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Steamboat can’t keep up with Valor team at state

Valor Christian’s Matt Corral sheds a pair of Steamboat defenders Saturday during the Class 3A state championship football game in Aurora. The Eagles had too many big plays for Steamboat to stay close and went on to win the game

Game statistics

First Downs: 12 (Valor Christian), 9 (Steamboat Springs)

Rushes-Yards: 39-192 (Valor Christian), 20-108 (Steamboat Springs)

Comp-Att-Int: 8-14-0 (Valor Christian), 12-23-2 (Steamboat Springs)

Yards Passing: 196 (Valor Christian), 91 (Steamboat Springs)

Total Yards: 388 (Valor Christian), 199 (Steamboat Springs)

Punts-Avg.: 4-31 (Valor Christian), 6-27 (Steamboat Springs)

Fumbles-lost: 2-0 (Valor Christian), 2-1 (Steamboat Springs)

Penalties-Yards: 14-95 (Valor Christian), 3-20 (Steamboat Springs)

SCORE BY QUARTERS

Valor Christian 21-14-00-06—41

Steamboat 07-07-00-00—14

SCORING SUMMARY

First Quarter

SS: 10:56, Austin Hinder 51 run. (Peter Schuette kick.)

VC: 8:58, Braxton Peats 17 pass from Brock Berglund. (Taylor Yancey kick.)

VC: 6:15, Sackett Keesen 15 pass from Berglund. (Yancey kick.)

VC: 3:19, Blake Froistad 43 pass from Berglund. (Yancey kick.)

Second Quarter

SS: 11:01, Hinder 51 run. (Schuette kick.)

VC: 9:28, Berglund 1 run. (Yancey kick.)

VC: 2:03, Cameron Gray 64 run. (Yancey kick.)

Third Quarter

None.

Fourth Quarter

VC: 3:58, Froistad 20 pass from Berglund. (kick fail.)

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

Rushing

VC: Gray 10-107, 1 TD; Taylor Brown 1-3; Matt Corral 4-14; Ryan Nu’u 2-12; Berglund 11-43, 1 TD; George Talanoa 5-9; LeLen Lang 2-4; Carzell Vickers 2-1; Michael Miller 1-(-1).

SS: Dylan Pivarnik 2-11; Hinder 16-94, 2 TD; Connor Landusky 1-1; Bryce Mayo 1-2.

Passing

VC: Berglund 8-14-0, 196 yards, 4 TD.

SS: Hinder 12-23-2, 91 yards.

Receiving

VC: Vickers 2-31; Peats 2-27, 1 TD; Keesen 2-75, 1 TD; Froistad 2-63, 2 TD.

SS: Pivarnik 5-49; Spady 3-27; Mayo 2-8; Cody Harris 2-7.

Keys to the game

Which of Class 3A’s best quarterbacks will have the best game?

It’s tough to fault either signal caller, but Valor Christian’s Brock Berglund put together a game that will have him in the conversation for Class 3A Player of the Year. The junior completed eight of 14 passes for 196 yards and four touchdowns. He also ran for 43 yards and a touchdown. Hinder did what he could do, gaining 185 of Steamboat’s 199 yards to go along with Steamboat’s lone two scores.

Which team wins the turnover battle?

For the first time this season, Steamboat lost the turnover battle. Valor created three Steamboat turnovers, but the Eagles turned those three turnovers into zero points. What it did, however, was keep the Steamboat offense from getting into any kind of rhythm.

Does Steamboat or Valor do a better job of embracing the big game?

Both teams were ready, but Berglund and the rest of the Eagles made a huge statement after Steamboat went up, 7-0, in the first quarter. The junior quarterback led Valor to scores on five of its first six possessions in the first half, showing that falling behind meant little to the Eagles.





Valor Christian's Matt Corral sheds a pair of Steamboat defenders Saturday during the Class 3A state championship football game in Aurora. The Eagles had too many big plays for Steamboat to stay close and went on to win the game, 41-14.
Joel Reichenberger