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Hayden football looks to fix mistakes against Yuma

— Yuma in recent years has proven to have one of the top Class 1A high school football programs in the state. That doesn't bode well for a Hayden High School team still finding its way.

Still, the Tigers hope to do just that at 1 p.m. Saturday in a showdown against the Indians in Idaho Springs.

Hayden is coming off a disappointing first-week loss but is confident that fixing a few mistakes can go a long way.

"We have to get rid of our mental mistakes, and we have to make the plays we need to make," Tigers coach Shawn Baumgartner said. "We dropped too many balls last week. A couple times, we had steps on guys and balls that should have been caught, but we missed assignments and missed some tackles. Kids were in positions to make plays but didn't get it done."

Correcting some of the mistakes could help jump-start a Hayden offensive attack that struggled last week in a 34-9 loss to Holyoke, a game that for many of the players marked their first significant varsity playing time in their current roles.

Hayden was held without an offensive touchdown, scoring with a safety and late in the game on a kickoff return.

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Against the Yuma Indians, who started the season with a 13-7 win against Caliche, that may be tough. Yuma beat Hayden last year, 21-14, but only returns some of the playmakers from that team and is adapting to a new coach and a new style.

The Tigers also will have to replace junior cornerback T-Lane Mazzola, who suffered a concussion in last week's loss to Holyoke.

"Any time you play against a really good team like Yuma, if you can keep it close into the fourth quarter, the kids know you have a shot," Baumgartner said. "We have talented kids, and if we can make some of those plays, we'll have a shot."

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