Hayden football blown out against Hotchkiss, falling 52-21

Tigers have repeat of last year’s performance against Hotchkiss

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— It was like déjà vu for the Hayden High School football team.

A year after hanging with Hotch­­kiss for a half in a game where the Hayden offense couldn’t get anything going, the Tigers again struggled in the second half Friday, falling 52-21.

“The first half went just like last year,” Hayden coach Shawn Baumgartner said. “We held them on defense and couldn’t get anything going on offense.”

Hotchkiss opened the scoring by returning an interception for a touchdown and a 7-0 lead.

The Bulldogs added a late second-quarter touchdown to go to the break, 14-0.

“We made them work for everything they had,” Baum­gartner said. “We made some offensive adjustments. We had 1 yard rushing in the first half. Offensively, we didn’t really help ourselves out.”

Hotchkiss exploded in the second half, scoring 19 unanswered points to take a 33-0 lead going into the fourth quarter.

Hayden finally scored on a 25-yard touchdown pass from Graig Medvesk to Treyben Let­low to make it a 33-7 game. The Bulldogs pushed it to 39-7, before Ben Williams scored from 2 yards out to make it 39-14. Med­­vesk again found Letlow, this time from 42 yards out, with a minute left.

Hayden (3-4 overall, 2-1 in league play) next plays at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 22 at Meeker.

“I told them when we leave Hotchkiss, we have to leave this game in Hotchkiss,” Baum­gartner said. “To get into the playoffs, we have to battle for second. The playoffs start Mon­day.”

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