreed that task may fall on the shoulders of the not-nearly 6-foot-3-inch or 220-pound Graig Medvesk, Hayden's junior quarterback.
Medvesk managed to lift Hayden to a 13-7 win against Coal Ridge a week ago. He scored once running and once passing and accounted for all but 20 of his team's 195 offensive yards.
His ability to elude the monsters in the middle of the pack, both running and while dropping back to pass, could decide tonight's game.
"We've seen him on film, and he's good," Holley said. "We'll have to contain him. We'll put outside-inside pressure with our defensive ends and we have to contain him at the line of scrimmage."
Roaring Fork will be hoping for a better performance than it found in its first time out. Like Hayden, it returns a team short of experience. Unlike the Tigers, though, that spelled defeat in the season opener. The Rams lost to Hotchkiss, 46-6.
"It's never good to lose like that, but we knew we were young," Holley said.
Hayden hopes to sew a few holes in its game and right a wrong that proved costly last year.
The Tigers won all their home games in 2008 but went winless on the road. That ugly streak cost them a chance at the playoffs.