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Huskies feel bite

Luke Graham

Steamboat Springs junior running back Joe Dover runs toward the end zone to score a touchdown during the first half of Friday night's homecoming game against Battle Mountain. The Sailors defeated the Huskies, 62-19.

It’s Saturday and the Steamboat Springs High School football team might have just scored again.

Well, not actually, but if you were on Battle Mountain’s side during Friday’s 62-19 absolute drubbing, it probably feels like it.

The Sailors weren’t driving a Cadillac, a Camaro or a Mustang. On Friday, they were steering the Rolls-Royce. They led, 35-0, after one quarter, 62-6 at the half, and they turned a two-hour first half into a 30-minute second half with a running clock because of the mercy rule.

The scoreboard keeper might have had the hardest job of the night. For the record, Fraser Egan scored two touchdowns, and Joe Dover had three. Alex Wood caught one, threw one and returned a fumble for one. Cody Harris caught his first of the season, Austin Hinder threw two, and freshman Garrett Pugh returned an interception 101 yards for a touchdown. According to the Colorado High School Activities Association’s records, the interception return is the 10th longest in state history.

All of that in the first half.

For perspective, Steamboat scored 2.13 points for every play it ran in the first two quarters.

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“All the things that we’ve been working on the last two weeks – the focus on becoming better individuals and better as a team, rather than beating the next opponent, came to the floor” Friday, Steamboat coach Aaron Finch said. “What you saw was a lot of big plays.”

To Battle Mountain’s credit, the team never quit. The Huskies got on the board early in the second quarter behind fleet-footed junior Parke Robbins. Robbins scampered 63 yards for a score to cut the Steamboat lead to 42-6.

Robbins scored again on the Huskies’ first drive of the second half. This time, he broke off the right side for a 9-yard touchdown run to pull Battle Mountain within 62-13. He capped off his night in the fourth quarter when he caught an 18-yard touchdown pass from Jake Engle.

“The ball was bouncing their way tonight. It seemed like everything that went wrong, went wrong for us,” Battle Mountain coach David Joyce said. “In some games, we respond to adversity real well. The Moffat game, and the Cortez game, we got down and came back. The Glenwood game and this game we just couldn’t get anything going. I can’t explain it. But Steamboat played really well” Friday, he said.

Battle Mountain now prepares for Rifle on Friday before welcoming chief rival Eagle Valley the next week.

For Steamboat, the team still is in the Western Slope League race. With the two top teams – Palisade and Glenwood Springs – meeting next week, Steamboat has an opportunity to get better before its week 10 showdown with Glenwood – a matchup that potentially could determine the league champion.

Still, Finch said the focus is on Friday’s game at Moffat County. If it’s not, the Sailors will get beat.

“Week 8 is our rival down river,” Finch said. “That’s what it’s about. Those are easy to focus on and get ready for.”

Steamboat 62, Battle Mountain 19

SCORE BY QUARTERS

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Steamboat 35-27-00-00-62

SCORING SUMMARY

First Quarter

S 10:14, Fraser Egan 3 run. (Jasper Gantick kick).

S 6:56, Joe Dover 1 run. (Gantick kick).

S 6:05, Alex Wood 42 pass from Austin Hinder. (Kick fail).

S 2:45, Egan 2 run. (Wood pass from Eric Bonner).

S 0:22, Wood 9 fumble return. (Gantick kick).

Second Quarter

S 11:00, Dover 46 pass from Hinder. (Gantick kick).

B 10:38, Parke Robbins 63 run. (Kick fail).

S 9:01, Dover 22 run. (Grant McCannon kick).

S 5:02, Cody Harris 22 pass from Wood. (Kick fail).

S 2:19, Garrett Pugh 101 INT return. (McCannon kick).

Third Quarter

B 7:16, Robbins 9 run. (Cody Hervert kick).

Fourth Quarter

B 0:13, Robbins 18 pass from Jake Engle. (Pass fail).

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

Rushing

BM: Robbins 7-70, 2 TD; Jon Simpson 4-15; Engle 3-(-6); Chris Libertini 1-22. S: Dover 5-44, 2 TD; Hinder 2-12; Egan 7-39, 2 TD; Wood 3-12; Dylan Pivarnik 1-(-4); Dustin Siegiel 4-2; Grant McCannon 2-(-17); Pugh 8-20.

Passing

BM: Robbins 2-5-0 11 yards. Engle 12-33-2 149 yards, 1 TD.