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Hayden football looks for 2nd straight win

Tigers to face Panthers in homecoming football showdown today

If you go

What: Hayden High School football (2-3) vs. Rangely (0-4)

When: 7:30 p.m. today

Where: Hayden High School

Cost: $4 adults, $3 students

Steamboat Springs — Last weekend’s tight win against Paonia may have been a season-saving endeavor, Hayden High School football coach Shawn Baumgartner said. — Last weekend’s tight win against Paonia may have been a season-saving endeavor, Hayden High School football coach Shawn Baumgartner said.

— Last weekend’s tight win against Paonia may have been a season-saving endeavor, Hayden High School football coach Shawn Baumgartner said.

The benefits will be felt only if the Tigers can hold serve at 7:30 p.m. today at home against Rangely, however. Hayden welcomes the Panthers tonight for a homecoming clash that could allow Hayden, 2-3, to even its record at .500.

“That win against Paonia was huge for us,” Baumgartner said. “You could see the wind starting to come out of our sails with three losses in a row, but that was big. Now this week, the homecoming excitement will be in the air, and it’s definitely a game we have to win.”



Rangely enters the game 0-4 and coming off a 46-4 loss to Hotchkiss. The Panthers have been outscored, 188-28, this season, and the Tigers hope to add to that disparity.

Improving to 3-3 will take good offensive balance and a consistent defense, Baumgartner said.



“We have to pressure their quarterback on defense and make some plays in our secondary,” he said, anticipating a spread attack from Rangely.

He said pressuring the quarterback was a big help against Paonia, even though the team came away from the game without a sack. Hayden senior Treyben Letlow hit the quarterback early in the game, and the Tigers defense kept him from getting comfortable all night.

“We knew that pressure was there,” Baumgartner said. “We have to get to that quarterback again and get inside his head. If you can rattle him, his throws are just off by that much, and it can be a big help to the defensive backs.”

Offensively, Hay­­den will try to mix what has been a strong passing game with a sometimes-patchy running attack.

“We need to find some balance, and we need to keep their defense off balance,” Baum­gartner said. “They’ll be bringing the house on a blitz all game, so we need to have our heads up and pick up our assignments. We did a good job with that against Paonia, and we have to do it again this week.”

Baumgartner said he doesn’t have to work hard to motivate his team, even after they see scores from Rangely’s earlier games. Last year, Hayden escaped with a 7-6 win at Rangely.

“I keep reminding the kids of that,” Baum­gart­ner said. “They played us tough and fought with everything they had. We have to be ready.”

The day’s homecoming activities include a 6:30 p.m. varsity volleyball match, also against Rangely. The king and queen will be crowned at halftime of the football game.

— To reach Joel Reichenberger, call 871-4253 or e-mail jreichenberger@steamboatpilot.com


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