Steamboat Springs It was a big weekend for the Steamboat Springs and Hayden high school football teams and a mixed bag for the rest of the local fall high school sports programs in Routt County. Check in and see how the teams fared, and what they have ahead.
What happened: The Rams couldn’t protect their quarterback and Vail Christian used that fact to grind Soroco's offense to a halt. The team didn’t have time to deploy the passing attack that was so effective against lesser competition. The Saints, meanwhile, chipped away with their own offense, which proved effective enough.
What it means: Soroco gave up its margin for error by losing on Friday. It needs to finish in the top four of the six-team division to earn a chance to play for a spot in the state's 8-man playoff bracket. To make that happen — not to mention have a chance at winning that game — it needs to find a way to protect the quarterback. That was the glaring flaw with the Rams on Friday night, and any team that watches the tape will set its defensive dogs to attack.
What’s next: Home versus South Park on Friday.
What happened: Hayden got a huge night from senior quarterback Mark Doolin, who scored eight touchdowns while compiling nearly 600 yards of offense. The Tigers were up 20-0 after one quarter.
What it means: It’s just more evidence the Tigers are one of the top teams in the state. Rangely is not, but the Panthers are no slouches, thus making the win, the final score and Doolin’s performance all the more impressive.
What’s next: The Tigers will play at home versus West Grand on Friday.
What happened: Steamboat excelled in all aspects of the game, including on defense, where it held the opponent to just 164 yards on offense. Christian Ramirez, knocked out of the game a week prior, returned with a vengeance, scoring five touchdowns.
What it means: The Sailors got the losing-streak monkey off their back with a 21-19 victory against Summit in the season’s second game, but they may have been releasing two seasons of frustration Saturday in a homecoming rout of Montezuma-Cortez. The squad has the chance to get another win Friday with a trip to 0-5 Battle Mountain.
What’s next: Steamboat travels to play Battle Mountain on Friday.
What happened: Steamboat couldn't hang against a tough defense and hard-hitting offense in a three-set loss Thursday against Glenwood. The Sailors were seeing the world much more clearly Friday in a big win against Eagle Valley.
What it means: The second half of the Steamboat volleyball season should be exciting. That the same team that struggled so much again Glenwood could wax the floor with Eagle Valley is strange, but the Sailors response to that Thursday disappointment is encouraging.
What's next: Steamboat plays at home at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday against Battle Mountain.
What happened: Hayden managed to beat a strong-willed Soroco team Thursday, but gave up any momentum a day later with a loss at Rangely that left coach Christene Planansky befuddled.
What does it mean: Just when it looked like they were gaining momentum, the Tigers suffered a setback at Rangely. They had won two in a row going into the contest and seemed to be playing much better than they had earlier in the season. The wheels came off Saturday, however, and only one of the three sets was close. It’s still just one match, however, and the Tigers showed with their wins against North Park and Soroco that they are capable of turning some heads in the second half of this season.
What’s next: Hayden plays on the road at Plateau Valley on Friday.
What happened: The Rams showed some serious fight in the Hayden sweep. Coach Kim Reeves said her team’s attitude and poise that night was encouraging. However, it was lacking 24 hours later against West Grand.
What it means: Things probably aren’t going really well when a team can say it had an up and down weekend after two 3-0 losses, but that’s where the Rams are. The schedule doesn’t get any easier, but if the team can be as stubborn going forward as it was in that Hayden match, some wins surely await.
What's next: Soroco plays tonight at Vail Christian.
Steamboat soccer (6-4) beat Eagle Valley, 1-0, and Rifle, 6-0
What happened: The Sailors looked comfortable and strong against Rifle, controlling the game with explosive offensive plays. John Vande Velde and Peter White each scored two goals in the 6-0 win.
What it means: Steamboat is alive and, well, kicking. It’s been an on-and-off season for the Sailors, but they’re playing their best soccer now, when it matters the most.
What’s next: Steamboat plays Thursday at Battle Mountain.
Denver Post Week 5 8-man football poll
RK TEAM REC PTS PVS
1 Dayspring Christian (9) 5-0 105 1
2 Hoehne (2) 5-0 99 2
3 Akron 4-1 83 3
4 Elbert 5-0 81 4
5 Fowler 4-1 59 6
6 Caliche 5-0 47 5
7 Norwood 3-1 44 8
8 Hayden 4-1 38 7
9 Walsh 4-1 29 9
10 Kiowa 4-1 9 10
OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: Springfield 5, Simla 4, Granada 1, Vail Christian 1.
DROPPED FROM RANKING: None.
How Joel voted
- Dayspring Christian, 5-0: Defending champs added another nice win, 42-21, against Merino.
- Hoehne, 5-0: The Farmers haven’t had much competition recently. That’s not likely to change until the final regular season game, against Fowler.
- Elbert, 5-0: Elbert got a nice win against previously undefeated Kiowa, 42-36.
- Akron, 4-1: The Rams knocked off Haxtun, 40-18, to bounce back from a tight loss against Dayspring.
- Hayden, 4-1: The Tigers had little trouble avoiding a stumbling block in Rangely, 69-30.
- Caliche, 5-0: The next three weeks will provide a chance for Caliche to prove it’s the class of its brutal division, with matchups against Akron and Dayspring.
- Norwood, 3-1: It routed Nucla 56-6 and should do the same this weekend to Plateau Valley.
- Fowler, 4-1: Three tough games loom in the next three weeks for Fowler.
- Walsh, 4-1: The Eagles dismissed Holly, 46-7.
- Simla, 4-1: Miami-Yoder didn’t prove to be any big test, 42-0. Genoa-Hugo/Karval this week shouldn’t, either.