Hayden football wins 1st game of season, 30-8

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— The Hayden High School football team opened the 2010 season with a 30-8 win against Holyoke on Saturday in Idaho Springs.

Hayden (1-0) rode its defense and the ability of quarterback Graig Medvesk to a win.

“On the bus heading down, I felt almost a calmness,” Hayden coach Shawn Baumgartner said. “It was time to play ball. To get this first one behind us with a victory feels good.”

The two teams battled back and forth in the first quarter, with Hayden taking an 8-0 lead on a Medvesk scamper and 2-point conversion.

In the third quarter, Hayden busted it open with two more Medvesk touchdowns. Holyoke cut the lead to 22-8 in the third quarter when the team returned a kickoff for a touchdown.

Medvesk then hit Scott Armbruster with a 30-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter to give Hayden a 30-8 lead.

Treyben Letlow led the Tigers defensively with 22 tackles, an interception and two fumble recoveries.

“Defensively, I’m very pleased with our production,” Baum­gartner said.

Hayden now preps for the biggest test of the early season. The Tigers play Yuma at 1 p.m. Saturday in Idaho Springs.

Yuma won the state title last season and enters Saturday’s game as the top team in Class 1A.

“It’s the chance of a lifetime,” Baumgartner said.

“They’re the No. 1 team in the state. You don’t get that chance very often.”

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