Routt County high school sports roundup

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Hayden football (7-2) defeated Simla, 55-12

What happened: Hayden went up 14-0 early and weathered Simla’s attempt to stay in the game in the second quarter. The Tigers then cruised in the second half, racking up big-time stats on their Front Range opponent. Quarterback Mark Doolin had a hand in seven touchdowns as Hayden routed Simla.

What does it mean: The Tigers are in the 8-man playoffs. They were given the No. 14 seed Sunday, meaning they’ll play on the road at No. 3 Akron, likely at 1 p.m. Saturday.

What’s next: The first round of the 8-man playoffs against Akron.

Steamboat football (4-5) defeated Lutheran Parker, 21-20

What happened: The Sailors hung in against a good Lutheran Parker team, then took advantage of important scoring opportunities. Nathan Park scooped up a blocked field goal and took it 64 yards for a 7-0 lead in the third quarter. Mitch McCannon later scored on a 4-yard run, but a failed extra point attempt left the Sailors trailing by one, 14-13. They went down 8 points after another Lutheran touchdown. But Steamboat didn’t quit, and Skyler Kauf hauled in a 33-yard touchdown pass from Christian Ramirez late in the game. McCannon then caught a pass from Kauf for the gutsy go-ahead two-point conversion that gave Steamboat the win.

What does it mean: The win was Steamboat’s fourth of the season, but it was far and away the team’s most impressive. The three previous teams the Sailors beat are a combined 3-27. Lutheran entered its game with Steamboat at 6-2. Steamboat has the chance to finish .500 Friday at home against Delta, but the Sailors already proved plenty by knocking off Lutheran.

What’s next: Steamboat closes out its season at home Friday against Delta.

Soroco volleyball (2-17) lost at the district tournament

What happened: The Rams needed things to fall their way on the first day of the district volleyball tournament, but that didn’t happen. The team’s season-long struggles continued, and with an 0-3 record in the tournament’s first-round, Soroco’s season came to an abrupt end.

What does it mean: The season is over

Hayden volleyball's (4-18) season ends at district tournament

What happened: Hayden entered as the bottom seed in its pool at the district tournament. It didn’t finish in the top two, thus it didn’t advance to the second day and the season ended at the tournament in Kremmling.

What does it mean: The season is over

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