Sailors football destroys rival Bulldogs, 57-15 |

Sailors football destroys rival Bulldogs, 57-15

Nate Waggenspack/Craig Daily Press

Steamboat's Billy Clark

— The Steamboat Springs High School football team ran past Moffat County, 57-15, on Friday night in Craig for the Sailors' first win against the Bulldogs in four years.

Steamboat, now 2-1, and has put up 94 points in two weeks after falling to Eagle Valley in Week 1.

The game started out with very little offense but plenty of scoring anyway. Steamboat's Bill Clark took the opening kickoff up the middle and went untouched into the end zone to give the Sailors a 7-0 lead.

After a punt from Moffat County, the Sailors airmailed a snap over quarterback Zach Holm's head, and the Bulldogs recovered it in the end zone to tie the game at seven.

The tight feel of the game disappeared soon after that. Clark intercepted an overthrow from Moffat quarterback Matt Hamilton on an out route and returned it for a touchdown to make it 14-7. It was a dream start to the game for the Steamboat junior.

"Those plays got us going. They got our momentum going. It just never stopped," Clark said.

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After that, it became the Mitch McCannon show. The junior running back and slot wideout returned Moffat County's next punt for a touchdown, and Steamboat converted for two to make it 22-7.

McCannon would return another punt for a touchdown, catch passes of 66 and 67 yards for touchdowns and finish the half with a 23-yard score as the Sailors piled it on to take a 57-7 lead at the break.

"Man, that was great," McCannon said about the Sailors' performance. "I felt like I could beat their (defensive backs) one and one. And our Zach (Holm), our quarterback, has an awesome arm, and he was on tonight."

For the Bulldogs, it was a rough evening in every facet of the game, especially on special teams, surrendering three kick returns for touchdowns. Hamilton struggled in his return from injury, throwing four interceptions in the game.

In the second half, the clock moved quickly, but Brett Loyd capped off a Moffat County drive with an 18-yard touchdown for the final score.

It was the first win against Moffat County for every member on the Steamboat football team.

"Beating Craig for the first time in four years feels great," McCannon said. "Now, it's up to us to keep moving forward and move on to the next opponent."

That's Glendwood Springs, which Steamboat will face at 7 p.m. Sept. 20 at home.

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