Sailors fall in homecoming game
Steamboat Springs — This was not the homecoming game the Steamboat Springs High School football team was hoping for.
The Sailors were going against another team that has yet to get a win this season. Both Steamboat and the Roaring Fork Rams felt the game was pivotal to shaping the remainder of their respective seasons. Roaring Fork, however, had the edge Friday and beat Steamboat 34-6.
“We are actually proud of our kids right now, because we were able to get some things done,” Steamboat coach Lonn Clementson said after the game. “Unfortunately, when the offense was rolling, the defense was struggling.”
The Rams were the first on the board in the first quarter, but Steamboat was quick to answer when junior Nate Roach ran the ball in for a touchdown.
Roaring Fork then scored early in the second half with a touchdown by senior Hayden Bernot.
The Rams went on to close out the first half 27-6.
“We knew that we needed to eliminate the big play, and they got a couple of big plays on us in the first half against our defense that set up scores,” Clementson said.
After the halftime homecoming show, Steamboat held the Rams during the third quarter.
“We came out of the locker room better than we have all year,” Clementson said.
A short drive by Steamboat during the fourth quarter was cut short by an interception by Roaring Fork’s Aldo Pinela. The Rams went on to score once more.
“This isn’t a victory for us, but we’re really happy with the progress that our players made, and we had some players that got better during the game,” Clementson said.
Despite the loss, the Sailors were happy to be playing at home again.
“I just really enjoyed playing with all my teammates,” sophomore Ford Louden said. “Everyone played hard. We’ve been on the road the past couple of weeks, and it’s just good to be home.”
Steamboat has three games left in the season and travels to Moffat County on Friday.
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