Steamboat football rebounds, wins at Summit

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A week after being handled on its home turf to open the season, the Steamboat Springs High School football team rebounded with a 37-32 road win at Summit.

The Sailors held off a late Summit rally by recovering an onside kick inside 1 minute to seal the victory, the first of the season.

“I saw our young men grow up tonight,” Steamboat coach Lonn Clementson said. “I was very excited, along with the coaching staff, to see some kids play very hard for a long time. We faced adversity several times and were able to come back each time.”

Steamboat led, 25-15, late in the third quarter but saw its two-score lead shrink twice in the fourth.

Despite routinely letting the Tigers crawl back, Clementson said his unit never panicked. Clementson praised the strong play from his quarterback and receiver duo, Zach Holm and Mitch McCannon, as well as inside linebacker Brandon Yeager.

“No one panicked,” Clementson said. “We just had some small letdowns that, last week, were huge letdowns. So I’m very happy that they came back and didn’t panic. You have to play the whole game.”

On Friday, Steamboat again will hit the road, this time at league rival Moffat County. The Bulldogs are 0-2 on the season after being blown out at Rifle, 62-0, on Friday. Moffat County’s lopsided loss won’t deter the Sailors coach from playing up the rivalry atmosphere to his team in practices next week.

“We’ve got to play football like it’s a rivalry game,” Clementson said. “Moffat County played an extremely tough Rifle team. We’re going to prepare like they’re winning the league because we expect them to come out and play hard.”

To reach Ben Ingersoll, call 970-871-4204 or email bingersoll@SteamboatToday.com

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