Looking ahead: Steamboat football putting pieces together for road rivalry
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — In a game that was originally scheduled to be played at home, the Steamboat Springs High School football team will travel to Craig to take on Moffat County High School at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7.
In advance of that match-up, Sailors head coach Shawn Baumgartner split up the offense into groups at practice on Wednesday.
He started with the quarterbacks, instructing senior Drew Bowers and junior Diego Effinger on their passing footwork. As the quarterbacks progressed through the drill, they worked their way up from taking the snap and backing up with a three-step motion, to actually throwing the ball a few reps later.
Then, they added handoffs, mixed it up with some counters and pitches, while the wide receivers worked on catching passes from coaches on the other side of the field. The defense arrived from the practice fields down below to put the pieces together for scrimmage plays.
First running, then passing.
Piece by piece, Baumgartner picked apart each play with precision, having the Sailors run them until they looked just right.
“I told the kids when we watched film on Monday that to take it to the next level we’ve really got to knit the tiny things,” Baumgartner said. “We’ve got to get our running game going again. We established our running game against Manual. We did a good job in the passing game against Cedaredge, but if we get that running game going, that opens some things up for us.”
Against Cedaredge, Effinger went three for nine for 90 yards passing, including one touchdown connection with junior Tanner Raper. The team rushed for a total of 205 yards against Manual, but only 12 against Cedaredge, which is why Baumgartner focused heavily on the run game during practice.
So far, sophomore Finn Russell leads the team with 105 yards rushing on 20 carries and one touchdown. Senior Austin Ban is next with 71 yards on 27 carries, which includes four rushing touchdowns. Effinger also has the one rushing touchdown.
Moffat County has a multi-faceted offense behind senior quarterback Colby Beaver, who went seven for 14 for 164 yards and three touchdowns in a 40-7 win over Summit last week. Bulldog junior Kevin Hernandez also rushed for 130 yards on 10 carries for two touchdowns.
“Their quarterback is really good,” Baumgartner said. “He can throw the ball, too. He can really spread the field, both horizontal and vertical, and puts the defense in tough situations. We’ve got to keep them contained.”
• Soroco High School football (2-0) is on the road at Justice (0-1) on Saturday, Sept. 8. Justice will be looking to come back after a 52-26 loss to Hayden High School but does have strong potential in the passing game, which has been Soroco’s weakness so far this season. The Rams are led by a strong ground game in senior Jace Logan and junior Jesse Koler — both scored three touchdowns against Sangre de Cristo. Senior Jesse Amrein also had two rushing touchdowns in the 60-20 victory
• Hayden football (1-0) travels to Simla High School (1-0) for its second game of the season at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7. The Tigers saw much success behind senior running back Daylon Frentress, junior quarterback Reese Kern and senior Patrick Hunter last weekend against Justice. Frentress had four touchdowns against Justice, while Hunter added two, and Kern recorded one.
• Steamboat volleyball (3-2) travels to Longmont for the Silver Creek Tournament on Saturday. The Sailors will take on some of Class 4A’s best, including Coronado and the Classical Academy. The Sailors currently hold a 3-2 record after a 2-2 performance at the Glenwood Springs Tournament and a three-set sweep of Moffat County on Aug. 23. Seniors Sarah Heckel and Anna Allsberry have commanded the front row. Heckel leads the team with 10 total blocks, and Allsberry has racked up 31 kills. Senior Katelyn Kline has led the back row with 30 digs so far this season.
• Soroco volleyball (3-3) takes on DeBeque on Friday, Sept. 7 and Vail Christian on Saturday, Sept. 8. The Rams enjoyed a 3-2 match victory over Hayden on Aug. 28 before dropping two matches to Lake County and Vail Mountain. The Rams boast a lot of youth on their team. Sophomore McKinley Parker leads the Rams with 32 kills so far this season, freshman Peyton Parker has 28, and freshman Sophie Benjamin has 26. Junior Tyla Johnson leads the team with 22 total blocks, and senior Katie Olinger leads the back line with 62 digs.
• Hayden volleyball (3-2) will enjoy a weekend of travel at Little Snake River on Friday, Sept. 7 and Hotchkiss on Saturday, Sept. 8. Hayden lost a close match, 19-25, 25-17, 13-15, with Hotchkiss on Aug. 31 and will seek redemption this weekend. Sophomore Gracie Day leads the team with 14 kills with Joey Deckler a close second at 11 and five blocks. Day also boasts a team-high 26 digs.
• The Steamboat cross country team will race at Heritage on Saturday, Sept. 8. Maggi Congdon opened up the cross country season with a first-place time of 20 minutes and 42 seconds at the Husky Invitational at Battle Mountain in Vail on Saturday, Sept. 1, leading the girls’ team to third overall. The boys team placed 12th out of 22 teams behind Sumner Cotton’s 22nd playing with a time of 19:28.
• Soroco cross country will travel to Saint Vrain for a meet at 8:15 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 8.
• Steamboat soccer (2-0) lines up against No. 2 Centaurus (3-0) at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 8 at Dudley Field. Daniel Lopez currently leads the Sailors with four goals and senior Murphy Bohlmann is next in line with three. Senior Riley Moore, a new addition to the team this year, has two goals and five assists so far this season. Juan Campoverde has stayed strong in goal with 11 saves.
• The Steamboat boys tennis team will compete in the Western Slope Tournament on Friday, Sept. 7 in Grand Junction. Steamboat freshman Andy Schuiling has been a rising star for the team in recent competition, going undefeated in the Loveland tournament on Friday, Aug. 31 against opponents from Poudre High School and Fort Collins. His only loss on the week came at Regis Jesuit, a Class 5A favorite to win state, against Morgan Schilling, 6-4, 7-5, on Aug. 30. Steamboat fell as a team to Jesuit 7-0, Poudre 4-3 and Fort Collins 5-2.
• Steamboat golf hopes to continue recent success in its home tournament on Thursday, Sept. 6 at Haymaker Golf Course. The team of sophomore Ollie Rotermund, senior Zach Walsh, senior Colton Sankey, senior Jack Rotermund and freshman Travis Seitz took first at Black Canyon Golf Course in Montrose behind Ollie Rotermund’s third place overall, even-par 70 on Aug. 22. The team of Tommy Henninger, Jack Thompson, Ryan McNamara and Caleb Anderson took first place overall at the Rifle Bears Home Invitational on Aug. 28.
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