Steamboat Springs football blast past Buena Vista, 58-13 |

Steamboat Springs football blast past Buena Vista, 58-13

Luke Graham

Steamboat Springs High School senior Jack Verploeg pulls in a touchdown pass during the second quarter of Steamboat's Friday night blowout win against Buena Vista High School.

— Like a snowball rolling down a hill, the Steamboat Springs High School football team is nearly impossible to stop when it gets going.

Steamboat found that momentum and rhythm early, kept building it up and turned Friday’s game against Buena Vista into a complete 58-13 avalanche.

No matter where people look, they’ll find something Steamboat dominated in Friday’s game.

Buena Vista had eight first-half possessions and came away with four three-and-outs, three turnovers and a turnover on downs.

Offensively, Steamboat scored touchdowns on eight of its first nine possessions. In the only possession where Steamboat didn’t score, the team took a knee at the end of the first half at the Buena Vista 1-yard line.

Steamboat built a 51-0 lead at halftime and on its scoring drives averaged 3.8 plays that took just 1 minute, 9 seconds off the clock.

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“It doesn’t seem to matter what we call offensively,” Steamboat coach Aaron Finch said.

It certainly didn’t.

From the Demons’ very first possession, a three-and-out, the Sailors dominated. It started with two Keenan Starbuck stops on Buena Vista’s first drive and went from there.

“We have to prepare for that,” Starbuck said. “We were trying to get a fast start. We were trying to get the momentum going. That started from the first snap of the game.”

From there, the Steamboat defense smothered Buena Vista. The Sailors allowed 23 total yards in the first half, including minus-29 rushing.

Offensively, Finch was like a child with a new box of crayons. Any color he picked seemed to be his favorite.

Quarterback Austin Hinder threw touchdowns to Bryce Mayo, Joe Dover and Jack Verploeg. Rushing, Dover had two touchdowns, and Hinder, Connor Landusky and Dylan Pivarnik had one in building that 51-0 lead.

Buena Vista’s Josh Graner and Dakota Johnson bookended rushing touchdowns in the second half around a 9-yard scamper by Steamboat junior Michael Savory to come away with the result.

“We’re feeling pretty good,” Pivarnik said. “We have a lot of weapons in the passing and running game. We have a lot of guys that can do a lot of good things, and we’re starting to get in a groove defensively, as well.”

That’s an understatement. After beating Palisade, 28-21, in early September, Steamboat has beaten its last four opponents by a combined score of 195-48.

But now comes what could be Steamboat’s biggest test.

The team travels to Glenwood on Friday for a game against the defending state champions. The winner of the game also will be able to stake claim to a Western Slope League championship and probably a top three seed in the Class 3A playoffs.

“They’re well-coached, they have tradition and it’s a real football game,” Finch said. “We have to elevate ourselves. I’m glad to have this game going into the playoffs.”

Game statistics

Buena Vista Steamboat Springs

5 First Downs 14

27-86 Rushes-Yards 28-333

2-9-3 Comp-Att-Int 10-16-0

52 Yards Passing 148

138 Total Yards 481

5-33 Punts-Avg. 0-0

1-1 Fumbles-lost 6-1

6-36 Penalties-Yards 6-60


Buena Vista 00-00-06-07-13

Steamboat 26-25-07-00-58


First Quarter

SS – 9:40, Joe Dover 35 run. (Pete Schuette kick)

SS – 7:11, Austin Hinder 64 run. (kick fail)

SS – 4:35, Dover 39 run. (Schuette kick)

SS – 0:21, Bryce Mayo 12 pass from Hinder. (kick fail)

Second Quarter

SS – 8:29, Connor Landusky 1 run. (kick fail)

SS – 7:48, Dover 22 pass from Hinder. (pass fail)

SS – 3:18, Jack Verploeg 1 pass from Hinder. (Lucas Stover kick)

SS – 1:32, Dylan Pivarnik 2 run. (kick fail)

Third Quarter

BV- 8:13, Josh Graner 10 run. (kick fail)

SS – 2:06, Michael Savory 9 run. (Stover kick)

Fourth Quarter

BV – 6:38, Dakota Johnson 68 run. (kick good)



BV: Tim Allen 5-4; Cody Troudt 7-(-20); Johnson 12-89, 1 TD; Graner 3-13, 1 TD.

SS: Dover 4-107, 2 TD; Hinder 2-63, 1 TD; Connor Landusky 9-34, 1 TD; Pivarnik 3-16, 1 TD; Evan Hornstein 3-45; Savory 4-54, 1 TD; Tyler Samlowski 3-14.


BV: Troudt 2-8-2, 52 yards; Hayden Collins 0-1-1.

SS: Hinder 10-16-0, 148 yards, 3 TD.


BV: Graner 1-23; Corbin Bennetts 1-29.

SS: Jack Spady 1-21; Dover 2-35, 1 TD; Jack Verploeg 2-13, 1 TD; Dylan Pivarnik 2-49; Bryce Mayo 3-30, 1 TD.

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