Steamboat Springs High School senior Charles Wood looks for an open teammate after being pitched the ball during Friday night’s game against Glenwood Springs.

Photo by Matt Stensland

Steamboat Springs High School senior Charles Wood looks for an open teammate after being pitched the ball during Friday night’s game against Glenwood Springs.

Steamboat football falls to Glenwood Springs, 39-14

Improving Sailors keep Demons from running away with game

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Game statistics

Glenwood Springs 39, Steamboat Springs 14

First Downs 20 (Glenwood), 8 (Steamboat)

Rushes-Yards 52-296 (Glenwood), 27-101 (Steamboat)

Comp-Att-Int 9-18-1 (Glenwood), 8-20-0 (Steamboat)

Yards Passing 168 (Glenwood), 94 (Steamboat)

Total Yards 458 (Glenwood), 195 (Steamboat)

Punts-Avg. 3-43 (Glenwood), 8-31 (Steamboat)

Fumbles-lost 1-1 (Glenwood), 2-0 (Steamboat)

Penalties-Yards 12-95 (Glenwood), 4-30 (Steamboat)

Score by quarters

Glenwood 14-06-12-07—39

Steamboat 00-07-00-07—14

Scoring summary

First quarter

G: — 10:16, Drew Halsch 9 run. (Cam Avery kick.)

G: — 6:48, Willy Pelland 15 pass from Luke Jacob. (Avery kick.)

Second quarter

G: — 4:04, Halsch 1 run. (Kick fail.)

S: — 0:24, Randall Nelson 14 pass from Christian Ramirez. (Landen Mertz kick.)

Third quarter

G: — 7:06, Halsch 2 run. (Pass fail.)

G: — 2:45, Auston Tribble 52 pass from Jacob. (Pass fail.)

Fourth quarter

S: — 9:17, Evan Hornstein 74 run. (Mertz kick.)

G: — 0:51, Tribble 8 run. (Avery kick.)

■ Individual statistics

Rushing

G: Jacob 18-102; Halsch 20-138, 3 TD: Chad Montover 2-3; Henry Hill 2-19; Jake Bair 7-19; Jon Forristall 1-(-4); Travis Alderson 1-11; Tribble 1-8, 1 TD.

S: Dylan Preston 12-32; Ramirez 2-(-8); Charles Wood 4-(-2); Mike Lekarczyk 1-(-1); Michael Savory 5-6; Hornstein 3-74, 1 TD.

Passing

G: Jacob 9-17-1, 168 yards, 2 TD; Forristall 0-1-0, 0 yards.

S: Ramirez 8-19-0, 94 yards, 1 TD; Wood 0-1-0, 0 yards.

Receiving

G: Pelland 3-64, 1 TD; Halsch 1-6; Tribble 2-57, 1 TD; Chris Ayala 1-10; JD Weeden 1-10; Avery 1-21.

S: Kit Croop 1-10; Kevin Gower 2-18; Savory 1-17; Nelson 4-49, 1 TD.

— The Glenwood Springs High School football team landed its first shots at the beginning of the first half and finished Friday’s Western Slope League game in Steamboat Springs with haymakers at the beginning of the second half.

The Demons used huge outbursts in the first and third quarters Friday to run away with a 39-14 win.

“We’re very fortunate to be where we’re at,” said Glen­­wood Springs coach Rocky Whit­­worth, who graded his team’s performance as a 6.5 out of 10. “We’re happy with that, but we know we have some work to do for sure.”

That will be the case when the two teams look at film. Glenwood, 6-1 overall and 4-0 in the league, outscored Steam­boat, 26-0, in the first and third quarters. But a pesky and vastly improving Sailors team was able to make it respectable, never allowing the game to get out of control.

“We lost some battles, but we won some,” Steamboat coach Lonn Clementson said. “Last week, we took a step back. This week, we took a step forward even though we didn’t beat Glenwood. They just don’t have any glaring weaknesses.”

Glenwood came out in the first half and scored on three of its first four drives. The Demons bookended touchdown runs by Drew Halsch around a Luke Jacob 15-yard touchdown pass to Willy Pelland to make it 20-0.

But as Steamboat has shown, the Sailors can hang around.

The Demons offense started to go stagnant. In their next three drives were a three-and-out, a fumble and a kneel down to end the half.

The fumble, with 59 seconds left in the first half, gave Steam­boat the ball at the Glen­wood 49-yard line. Six plays later, on a third-and-13 play, Steamboat’s Christian Ramirez found Randall Nelson from 14 yards out to cut the lead to 20-7 at halftime.

Glenwood, however, made a statement to open the second half. The Demons went nine plays and 69 yards, all on runs, to extend the lead to 26-7. It was the fifth time in seven games this season that Glenwood has scored on its opening possession of the second half.

Then on the next drive, the Demons tacked on a 52-yard pass from Jacob to Auston Tribble to make it 32-7.

Steamboat (0-7, 0-4) got a 74-yard run from Evan Hornstein to cut the lead to 32-14, before Tribble scored from 8 yards out with 51 seconds remaining.

“Every week, we’re improving and getting better,” Hornstein said. “We just can’t give up.”

Glenwood’s defense played well for the most part. The Demons limited the Sailors to 195 total yards and just 101 rushing.

Halsch and Jacob did most of the work for Glenwood, with Halsch rushing for 138 yards on 20 carries and three touchdowns. Jacob threw for two touchdowns and added 102 yards on 18 carries.

Ramirez was eight of 19 for 94 yards and a touchdown. Hornstein carried the ball three times for 74 yards, including the long touchdown.

Steamboat next plays at 7 p.m. Thursday in Palisade. Glenwood next plays at 7 p.m. Oct. 22 at home against Eagle Valley.

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