Steamboat Springs A strong defensive showing helped deliver the Hayden football team something it hasn't tasted in nearly 20 months - a road win.
The Tigers were shut out away from home last year, but they knocked off the Roaring Fork Rams, 20-3, on Friday night to improve to 2-0 on the season.
"It's been quite a while. It definitely feels nice," Hayden coach Shawn Baumgartner said.
Hayden only surrendered a third-quarter field goal in the game. That wasn't nearly enough to counteract a solid night by the Tigers offense.
Ben Fulton scored the game's first touchdown in the second quarter on a 5-yard reception from quarterback Graig Medvesk. After a Rene Valdez extra point, it was 7-0, and Hayden had all the points it would need.
Medvesk had his fingers involved in another touchdown in the third quarter, running in from 1 yard out. Jake Walker then put the game on ice in the fourth, scoring from 1 yard.
Medvesk finished the night 14-27 for 208 yards.
"We moved the ball fairly well," Baumgartner said. "Graig completed a couple long passes that opened some things up for us, and then it was just pick and choose from some running plays to see how their defense was adjusting.
"We were able to run the ball up the middle. They gave us some creases there, and we took advantage."
Defensively, Baumgartner pointed to his defensive line.
He said Kolton Miller and Koleman Williams ransacked the Roaring Fork backfield and proved a constant menace to the quarterback.
"They got a lot of pressure back there, especially in the fourth quarter," Baumgartner said. "Roaring Fork had a really hard time blocking those guys and trying to throw the ball."
Hayden returns to the road Friday for a game at Grand Valley.
"That will be a tough game," Baumgartner said. "We have had battles with them for three or four years now, and nothing has changed. We will have our hands full."