Steamboat Springs High School quarterback Christian Ramirez gets on the outside of the Battle Mountain defense to walk into the end zone for a touchdown during Friday night's game in Edwards. The Sailors won, 43-0.

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Steamboat Springs High School quarterback Christian Ramirez gets on the outside of the Battle Mountain defense to walk into the end zone for a touchdown during Friday night's game in Edwards. The Sailors won, 43-0.

Steamboat football shuts out Battle Mountain, spoils homecoming

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By the numbers

■ Score by quarters

Steamboat 14-15-7-7—43

Huskies 0-0-0-0—0

■ Scoring summary

First quarter

S: 7:04, Brad Ryan, 6 run, KG.

S: 5:04 Skyler Kauf, 32 punt return, KG.

Second quarter

S: 6:37, Ryan, 24 run, KG.

S: 3:11, Christian Ramirez to Ben Custer, 10 pass, run good.

Third quarter

S: 0:57, Jimmy Weltzheimer, 91 fumble return, KG.

Fourth quarter

S: 10:10, Mitch McCannon, 6 run, KG.

— Steamboat Springs football seems to be turning a corner as evidenced by Friday night’s 43-0 win against Battle Mountain in Edwards.

The Sailors are 3-3, the first time the team has been .500 or better since the magical 2009 season.

On Friday, the Sailors got going on their second drive, needing only three plays to march 41 yards. Christian Ramirez ripped a 24-yard strike to Mitch McCannon. That set up running back Brad Ryan for a 6-yard scamper and 7-0 lead.

Skyler Kauf made it 14-0 two minutes later when he returned a punt 32 yards to the house.

Steamboat’s Michael Yost ended a Huskies possession with a sack and giving Steamboat the ball on Battle Mountain’s 45. Ramirez helped himself with his feet for a 14-yard gain, and then Ryan rumbled for 26 yards to the end zone.

The Sailors extended their lead to 29-0 on a 10-yard pass from Ramirez to Ben Custer.

Battle Mountain got some momentum in the second half, but its best drive ended with a fumble, which Steamboat’s Jimmy Weltzheimer returned 91 yards for a touchdown at the end of the third quarter.

Early in the fourth quarter, Ryan went down with an injury and did not return to the field. Although Ryan went down, McCannon rushed for a 6-yard score to up Steamboat’s lead to 43-0.

Perhaps Battle Mountain (0-6) can take some solace in the way the Sailors have revived their fortunes. Steamboat Springs went to the playoffs in 2009, reaching the state finals before falling to Valor Christian. The Sailors lost their coach and a ton of seniors from that squad. This all sounds familiar to Huskies fans, who saw their team go 9-2 last fall and make the playoffs for the first time since 1993.

Steamboat heads home to face what should be a Palisade team in a very sour mood. The Bulldogs fell to Rifle, 31-3, on Thursday in Grand Junction. The two teams meet at 7 p.m. Oct. 12 at Gardner Field.

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