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Hayden, Steamboat set for football scrimmage

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What: Steamboat Springs High School vs. Hayden High School football scrimmage

When: 6 p.m. today

Where: Gardner Field at Steamboat Springs High School

— It’s football time again.

After months without football, Steamboat Springs High School and Hayden High School will meet at 6 p.m. today at Gardner Field for a scrimmage, culminating two-week camps for both programs.

Each team is wrapping up its 14-day, 10-practice camps for players.



The two teams will meet at about 6 p.m. for team drills. The scrimmage is slated to begin between 6:20 and 6:30 p.m.

“For both (Hayden coach) Shawn (Baumgartner) and I, this is not focusing on the opponent or in terms of trying to beat the opponent,” first-year Steamboat coach Lonn Clementson said. “It’s just trying to get better. If those things happen, we’ll both be better.”



Each team is expected to get 30 snaps on offense. The ball will be placed on the 40-yard line. The final 10 plays for each team’s offense will consist of younger junior varsity players. There won’t be any special-teams play.

The Colorado High School Activities Association allows teams to have a two-week, 10-practice camp in June or July.

The governing body just allowed for a contact scrimmage, and with Steamboat and Hayden doing their camps around the same time, the scrimmage fell into place.

Both teams used their camps to work more on teaching the game of football than particular game situations.

Still, it will be the first time the two teams will be on the field before two-a-day practices officially begin Aug. 16.

For Steamboat it will be about replacing a slew of offensive starters and inserting a new-look offense. Hayden, which returns several of its top skill players, will be looking to work in a new offensive line.

“We’re using it as a teaching tool,” Baumgartner said. “The coaches will be on the field, and we’ll be able to stop and run through plays. We want to work out the kinks and then take the next two weeks completely off before we hit two-a-days.”

The scrimmage will be open to the public, but coaches encouraged all spectators to stay off the field.

“This isn’t about keeping score,” Clementson said. “It’s two solid programs helping each other get better before their respective seasons start.”


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