Steamboat Springs Sailor Kevin Gower turns the corner against a Moffat County Bulldogs defender Friday night in Craig. The Sailors dropped the game, 42-8, to the Bulldogs leaving the team at 0-10 on the season.

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Steamboat Springs Sailor Kevin Gower turns the corner against a Moffat County Bulldogs defender Friday night in Craig. The Sailors dropped the game, 42-8, to the Bulldogs leaving the team at 0-10 on the season.

Steamboat falls to Moffat County, 42-8

Moffat County’s win against Steamboat is the 1st since 2004

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Steamboat Springs quarterback Christian Ramirez dodges a Moffat County defender during their 42-8 loss against the Bulldogs on Friday night in Craig.

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Steamboat Springs Sailor Dylan Preston takes the ball up the field against the Moffat County Bulldogs on Friday night in Craig. The Sailors lost the game, 42-8.

— A season in which the Steamboat Springs football team never could seem to catch a break came to an end Friday with a forgettable performance against rival Moffat County.

The 2010 campaign started for the Sailors with senior Connor Landusky — one of three starters from last year’s team and an expected horse in the backfield — blowing out his knee. It ended with a blowout Friday, this time in the form of a 42-8 loss in Craig. It was the first time Moffat County has beat Steamboat since 2004.

“We’re sorry to the fans, the players and the seniors, especially that we didn’t get a win for them,” Steamboat coach Lonn Clementson said. “We’ve got 12 months until we play them again. But the better team won. They were better than us.”

The Bulldogs (6-4 overall, 5-2 in the Western Slope League) came out fighting for their playoff lives and setting the tone in all three phases of the game.

Moffat County churned out 363 yards rushing, threw just one pass all game and offered perhaps the best defense Steamboat had seen all year.

The Bulldogs limited the Sailors to 97 total yards of offense on the night and just 31 yards rushing on 34 carries. That included holding the Sailors to just 30 yards of offense and three first downs in the second half. 

“We’re getting better,” said Bulldogs coach Kip Hafey, whose team has lost three of its four games to teams ranked in the top three of the Wild Card standings. “We’ve won four in a row, and we’re on the rise. I think we’re a playoff team. Unfortunately, if the Wild Card system doesn’t go that way, we might get knocked out by a No. 26 or 27 (seed). But our boys did what they had to do. They played a heck of a ball game and put us in a position to get into the playoffs.”

The Bulldogs, running out of the Thunder formation with three running backs behind quarterback Bubba Ivers, scored on their first four first-half possessions.

The first was classic Moffat County football. The Bulldogs used 13 plays and 5:37 off the clock before Hodge Raftopoulos scored from a yard out to take an early 8-0 lead.

The Sailors’ first three drives resulted in two three-and-outs and a fumble. Moffat turned the fumble into a Brady Conner touchdown. In a play that summed up Steamboat’s season, Ivers fumbled the ball twice before Conner recovered it in the end zone for a 15-0 lead.

Ivers scored early in the second quarter on a 29-yard run to make it 22-0, before Steamboat mounted its lone drive of the game.

The Sailors used 15 plays, 7:18 off the clock and covered 62 yards before quarterback Christian Ramirez found Michael Savory from 15 yards out on a fourth-down play. The successful 2-point conversion made it 22-8.

“We leaned on freshmen and sophomores so much,” Clement­son said. “I’m really proud of our younger players coming in. We were running out of people at this point.”

Moffat added two third-quarter touchdowns, a 1-yard plunge by Ivers and a 2-yard run by Mason Updike for the final tally.

Ivers led the way on the ground for Moffat, rushing the ball for 121 yards on 13 carries, including a pair of touchdowns.

Moffat will learn its playoff fate Sunday when the Colorado High School Activities Association releases the playoff brackets. Seven league or conference winners get automatic bids, and the next nine spots are based on Wild Card standings. Moffat came into the week as No. 16 in the Wild Card rankings but could get jumped as several teams below the Bulldogs played for league or conference titles Friday.

For Steamboat, it’s back to the offseason and trying to find a way to get some momentum after a 0-10 season.

“It’s just great to play football,” senior Michael Savory said. “I love these guys, win or lose. I enjoyed every minute of it. They played hard every minute. It’s hard to come in that young, and I appreciate that. Whether we like it or not, it was a rebuilding year.”

Game Statistics

Moffat County 42, Steamboat Springs 8

Steamboat

First Downs 8

Rushes-Yards 34-31

Comp-Att-Int 7-19-1

Yards Passing 66

Total Yards 97

Punts-Avg. 5-37

Fumbles-lost 7-1

Penalties-Yards 3-30

Moffat County

First Downs 9

Rushes-Yards 42-147

Comp-Att-Int 3-9-1

Yards Passing 69

Total Yards 216

Punts-Avg. 6-27

Fumbles-lost 1-0

Penalties-Yards 3-30

■ Score by quarters

Steamboat 00-08-00-00—8

Moffat County 15-13-14-00—42

■ Scoring summary

First quarter

MC — 5:03, Hodge Raftopoulos 1 run. (Zach Raftopoulos run).

MC — 3:12, Brady Conner 6 run. (Jonathan Pando kick).

Second quarter

MC — 9:48, Bubba Ivers 29 run. (Pando kick).

SS — 2:28, Michael Savory 15 pass from Christian Ramirez. (Savory from Ramirez).

MC — 0:37, Hodge Raftopoulos 1 run. (Pass fail).

Third quarter

MC —  5:41, Ivers 1 run. (Pando kick).

MC — 0:49, Mason Updike 2 run. (Pando kick).

Fourth quarter

None.

■ Individual statistics

Rushing

SS: Dylan Preston 11-22; Maury Mirante 6-0; Ramirez 8-3; Evan Hornstein 1-(-3); Michael Yost 6-4; Savory 2-5.

MC: Gage Spears 1-1; Ivers 13-121, 2 TD; Hodge Raftopoulos 14-41, 2 TD; Updike 7-48, 1 TD; Conner 9-81, 1 TD; Miguel Molina 1-67; Wes Chapman 1-67; Garret Stewart 2-1; Brayden Peterson 2-(-5); Jacob Teeter 1-0.

Passing

SS: Ramirez 7-19-1, 66 yards, 1 TD.

MC: Ivers 1-1-0, 11 yards.

Receiving

SS: Randall Nelson 2-14; Savory 4-45, 1 TD; Kevin Gower 1-7.

MC: Zach Raftopoulos 1-11.

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