Cedaredge 34, Steamboat 26
The Steamboat Sailors lost an 11-point lead in the third quarter to fall to the Cedaredge Bruins, 34-26.
The Sailors held an 18-15 lead over the the Bruins at halftime behind key performances from senior Austin Ban and junior Tanner Raper.
Ban kicked it off with a rushing touchdown in the first quarter. Raper added a touchdown reception and kickoff return for a touchdown in the second quarter.
Going into the third quarter, the Sailors extended the lead to 11points, forcing a 3 and out and capitalizing on a drive for a touchdown and 2-point conversion for a 26-15 lead.
But the Bruins stayed too close for comfort, adding three touchdowns in the fourth quarter for a 34-26 victory.
“It was a game we felt well and outplayed them for three quarters,” Sailors head coach Shawn Baumgartner said. “It’s one of those where it’s a close game, and we have to learn, when we get an opportunity, we have to put the game away instead of letting them hang in there.”
Soroco 60, Sangre de Cristo 20
Soroco High School led Sangre de Cristo by 38 points in the first quarter, then 54 by halftime Saturday, Sept. 1. Despite the Thunderbirds second-half passing game, the Rams continued to take ownership of the field for a final 60-20 score over the Thunderbirds.
The Rams were without two members of the offensive line due to a state shooting competition for 4-H, but juniors Tristan Singer and Christian Kovach and sophomore Chase Delomater held up against a line that outweighed them in size.
Senior Jace Logan rushed for three touchdowns, junior Jesse Koler rushed for two touchdowns and added the one touchdown reception for the Rams. Senior Jesse Amrein added a pair of rushing touchdowns, and sophomore Cody Logan also made a trip to the endzone.
Despite the dominate win, the Rams had more than 100 yards called back on holding calls, and pass defense continued to be a weakness.
“That’s [passing] how they scored against us in the second half,” head coach Dick Dudas said. “We’ll be working that pretty hard and continue our goal each week to improve. We’re young in a lot of positions, and we have a lot to learn. But, as long as we keep improving every week, we get closer to our goal of excellence.”
Steamboat volleyball goes 2-2
The Steamboat Springs High School volleyball team went 2-2 on a weekend of travel.
On Friday, Aug. 31, the Sailors lost to Alamosa in a close best two out of three match 21-25, 25-21, 15-17. They’d follow up with a win against Peak to Peak 25-15, 25-8.
On Saturday, Sept. 1, Steamboat battled out another close loss with Coal Ridge, 25-18, 18-25, 11-15. A victory against Littleton in straight sets, 25-16, 25-20 closed out the weekend for the Sailors.
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