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Sailors win big in Rifle

Luke Graham

— There is no better way to restore a football team’s confidence than getting back to basics and playing simple football.

So just a week after having its worst offensive and defensive performance of the year against Palisade, the Steamboat Springs High School football team didn’t do anything fancy in a 32-7 drubbing of Rifle on Friday night.

Steamboat threw only 10 passes, mostly because of the team’s success on the ground. Steamboat averaged nearly 10 yards a carry in racking up 263 yards rushing.

“We had the lead,” said Fraser Egan, who ran the ball 12 times for 114 yards and a touchdown. “It was clock management and trying to get it done. We were getting pretty good yardage every time.”

Steamboat started furiously, mostly behind the work of quarterback Austin Hinder.

Hinder took the first Sailors play from scrimmage 65 yards for a 7-0 lead. He added a 19-yard run at the end of the first quarter and hooked up with Dylan Pivarnik on an 11-yard touchdown pass at the beginning of the second quarter to give Steamboat a 19-0 lead.

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Egan added a 3-yard score late in the second quarter to send Steamboat into the locker room up 25-0 at halftime.

“There were a lot of things we wanted to do throwing the football,” Steamboat coach Aaron Finch said. “But we were getting big gains and it came to a point where you want to run clock. : It’s once again score quick. But Rifle’s in a tough place. They have great kids, great coaches and a great tradition. But the breaks haven’t gone early for them and it’s harder to get focused.”

Rifle had its chances, but struggled to complete drives.

The Bears opened the game with a 12-play drive but failed on a fourth-and-7 play. Then, in the second quarter, Rifle was again on the march. The Bears used 17 plays to drive inside the Sailors 20-yard line. But again Rifle came up short on a fourth down play. The Bears had drives of 10 and 15 plays in the second half.

Steamboat’s Eric Bonner added a fourth quarter score from 4 yards out to put Steamboat up 32-0, before Rifle finally scored on a Logan Powell 8-yard run as time ran out in the fourth quarter. With four games left, Steamboat turns its attention to Battle Mountain. If the team wants to keep pace with Western Slope League leaders Palisade and Glenwood Springs, Friday’s 7 p.m. home game is a must win.

“Our main goal was to come out, be focused and win the game,” said Hinder, who had 115 yards on seven carries to go along with a couple of touchdowns. “This was a good game to practice to get better.”

Game statistics

Steamboat Rifle

12 First Downs 15

29-263 Rushes-Yards 45-94

5-10-1 Comp-Att-Int 9-26-3

47 Yards Passing 110

310 Total Yards 204

3-21 Punts-Avg. 3-39

4-0 Fumbles-lost 4-0

10-95 Penalties-Yards 13-95


Steamboat: 13-12-00-07-32

Rifle: 00-00-00-07-07


First Quarter

S: 11:48, Austin Hinder 65 run. (Jasper Gantick kick).

S: 1:57, Hinder 19 run. (Kick fail).

Second Quarter

S: 11:53, Dylan Pivarnik 11 pass from Hinder. (Run fail).

S: 8:32, Fraser Egan 3 run. (Pass fail).

Third Quarter


Fourth Quarter

S: 11:08, Eric Bonner 4 run. (Grant McCannon kick).

R: 0:00, Logan Powell 8 run. (Joe Burgess kick).



S: Hinder 7-115, 2 TD; Joe Dover 4-28; Egan 12-114, 1 TD; Bonner 3-15, 1 TD; Michael Savory 2-(-10); Dustin Siegiel 1-1.

R: Dano Fugita 16-65; James Martinez 6-5; Joe Burgess 1-2; Powell 12-22, 1 TD; Ryan Rebhan 5-(-30); Tyrel Lenard 4-25; Derek Kassak 1-5.


S: Hinder 4-8-1, 51 yards, 1 TD; Savory 1-2-0, minus-4 yards.

R: Rebhan 4-8-2, 42 yards; Powell 5-17-1, 68 yards; Fugita 0-1-0.


S: Dover 1-11; Pivarnik 1-11, 1 TD; Bonner 1-11; Harris 1-18; Siegiel 1-(-4).

R: Burgess 2-31; Jacob Patrick 2-36; Fugita 3-34; Martinez 1-4; Lenard 1-5.

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