Steamboat Springs The Sailors knew what was coming on Friday night, and they simply couldn’t stop it.
2013 Sailors football schedule
- Aug. 30: Eagle Valley 48, Steamboat 12
- Sept. 6: Steamboat 37, Summit 32
- Sept. 13: Steamboat 57, Moffat County 15
- Sept. 20: Glenwood Springs 37, Steamboat 10
- Sept. 28: Steamboat 35, Montezuma-Cortez 27
- Oct. 4: Steamboat 27, Battle Mountain 16
- Oct. 11: Palisade 56, Steamboat 0
- Oct. 18: Rifle 50, Steamboat 10
- Oct. 26: Lutheran 61, Steamboat 7
- Nov. 1: Delta 50, Steamboat 12
For the fourth straight year, the Steamboat Springs High School football team fell to Glenwood Springs, 37-10, due in large part to Demons running back Henry Hill, who gashed the Sailors for 186 yards and three touchdowns on 25 carries.
Hill racked up 140 of his yards in the first two quarters, as Glenwood Springs opened up a 17-3 halftime lead. The Demons senior scored his first touchdown on an eight-yard run in the first quarter and stunned the Sailors with a 55-yard punt return for a score a minute later.
It didn’t take Glenwood Springs (1-3, 1-2 Western Slope League) long to blow the game open in the second half, as Hill plunged in for his third score five minutes into the third quarter, pushing the Demons’ lead to 24-3. The margin swelled to 37-3 before Steamboat speedster Mitch McCannon dashed 59 yards for the Sailors’ only touchdown with five minutes left in the game.
Hill was sporting a bulky shoulder brace and heavily taped fingers after dislocating both in Glenwood Springs’ previous game against Rifle. But Demons head coach Rocky Whitworth rode his workhorse until deep into the fourth quarter.
“I was expecting that,” Hill said about his 25 carries. “I am always expecting that, I guess. I was ready. I came off an injury last week, but my shoulder held up really well. I didn’t feel anything, which was good.”
On the flip side, the Sailors struggled to get anything going offensively. Steamboat running back Charles Toye and quarterback Zachary Holm combined for just 66 yards on 28 carries. The passing game wasn’t producing results for the Sailors either, as Holm went 10-for-19 through the air for 48 yards and three interceptions, one of which was returned 60 yards by linebacker Sam Carmer for a score.
Steamboat head coach Lonn Clementson said he expected Glenwood Springs to come in with a salty group after the Demons struggled to a 0-3 record to open the season. Through the loss, however, Clementson said his team has a lot of potential moving forward.
“We have a lot to work on, but we have improved since our first game,” Clementson said. “So for us, this is going to be a learning experience. The result isn’t what we wanted, but we went against a quality opponent, as they always are.”
Steamboat (2-2, 1-2) will hit the road next weekend for an 11 a.m. Saturday game at Montezuma-Cortez. With the 27-point loss to Glenwood Springs behind them, Clementon said the team will learn, move on and refocus.
“This is all about teaching and getting better,” Clementson said. “This is not about getting down on players or each other in any way. So we’re always disappointed when we lose, but more importantly, we want to build on the positive things that have happened.”
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