Steamboat Springs quarterback Christian Ramirez rolls out of the pocket before completing a long pass in the first half of Friday night’s home opening football game against Holy Family at Gardner Field. Steamboat lost, 52-6.

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Steamboat Springs quarterback Christian Ramirez rolls out of the pocket before completing a long pass in the first half of Friday night’s home opening football game against Holy Family at Gardner Field. Steamboat lost, 52-6.

Holy Family cruises to 52-6 victory against Steamboat football


— When it started to go, it went in a blur. And went it started to blur, it got out of hand. 

Although Steamboat hung around with Holy Family for the first 12 minutes of Friday’s game at Gardner Field, sloppy play, miscues and a 29-point second-quarter outburst helped the Tigers easily cruise to a 52-6 win. 

“There was some momentum there. It was 9-6. There was momentum,” Steamboat coach Lonn Clementson said. “We’re just not well traveled enough. We haven’t had enough mileage to capitalize on something we’ve done well.”

The game was just 9-6 after one quarter and seemingly in reach for a Steamboat team desperate for a win. 

But things started to spiral for the Sailors in a forgettable second quarter. 

Steamboat was outgained 371 yards to 50 in the first half, had three fumbles result in 16 Holy Family points and could never answer when the Tigers started to strike.  

“We told ourselves and the kids that the league title comes through Holy Family this year,” Tigers coach Mike Gabriel said. 

With the score knotted at zero early, Steamboat had momentum. But a penalty negated a 43-yard pass play on third-and-14. On the next play, a snap out of the end zone gave Holy Family a 2-0 lead. 

The Tigers, outside of one play, then completely took over. 

Holy Family’s Connor Clay scored from 13 yards out to make it 9-0. Steamboat’s Evan Hornstein took the ensuing kickoff 86 yards to cut the lead to 9-6. 

But the Tigers would score on four of their next five possessions, the final tally a Gintas Jarasuis 28-yard touchdown pass from David Sommers to cap the second-quarter burst. 

“I’m not too sure,” said Hornstein, who added an interception to his touchdown return. “I know we came out hard. We had some big plays that got called back. That’s where the momentum shifted.”

Holy Family continued the onslaught in the second half. Sommers added a nine-yard touchdown run in the third quarter to make it 45-6, and Joey Pendleton added a late run for the final score. 

Sommers, a sophomore making his first start, was 10 of 18 for 264 yards and combined for four touchdowns. 

Clay carried the ball 21 times for 162 yards and two touchdowns.

Hornstein and Ben Custer each had 29 yards rushing for Steamboat.

Holy Family outgained Steamboat 500 yards to 121. 

“People don’t understand why we talk about winning when we haven’t gotten a win yet,” Clementson said. “We’re really, really excited and optimistic about what’s up ahead. When you play tough teams they expose your weaknesses. They’re exposed now.”

Steamboat next plays at 7 p.m. Sept. 16 at Montrose. 

Game statistics

Holy Family 

First Downs: 15

Rushes-Yards: 44-236

Comp-Att-Int: 10-18-1

Yards Passing: 264

Total Yards: 500

Punts-Avg.: 2-33

Fumbles-lost: 2-1

Penalties-Yards: 8-80


First Downs: 6

Rushes-Yards: 32-68

Comp-Att-Int: 3-13-1

Yards Passing: 53

Total Yards: 121

Punts-Avg.: 3-33

Fumbles-lost: 4-3



Steamboat 06-00-00-00—06

Holy Family 09-29-07-07—52


First Quarter

HF — 3:07, safety. 

HF — 2:01, Connor Clay 13 run. (Marco Lonardo kick). 

SS — 1:48, Evan Hornstein 85 return. (Pass fail). 

Second Quarter

HF — 8:33, Clay 1 run. (Lonardo kick). 

HF — 5:08, Jarred DeHerrera 85 pass from David Sommers. (Clay run).

HF — 0:32, DeHerrera 35 pass from Sommers. (Lonardo kick). 

HF — 0:12, Gintas Jarasuis 28 pass from Sommers. (Lonardo kick).  

Third Quarter

HF — 7:42, Sommers 9 run. (Lonardo kick). 

Fourth Quarter

HF — 1:33, Joey Pendleton 1 run. (Lonardo kick). 



S: Ben Custer 8-29; Christian Ramirez 11-10; Hornstein 7-29; Dylan Wilkinson 2-0; Brad Ryan 3-0. 

HF: Clay 21-162, 2 TDs; Jarred DeHerrera 5-7; Sommers 2-(-1); Dominic Pena 8-10; Pendleton 7-42, 1 TD; Jake Shepherd 1-16. 


S: Ramirez 3-13-1, 53 yards. 

HF: Sommers 10-18-1, 264 yards, 3TD.


S: Skyler Kauf 1-38; Michael Yost 2-15. 

HF:  Colin McGillin 1-24; Jarasuis 3-40, 1 TD; DeHerrera 4-170, 2 TD; Clay 1-5; Garrett West 1-19. 

To reach Luke Graham, call 970-871-4229 or email 


Paula Salky 5 years, 7 months ago

What a beautiful night for football!! There was a gentleman sitting beside me that was all alone and I jokingly asked if he was a college scout. He said he was in the Army and I asked where he had served and he told me he had just returned from Afghanistan. He graduate from SSHS in '94. I asked how his transition was back to the U.S. and he said "great!" Holy Name had just scored ANOTHER touchdown while we were talking and I could tell that nothing was sweeter than being back home, watching his alma mater play on a beautiful night in the good ol USA. I thanked him for his service, and looked at the beautiful young kids on the field and thought win or lose...we are so fortunate to be here in Steamboat.


1999 5 years, 7 months ago

awesome story best to our soldiers and a big thanks.

hey Sailors, you'll get em next time!!!!


jk 5 years, 7 months ago

What happened to this once proud program??


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