Steamboat Springs Two early touchdowns were too much for the Hayden High School football team to overcome Friday at Grand Valley. The Tigers fell, 28-17.
Grand Valley scored on a long touchdown on its second offensive play from scrimmage to take a 7-0 lead. The Cardinals scored another long touchdown on their next possession and followed that up with a fumble recovery deep in Hayden territory to eventually take a 21-0 lead early in the game.
But the young Hayden team (2-1 overall) battled back. Treyben Letlow scored from 1 yard out late in the second quarter to send the Tigers into halftime down 28-7.
On Hayden's first possession of the second half, quarterback Graig Medvesk found Rene Valdez from 10 yards out to cut the lead to 28-14.
Valdez hit a 32-yard field goal on the Tigers' next possession to cut the lead to 28-17, but it was too little, too late.
"The kids responded in the second half and got a good pace going in the third quarter," Hayden coach Shawn Baumgartner said. "I like the effort and attitude we came out with in the second half. We didn't give up. As a young team we could have folded, but they didn't.
"Defensively, we shut them down pretty well. We said our challenge would be on our defensive backs. They did a good job once they settled down and got things clicking. Hopefully, we can build on this."
Hayden next plays at 1 p.m. Saturday in Delta against Dolores.