Flat 2nd half stings Hayden football

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— It was a tale of two halves for Hayden High School football Saturday afternoon.

After scoring a touchdown with two seconds left in the first half, the Tigers trailed 24-16 at Dayspring Christian Academy, one of the top 8-man football teams in the state.

Then the third quarter began.

Dayspring Christian (2-0) blew the game wide open in the second half, scoring 30 points in the third quarter en route to a 70-16 win. Hayden head coach Shawn Baumgartner said his team came out of the locker room flat in the second half.

“We took a pretty good beating today,” Baumgartner said. “We’ve never been beaten this bad, ever.”

It was a lopsided second half, but Baumgartner loved what he saw from his Tigers squad in the game’s first two quarters. Hayden was 5-for-7 passing in the first half and paced by runners Dan Engle and Greg Frentress. Engle ran for a team-high 58 yards.

Baumgartner said the daytime heat in Greeley reached nearly triple digits, causing some of his key players to cramp up. Some younger players were forced to step in, often playing out of position.

The 54-point loss could help the Tigers going forward, Baumgartner said.

“It needs to sting,” Baumgartner said. “You need to swallow a little bit of pride. It needs to hurt, but you need to come ready the next week and put it behind you.”

Hayden (1-1) will play its first home game of the season Friday after opening the season with two straight on the road. The Tigers will take on Rocky Mountain Lutheran from Denver, a team Hayden beat handedly in 2012, 48-6.

“We’ve had back-to-back, four-hour road trips,” Baumgartner said. “It will be nice to play at home and play a Friday night game under the lights.”

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

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