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Steamboat looks to keep streak alive against Huskies

Steamboat Springs High School football coach Lonn Clementson works on special teams with his squad on Thursday. The team opens its season Friday on the road at Battle Mountain.
Joel Reichenberger

— The Steamboat Springs High School football team has beaten Battle Mountain each of the past four seasons, but it’s rarely been easy. Last year’s win, in Steamboat, came only after the Huskies turned the ball over six times, including on the decisive play, an interception in the end zone.

It’s with those close games in mind that Steamboat travels to Edwards on Friday to open its season.

“It’s really evenly matched, and they’re hungry to get one from us, because it’s been awhile,” Sailors coach Lonn Clementson said. “We feel like they’ll be very well prepared for us.”

Clementson doesn’t have much of an idea what to expect from the Huskies, and he’s well aware they don’t have much of idea what to expect from his squad.

No one really does.

Steamboat will have a different look this season at some key positions, including quarterback, where Nate Roach will step in for the team. His twin brother, Zach Roach, — they’re both juniors — will line up at receiver.

Clementson said the quarterback Roach throws a “beautiful ball” and has shown himself ready for the spotlight.

“We’re really quite excited about the new faces we have,” he said.

He was referring to more than just the Roach brothers. Senior linebacker Colton Pasternak is back out this season for the first time since he was a freshman.

The team will look for leadership from a trio of senior captains. Charlie Herrington, the vocal one of the bunch, will play at offensive line and middle linebacker. Jake Huselton will also play on the line, and Matthew Hansen returns at running back.

Hansen will have big shoes to try to fill there. The team graduated the tandem of Joe Deline and Zach Holm. With Deline at running back and Holm under center for much of the season, the pair combined to run for nearly 1,000 yards and score 10 touchdowns on the ground.

“The team chemistry that’s been created is the perfect environment for success,” Clementson said.

To reach Joel Reichenberger, call 970-871-4253, email jreichenberger@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @JReich9


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