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Coaches, players continue look for answers after Sailors fall to Longhorns in Basalt

— The Steamboat Springs High School football team’s struggles continued Friday as the team fell to Basalt 49-0 on the road.

The Longhorns piled up 340 yards in total offense in the win, including three touchdowns from Jake Reardon and two more from Kyle Roberts. Basalt’s Alex Alberto and Ernesto Lopez also had touchdowns in the game.

“We just did not play well in any phase of the game tonight,” Sailors coach Lonn Clementson said. ‘“I think a slow start really affected us tonight, and then, it just got away from us.

The Longhorns rushed for 173 yards in the game, and senior quarterback Miles Levy threw for 167 more.

Clementson said he felt his team was prepared for the game, but acknowledged the Sailors did not play well. He added that, despite having several seniors on this year’s squad, the team is still very young, and many of the older players lack experience.

“We just don’t have a ton of experience — learning curve is really steep,” Clementson said. “We love our kids, and there is no question that they have a ton of potential. I think we played better in Conifer last week, but we just didn’t perform well as a group tonight. As a coach, that’s on me, and we will have to find a way to fix it.”

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Basalt took the early lead Friday with a first-quarter touchdown then exploded for three more in the second to take a 28-0 lead into the half. The Longhorns put the game away with 14 points in the third quarter and added another seven in the fourth.

The win improves the league-leading Longhorns’ season record to 3-2 overall and 1-0 in ] league. It was the first league game for the Sailors, who fell to 0-5 on the year.

Clementson said the team will watch film Saturday and try to figure out what went wrong as they begin preparing for the team’s Oct. 7 homecoming matchup with Roaring Fork. Roaring Fork lost to Moffat County Friday 36-33 and is still looking its first win of the 2016 campaign.

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