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Sailors face Huskies

Steamboat football plays Battle Mountain tonight during homecoming

Steamboat Spring High School football team practices Thursday at Gardner Field. Steamboat's homecoming game is at 7 p.m. tonight against Battle Mountain.

Steamboat Springs is certainly the heavy favorite in today’s 7 p.m. football game against Battle Mountain, as the Sailors celebrate homecoming.

The Huskies have struggled mightily in recent years. The team is on its third coach in four years and hasn’t won a game yet under first-year coach David Joyce.

But that doesn’t mean the Huskies don’t put a little scare in Sailors coach Aaron Finch.

“They do a lot of good things,” Finch said. “Then they’ll have a couple breakdowns and get themselves out of a game. They’re a team that could be very, very competitive in our league if they put things together.”

Battle Mountain runs the option attack Joyce brought from Arkansas. While young, the Huskies have athletes all over the field, maybe the best being junior quarterback Parke Robbins.

Battle Mountain (0-6 overall, 0-4 in Western Slope League play) does everything it can to get the ball in Robbins’ hands, including lining him up at wide receiver in certain sets.

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While Robbins might give the Steamboat defense some trouble, it could be a big day for the Sailors’ offense.

The Huskies are giving up just less than 40 points per game. With Steamboat (5-1, 4-1) starting to put things together on offense, today’s game has the potential to showcase some big numbers on the scoreboard.

Finch said at this point in the season, the offense has all of its sets and formations in. The key now, he said, is just refining everything.

“We’re focusing on executing it every week,” Finch said. “We want them to become better football players. That really becomes our focus this week. It’s back to basics to do our core things that make us better.”

Finch said with the excitement of homecoming week and the fact Battle Mountain’s program has been on a downslide during the past few years, the key for Steamboat will be to execute when given the chance.

That means being sturdy on defense and efficient on offense.

“We don’t want to get into a shootout with Battle Mountain,” Finch said. “They haven’t had the breaks go their way. We need to take care of business and take care of the football from the very first snap.”

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Western Slope League standings

Palisade 7-0 overall, 5-0 in league

Glenwood Springs 6-0, 4-0

Steamboat Springs 5-1, 4-1

Montezuma-Cortez 3-2, 2-2

Moffat County 2-4, 2-3

Eagle Valley 1-5, 1-3

Rifle 1-5, 1-3

Delta 2-4, 1-4

Battle Mountain 0-6, 0-4


Steamboat 62-57-37-35-191

Opponent 29-28-21-21-97



S: Hinder 53-397, 7 TD; Fraser Egan 54-355, 5 TD; Joe Dover 53-441, 5 TD; Charles Wood 5-26, 1 TD; Dustin Siegel 10-45; Cody Harris 1-8; Jasper Gantick 1-(-19); Eric Bonner 3-15, 1 TD; Michael Savory 2-(-10).


S: Hinder 46-89-6, 754 yards,5 TD; Savory 1-2-0, minus-4 yards.


S: Alex Wood 17-361, 4 TD; Cody Harris 7-157; Dover 13-151; Nelson Brassell 3-29; Gantick 1-11; Charles Wood 1-3; Jack Spady 1-3; Dylan Pivarnik 1-11, 1 TD; Bonner 1-11; Siegiel 1-(-4).