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Sailors football hopes to tame Huskies

Luke Graham

— Sit down and look at the Western Slope League football playoff formulas, mash the numbers, predict outcomes and try to figure out who the three playoff qualifiers will be, and it can be nauseating.

The bottom line, and the only thing the Steamboat Springs High School football team can control, is winning Friday at Battle Mountain.

“We’re not quite there,” Steamboat coach Aaron Finch said. “We’re not going to talk about it.”

What is known is with three league games and a nonleague game with Buena Vista left on the schedule, Steamboat is right where it wants to be.

The Sailors are 6-0 overall and 5-0 in league play. If Steamboat keeps winning, the playoffs will come, Finch said.

“If you just play to win, you’re not getting the most out of yourself,” Finch said. “We’re trying as individuals and as a team to get better. We want to be better at understanding the offense and getting better on defense. We game plan the best we can to beat the opponent that we play this week. But we still go to practice and get better.”

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It’s no secret what Steamboat is getting into at 7 p.m. Friday.

Battle Mountain (1-5, 0-4) has spent the better part of the decade in the cellar of the league.

The Huskies snapped a 19-game losing streak earlier this season against Highland High School.

Offensive playmaker Parke Robbins leads Battle Mountain. The senior is equally adept at running the ball, catching the ball and throwing the ball.

He has topped 200 yards rushing multiple times this year and is one of the top athletes in the league.

“We approach it like we approached the last two weeks against Palisade and Rifle,” defensive lineman Darian Buelter said. “We come in and watch film. We know their offense can move the ball. We have to play like we can and shut them down in the first couple of minutes. If we play our game, we’ll beat them.”

The key might be for Steamboat to get off to a fast start.

The Sailors have outscored opponents 139-34 in the first half this season. But being what many consider the No. 1 team in Class 3A means Steamboat is likely to get Battle Mountain’s best shot.

And the longer the Huskies stay in the game, the tougher they’re likely to get.

“People decided we’re a good football team and ranked us accordingly, no matter how much I like it or not,” Finch said.

“The target is on us. People play their best against good football teams. We have to play our best football. It doesn’t matter if we’re playing someone in the league or nonleague.”

If you go

What: Steamboat football
at Battle Mountain

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Where: Battle Mountain High School (now in Edwards)

2009 SSHS Statistics

Steamboat

First Downs: 89

Rushes-Yards: 150-825

Comp-Att-Int: 90-144-3

Yards Passing: 1,129

Total Yards: 1,954

Punts-Avg.: 14-33

Fumbles-lost: 12-4

Penalties-Yards: 40-346

Opponent

First Downs: 75

Rushes-Yards: 202-709

Comp-Att-Int: 57-112-12

Yards Passing: 746

Total Yards: 1,455

Punts-Avg.: 24-33

Fumbles-lost: 11-6

Penalties-Yards: 59-515

Score By Quarters

Opponent: 14-20-06-47-87

Steamboat: 54-85-44-47-230

Rushing

Connor Landusky 16-54; Austin Hinder 61-327, 5 TD; Dylan Pivarnik 9-38; Jake Miller 1-(-1); Joe Dover 52-411, 8 TD; Michael Savory 4-11; Evan Hornstein 3-31, 1 TD; Tyler Samlowski 5-18, 1 TD; Jack Verploeg 1-3

Passing

Hinder 85-132-2, 1,102 yards, 14 TD; Miller 1-2-1, 8 yards; Savory 3-10-0, 8 yards; Dover 1-1-0, 2 yards

Receiving

Verploeg 14-114, 1 TD; Jack Spady 32-517, 7 TD; Cody Harris 10-66, 1 TD; Pivarnik 10-135, 3 TD; Bryce Mayo 2-19; Landusky 2-17; Dover 19-232, 2 TD; Sam Robards 1-8; Jackson Coe 1-6