Steamboat football mounts 2nd-half comeback against Montezuma-Cortez

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— A week after finding itself unable to climb out of a deep hole midway through the third quarter, the Steamboat Springs High School football team flipped the script Saturday.

Down 21-13 at half during a rare day game at Montezuma-Cortez, the Sailors didn’t panic.

But then the deficit grew to 27-13 shortly into the third quarter.

Panic? Not coach Lonn Clementson’s squad.

The Sailors reeled off 22 second-half points and stunned Montezuma-Cortez on its homecoming.

A steady Mitch McCannon and Charles Toye presence on the ground and a critical fourth-quarter interception by Dustin Andres sealed Steamboat a 35-27 nonleague win.

“The whole staff was proud,” Clementson said. “That’s part of the learning curve. This will serve them well outside the game of football. That was very encouraging.”

Clementson said the offense did a great job mounting the comeback, especially the offensive line’s ability to protect quarterback Zach Holm in the second half.

“I think it’s one step in the right direction when you’re able to come back from a deficit,” Clementson said. “I think they understand the reward you get when keep playing and play hard.”

Steamboat has its own homecoming week coming up and will host Battle Mountain at 7 p.m. Friday.

To reach Ben Ingersoll, call 970-871-4204, email bingersoll@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @BenMIngersoll

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