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Steamboat football falls, 26-7, to Rifle after early lead

Steamboat Springs — If only the Steamboat Springs High School football team could have finished like it started. — If only the Steamboat Springs High School football team could have finished like it started.

— If only the Steamboat Springs High School football team could have finished like it started.

Steamboat (0-6 overall, 0-3 in the Western Slope League) jumped out to an early lead Friday against Rifle, before struggles in the second quarter left Steamboat in a hole that resulted in a 26-7 loss.

“Nobody’s head is down,” Steam­boat coach Lonn Clem­en­tson said. “We’ll get back Monday and go to work. The games have been great for us. We’ll just continue to improve.”



The Sailors started the game like they would get their first win of the season. Steamboat drove 90 yards on its first drive for a 7-0 lead. The score was set up by a long run by quarterback Christian Ramirez, who also scored the touchdown, with a 1-yard plunge.

Rifle (5-1, 3-0) came back and scored, but Steamboat blocked the extra point to make it 7-6 after one quarter.



In the second, the Bears responded with 20 unanswered points to go into halftime with a 26-7 lead.

Steamboat didn’t give up any more points, but the second quarter proved too much to overcome.

“We lost the turnover battle,” Clementson said. “That’s a killer.”

Steamboat now prepares to play the other top team in the league, Glenwood Springs. The teams play at 7 p.m. Friday at Gardner Field in Steamboat.

— To reach Luke Graham, call 871-4229 or e-mail lgraham@steamboatpilot.com— To reach Luke Graham, call 871-4229 or e-mail lgraham@steamboatpilot.com— To reach Luke Graham, call 871-4229 or e-mail lgraham@steamboatpilot.com


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