Steamboat Springs High School sophomore Billy Clark tries to break a tackle during Saturday’s game against Montezuma-Cortez. The Sailors won, 47-7.

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Steamboat Springs High School sophomore Billy Clark tries to break a tackle during Saturday’s game against Montezuma-Cortez. The Sailors won, 47-7.

Steamboat Springs football team crushes Montezuma-Cortez, 47-7

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— It's been a long time since it has gone like this. Heck, it’s been three years since it has gone like this.

On a picture-perfect Saturday for football, the Steamboat Springs High School football team did whatever it wanted to Montezuma-Cortez.

The offense was explosive, the defense swarmed, and the special teams all contributed to a running clock and a 47-7 Steamboat win.

“It’s nice to be on the other side of it,” said senior Ben Custer, who helped pace a nasty Steamboat defense. “We’ve been in their shoes so many times, and now that we’re on the other side, it feels really good.”

Steamboat’s defense created six Montezuma-Cortez turnovers and limited the Panthers to 164 yards of total offense. That included a vintage second-half performance. The Sailors limited the Panthers to 14 yards in the second half and two first downs, and picked up three sacks and a pair of interceptions off quarterback John Walck.

“Senior homecoming comes around once in a lifetime,” Steamboat coach Lonn Clementson said. “We needed to play with a little more fire. We had to improve from the first half. We gave them too many chances.”

Besides a stretch in the second quarter, Steamboat quarterback Christian Ramirez had a banner day. The senior was 12 of 23 for 289 yards and four touchdowns to go along with a pair of interceptions. He also ran the ball nine times for 68 yards and a touchdown. He had touchdown throws of 8, 19, 39 and 59 yards.

“I’ve never felt as good as I feel right now,” he said. “I want to go enjoy this with my teammates. I’m proud of them. We’ve worked so hard.”

Steamboat (2-3) took a 14-0 lead on Ramirez touchdown passes to Billy Clark and Skyler Kauf. The Panthers' Walck found Alex Lopez late in the first to cut the lead to 14-7.

After a sloppy second quarter, Ramirez found Penn Lukens from 19 yards to go into the half up 21-7.

The game didn’t feel out of reach for Cortez (1-4), but when the team got the ball at half, Walck threw an interception on the Panthers' first possession.

Joe DeLine kicked a 24-yard field goal to make it 24-7. Ramirez found Lukens again and then scored from 8-yards out to make it 38-7.

After a blocked punt resulted in a safety, Kauf took the ball 74 yards on the ensuing punt to get it to a running clock.

Clark had five catches for 84 yards, Kauf had three for 92, Lukens had two for 58, and Brad Ryan had two for 55.

Now Steamboat has a chance for another breakthrough: a winning streak.

The team plays winless Battle Mountain at 7 p.m. Friday on the road. Battle Mountain has lost to Cortez and Summit, Steamboat’s two wins.

By the numbers

Steamboat 47, Montezuma-Cortez 7

Cortez  Steamboat  

10 First Downs 14

23-34 Rushes-Yards 27-111

12-23-4 Comp-Att-Int 12-23-2

130 Yards Passing 289

164 Total Yards 400

4-29 Punts-Avg. 1-45

4-2 Fumbles-lost 1-0

7-45 Penalties-Yards 9-85 

SCORE BY QUARTERS

Cortez 07-00-00-00—7

Steamboat 14-07-17-09—47

SCORING SUMMARY

First Quarter

S — 10:02, Billy Clark 8 pass from Christian Ramirez. (Joe DeLine kick). 

S — 3:48, Skyler Kauf 59 pass from Ramirez. (DeLine kick)

MC — 0:59, Alex Lopez 21 pass from John Walck. (Lopez kick).  

Second Quarter

S — 2:21, Penn Lukens 19 pass from Ramirez. (DeLine kick). 

Third Quarter

S — 10:21, DeLine 24 FG. 

S — 6:12, Lukens 39 pass from Ramirez. (DeLine kick). 

S — 1:18, Ramirez 8 run. (DeLine kick). 

Fourth Quarter

S — 11:02, Safety. 

S — 10:55, Kauf 74 punt return. (DeLine kick). 

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

Rushing

MC: Trent Gustafson 6-8; Dakota Goosen 4-47; Walck 10-(-25); Tallon Ralstin 1-1; Randy Haley 1-(-3); Raudy Castillo 1-6. 

S: Brad Ryan 10-32; Clark 4-8; Ramirez 9-68, 1 TD; DeLine 2-0; Connor Frasier 1-0; Zach Holm 1-3. 

Passing

MC: Walck 11-20-4, 123 yards, 1 TD; Ralstin 1-3-0, 7 yards. 

S: Ramirez 12-23-2, 289 yards, 4 TD. 

Receiving

MC: Lopez 7-75, 1 TD; Austin Bayles 1-7; Haley 1-27; Ralstin 1-8; Gustafson 1-13. 

S: Clark 5-84, 1 TD; Kauf 3-92, 1 TD; Lukens 2-58, 2 TD; Ryan 2-55. 

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

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