Prep sports preview: Routt County football teams travel for competitive match-ups, others hope for strong finish
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — The final two weeks of football will welcome tough competition and cross-town rivalries, while volleyball and soccer will wrap up their regular seasons.
Steamboat Springs High School boys varsity soccer hopes to avenge its previous loss from earlier this season, while the volleyball team wants to finish strong after a week of tougher competition.
Soroco High School volleyball is on the cusp of finishing the season with a team goal accomplished — a shot at playoffs —but will need to produce a strong performance in both games to show it can contend.
- Steamboat Springs football (2-5, 0-2)
at Summit (2-5, 1-1) 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19
The Sailors have had a lot of almosts this season. They’ve lost four of their last seven games by eight or less points, which is both a sign of potential but also a sign of ongoing disappointment. The Tigers are coming off a 20-7 victory against Eagle Valley but also lost a close game to Battle Mountain, 26-14, on Oct. 5. In August, the Tigers lost to Moffat County 40-7, a team Steamboat lost to by one touchdown Sept. 7. Senior quarterback Brendan Collins and senior wide receiver Max Duxbury will be the ones to watch from the Tigers. The Sailors have capitalized on both their running and passing games behind junior wide receiver Tanner Raper and running backs senior Austin Ban and sophomore Finn Russell
- Soroco football (5-2, 2-2)
at West Grand (7-0, 4-0) 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19
The Rams have had a tough two weeks. The Rangely Panthers pummeled Soroco, 48-6, on its home turf after losing a close contest with Vail Christian the week before 74-66. Now, the Rams travel to Kremmling to take on West Grand, the No. 1 team in the state. Senior Jace Logan is fast approaching the 2,000-yard rushing mark, racking up 1,920 yards so far this season. Senior Jesse Amrein has a team high of 41 tackles, averaging 5.9 tackles per game. The Rams stand at No. 17 in the RPI rankings, which puts them one spot away from a playoff berth going into its final two games.
- Hayden football (2-5, 1-4)
vs. Rocky Mountain Lutheran (0-6, 0-4), 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19
The Tigers are in the midst of a four-game losing streak and are looking for a burst of confidence before taking on rival Soroco on the road next week.
- Steamboat Springs volleyball (12-8, 8-3)
vs. Summit (4-12, 1-8), 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18
vs. Grand Junction (7-14, 1-6), 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20
After defeating Battle Mountain on Tuesday, the Sailors once again find themselves second in the Western Slope League. The Sailors previously defeated the Tigers in five sets on the road on Sept. 27 and stand comfortably in playoff position at No. 26 in the RPI rankings, where the top 36 teams will advance. A collection of senior Sailors top the Western Slope League in stats. Senior Anna Allsberry has the No. 3 best hitting efficiency at 25.4 percent but leads the league in number of kills with 317. Senior Abi Berlet leads the league with 521 assists, and senior Katelyn Kline has the second-most digs in the league with 240. Senior Avery Harrington has 70 total blocks this season, which is second most in the league.
- Soroco volleyball (9-10, 4-6)
at West Grand (5-12, 4-6), 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19
at Meeker (18-0, 11-0), 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20
The Rams sit at No. 37 in the RPI standings, just one spot away from a playoff berth and are coming off a 3-0 sweep of Moffat County. Sophomore Makinley Parker has been the Rams’ main target on offense with 103 kills, ranking as No. 15 in the league.
- Hayden volleyball (8-9, 4-7)
vs. Paonia (9-8, 6-4), 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19
The Tigers host the Eagles in Hayden’s final match of the season. The Eagles are currently No. 5 in the Western Slope League while the Tigers are No. 10. The Tigers’ main threat at the net continues to be junior Joey Deckler, who has 98 kills and 58 total blocks so far this season.
- Steamboat Springs boys soccer (9-3-2, 7-2-2)
vs. Battle Mountain (12-1-1, 10-0-1), 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18
The Sailors tied their second matchup with the Summit Tigers on Tuesday night and will face a rival in their final game of the regular season. In their last matchup, the Huskies defeated the Sailors 7-2 on Sept. 18. Steamboat sits at No. 27 in the RPI standings, within the top 32 for playoffs, and Battle Mountain is No. 6 in the state. The Sailors return their goalie, junior Juan Campoverde, who has been out for over a month due to a broken hand injury. Seniors Quinn Connell and Murphy Bohlmann are the top scorers with 12 and 20 goals respectively.
- Steamboat Springs XC
at Regionals in Battle Mountain, 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19
at Regionals in Delta, Friday, Oct. 19
The cross country teams will head to regionals in attempt to qualify runners for state.
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