Hayden football team rides Doolin to win at Rangely

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— Mark Doolin went all video game on Rangely.

The senior Hayden High School football quarterback had 589 yards rushing and passing to go along with a measly eight touchdowns in the Tigers' 69-30 blowout Friday.

“Our offensive line did a great job tonight,” Hayden coach Shawn Baumgartner said. “We were really able to get out on their linebackers. There were times Mark was just untouched. They did a great job pass protecting, too.”

Doolin had 368 yards rushing on 19 carries to go with six touchdown runs. He also completed 12 of 19 passes for 221 yards and two touchdown passes to Aaron Cramer.

Running back Dan Engle also had 10 carries for 123 yards and two touchdowns.

The Tigers jumped out to a 20-0 lead in the first quarter before Rangely’s running game started to show signs of life.

Rangely was able to eat up the clock and make it respectable in the second and third quarters. In the fourth, however, Hayden’s defense got two fourth-down stops and a T-Lane Mazzola interception to seal the win.

The Tigers, now 4-1 overall and 2-0 in league play, next play at 7 p.m. Friday at home against West Grand. The team then plays at South Park and at Vail Christian.

On paper, Hayden should win against West Grand and South Park, setting up a league title-deciding game against Vail Christian, which beat Soroco, 26-6, on Friday.

“You have to put this one behind you,” Baumgartner said. “We just have to keep taking care of business. It’s one day, one week, one game at a time. We must maintain that attitude and focus.”

To reach Luke Graham, call 970-871-4229 or email lgraham@SteamboatToday.com

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