Sailors can’t keep up with Palisade |

Sailors can’t keep up with Palisade

— For a short while, there was hope for the Steamboat Springs High School football team on Friday against No. 2 Palisade, but keeping up with one of 3A’s top teams was just too much.

“We knew we were in for a tough battle tonight, and it proved to be that way,” SSHS coach Lonn Clementson said. “That team is just so fundamentally sound in all areas of the game that it’s just tough to overcome. The score doesn’t reflect the fact our kids did what they could.”

The Sailors lost 63-3 to Palisade (6-0) at Gardner Field, their third consecutive loss after a 2-1 start to the season. SSHS led 3-0 on a long — Clementson saying it was near 50 yards — field goal from Joe DeLine, which came after an early Palisade turnover.

By halftime, however, Palisade was in cruise control and led 42-3 at the break.

“We just have to focus on what we can control, and the last three teams we have played are playoff-bound teams, in my opinion,” Clementson said. “We are happy with the effort our kids are putting forth. When you are doing the best you can, you just can’t get that down.”

Steamboat (2-4 overall, 0-3 Western Slope) will travel to Eagle Valley (5-1) next week. The Devils received a surprising test from Glenwood Springs (0-6) on Friday, escaping with a 17-14 win.

“I really feel strongly that we will have a great week of preparation,” Clementson said. “The beautiful thing about a football season is you get a new opportunity each week. We are looking forward to this next week.”

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