Sailor football edges Glenwood Springs in finale
November 6, 2015
Steamboat Springs — Classy.
That's how Steamboat Springs High School football coach Lonn Clementson described his senior class, a dedicated group of kids who never gave up on themselves or their teammates.
"I'm really proud of the entire team, but I'm especially proud of our seniors," Clementson said. "I just think that they created an atmosphere to allow the team to be successful for the last two games and really get better for the whole year."
The Sailors finished out the season Friday in cold and wet Glenwood Springs, earning a 14-9 victory to end the year 4-6 overall. After losing five straight games through the heart of the season and dropping to 2-6, SSHS won its final two games, including last week's 38-0 victory over Summit on senior night.
The season finale against Glenwood wasn't decided until late, though the Sailors had control of the helm most of the second half.
"Our kids played really, really hard tonight," Clementson said. "We did have a good night defensively, but we had a good night offensively and on special teams, as well."
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The Demons led 3-0 after the first quarter as the Steamboat offense struggled early on. But the Sailors finally found some rhythm, set up by a strong defense, and senior quarterback Zach Holm scored on a 1-yard run with barely a minute to play in the second quarter to give SSHS a 7-3 halftime lead.
Midway through the third quarter, Holm found senior receiver Chris Kaminski on a 41-yard completion. That set up a 2-yard Holm touchdown run on the next play and gave SSHS a 14-3 advantage.
"I thought we moved the ball really well tonight, offensively,” Glenwood coach Rocky Whitworth said. “We were awesome at times, but we struggled with turnovers.”
Glenwood Springs did get one score back, a 24-yard TD pass and failed 2-point conversion, making it 14-9 with a little more than a minute to play in the game. The Demons went for the ensuing onside kick, but Steamboat recovered and ended the night with a couple of kneels.
"They played tough. They are really well coached, and we knew it would be a tough game," Clementson said of Glenwood. "We are really ecstatic, really happy about getting this win. Our seniors are going out on a winning note, and they are all winners in our book."
Glenwood Springs finished the season 1-9.
Joshua Carney of the Glenwood Springs Post Independent contributed to this story.
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