Hotchkiss takes advantage of Hayden’s mistakes for big win |

Hotchkiss takes advantage of Hayden’s mistakes for big win

Luke Graham

Hayden High School senior Ben Fulton, right, tries to pull in a ball deflected by Hotchkiss High School's Ryan Spor on Friday night. Hotchkiss beat Hayden, 35-0.

With Hayden High School football team on the cusp of doing some good things, Friday’s game against Hotchkiss served as a reminder of how good football teams take advantage of mistakes.

A huge first half turnover and too many second half penalties for Hayden proved to be too much, as league-leading Hotchkiss remained undefeated, picking up a 35-0 win.

“The first half we fought our butts off,” Hayden senior Ben Fulton said. “The second half was totally different. That’s what good football teams do. They take advantage of mistakes.”

And Hotchkiss might be as good as they come in Class 1A. The Bulldogs improved to 7-0 overall and 3-0 in league play by doing what Hayden hasn’t been able to do all year.

Given any sort of opportunity, Hotchkiss instantly capitalized.

The first came early in the second quarter. With the score knotted at 0, Hayden was driving the ball down the field for what looked like a go-ahead score.

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Tigers running back Jake Walker caught a screen pass and was moving inside the Bulldogs 20-yard line when he was stripped from behind.

On the next play, Hotchkiss quarterback Ryan Spor found Pat Sullivan up the right side for 85 yards. A two-point conversion gave the Bulldogs an 8-0 lead.

“That was a big momentum swing,” said Spor, who had 159 yards passing, 123 rushing and contributed three touchdowns. ‘We get the ball back and went for it right away. I looked at coach, and he signaled for the fly route.”

Hayden’s defense held for the rest of the half, before second half penalties did the Tigers in.

In five second half drives, penalties on every drive put Hayden’s offense in long yardage situations.

“Penalties just killed us,” said Hayden coach Shawn Baumgartner, whose team had 8 penalties for 60 yards in the second half. “You can’t go first and 20 for three straight series. It’s too much to make it up. It doesn’t matter who you are. First and 20, you put yourself in such a hole. They know you have to throw the ball in that situation, so they pin their ears back and get after you.”

It did prove to be too much. Hotchkiss scored on its first three drives of the second half – two runs by Spor and one by Tyler Hanson – to take a 28-0 lead.

On Hayden’s second to last drive of the game, Tigers quarterback Graig Medvesk threw an interception to Sullivan, who returned it 74 yards for a touchdown and a 35-0 lead.

It doesn’t get much easier for Hayden (3-4, 1-2) as the team welcomes in undefeated Meeker for a 7 p.m. game Friday at Hayden High School.

“Meeker is every bit as good as these guys,” Baumgartner said. “We just need to find a way to play more consistent.”

Soroco undefeated

The Soroco High School football team survived a shootout Friday, as the team outlasted Silver State, 54-50.

Soroco, 7-0 overall, now prepares for a 7 p.m. showdown Friday at home against undefeated Norwood.

For complete coverage of Friday’s game, see Sunday’s Steamboat Pilot & Today.

Game statistics

Hotchkiss, Hayden

16, First Downs, 14

42-279, Rushes-Yards, 25-126

7-11-1, Comp-Att-Int, 12-29-1

159, Yards Passing, 73

428, Total Yards, 199

2-36, Punts-Avg., 6-44

2-1, Fumbles-lost, 2-1

13-140, Penalties-Yards, 9-70


Hotchkiss, 00-08-14-13-35

Hayden, 00-00-00-00-0


First Quarter


Second Quarter

HK 11:27, Pat Sullivan 85 pass from Ryan Spor. (Spor pass).

Third Quarter

HK 6:39, Spor 8 run. (Sullivan kick).

HK 1:51, Spor 27 run. (Sullivan kick).

Fourth Quarter

HK 11:55, Tyler Hanson 3 run. (Kick fail).

HK :27, Sullivan 74 INT return. (Sullivan kick).



HK: Hanson 13-58, 1 TD; Jaime Rodriguez 15-53; Jacob Galley 4-45; Spor 10-123, 2 TD.

H: Graig Medvesk 12-65; Brian Hoza 8-36; Jake Walker 4-10; Treyben Letlow 1-15.


HK: Spor 7-11-1, 159 yards, 1 TD.

H: Medvesk 12-29-1, 73 yards.


HK: Sullivan 3-129, 1 TD; Steven Floyd 1-9; Gage Grimmett 1-0; Dakota Coats 1-10; Tell Hawk 1-10.

H: Letlwo 4-18; Walker 4-28; Ben Fulton 2-30; Rene Valdez 1-(-4); Hoza 1-1.