Steamboat football no match for Basalt
September 30, 2017
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — The Basalt High School football team, ranked No. 10 in Class 2A, is aiming to land a solid playoff seed and win the Western Slope League for the second consecutive season.
The Steamboat Springs High School football team, 0-4 heading into Saturday's game, aims to win once or twice this season.
The Sailors own ambitions didn't make for much of a speed bump Saturday as Basalt took another step in its own plan. The Longhorns racked up a big lead early, took advantage of turnovers throughout and went on to win in Steamboat Springs 48-0.
"We just have to stay together and rally back as a team," Steamboat coach Shawn Baumgartner said. "At this point in the season, that's one where you can either start to fall apart or you can pull back together and unite as a team."
Baumgartner said it's about keeping his team engaged. Trailing 41-0 at halftime, he encouraged his athletes to play with pride as they took the field in the second half. Indeed, the chance to win or be competitive had already come and gone in the first moments of the game itself.
The Sailors had six turnovers on the day and three came in the first 10 minutes of the first quarter. The first, an opening drive interception, set up Basalt's first touchdown. Longhorns running back Noah Williams dove in with that one, one of four he'd score on the day.
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Colin Hipona ran in for the second touchdown, and Goskany Luquin scored for Basalt on defense to make it 20-0. That touchdown came on the second turnover, one of three Steamboat snaps that went over the quarterback's head in the first quarter. Steamboat won a race to two of the three loose balls, but Luquin fell on the other in the endzone.
Williams scored again on Basalt's next possession on the fourth place of the drive, rushing in from 25 yards out. Steamboat then fumbled the ensuing kickoff and Williams scored yet again, this time on the first play, rumbling 21 yards to make it 34-0 with 2 minutes, 38 seconds remaining in the first quarter.
The running clock — which starts with a lead of 40 points — became official early in the second quarter when Hipona scored again, this time with a two-yard run.
"It was disappointing giving up the big plays," Baumgartner said. "A team like that, they're going to score their points, but you have to make them earn them."
The light at the end of the tunnel for Steamboat is the competition doesn't get more difficult, at least not right away. Next up on the schedule is a trip Friday to play at Roaring Fork, 0-5 this season and on the wrong end of a 61-6 game against Moffat County this week.