Offense runs dry in second half as Bears fall at Steamboat
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS ” Steamboat’s Jay Hanley scored three rushing touchdowns, Joe Dover added two more as the Sailors rolled up more than 300 yards rushing in Friday’s 42-27 win against Rifle at Gardner Field in Steamboat Springs.
After both teams put on an offensive clinic in the first half ” the teams combined for 551 yards of total offense in the first half ” two fumbles thwarted the Rifle attack in the second half.
Hazen Moss led the Bears on the ground and through the air. The senior quarterback finished the game 9-of-18 for 194 yards and two TDs, while adding a TD and 89 yards on the ground.
After Steamboat opened up a 21-7 lead, Rifle scored 20 points in the second quarter thanks in large part to Moss.
Brian Key cut the Steamboat lead to 21-13 with a 3-yard plunge.
The Bears then bookended TD passes around a Steamboat score to go into the half down 28-27.
But, after holding Steamboat to a three-and-out on the Sailors first possession of the second half, the Bears offense couldn’t find its first-half rhythm. On Rifle’s four second-half possessions, the Bears had three drives end in turnovers and another end in a three-and-out.
The loss leaves Rifle at 5-4 overall and 4-3 in Class 3A Western Slope League play. The Bears head into the final week of the season as the No. 4 seed out of the Western Slope League. In 2004 and 2005, the Bears advanced to the state finals as the No. 4 seed from the WSL. Rifle won a state title in 2004.
At Steamboat Springs
Rifle 7 20 0 0 ” 27
Steamboat 14 14 7 7 ” 42
R ” Hazen Moss 1 run (Scott Rust kick), 6:44
SS ” Alex Wood 14 pass from Austin Hinder (Ben DeLine kick), 5:32
SS ” Joe Dover 3 run (DeLine kick), 0:11
SS ” Jay Hanley 5 run (DeLine kick), 11:17
R ” Brian Key 3 run (Kick fail), 8:09
R ” Dano Fugita 34 pass from Moss (Rust kick), 7:50
SS ” Dover 53 run. (DeLine kick), 6:28
R ” Drew Blatchford 4 pass from Moss (Rust kick), 4:01
SS ” Hanley 14 run (DeLine kick), 3:39
SS ” Hanley 9 run (DeLine kick), 8:56
PASSING ” Rifle, Moss 9-17-1-194, 2 TDs
RUSHING ” Rifle, Moss 12-81, TD; Tyler Chapman 10-68; Brian Key 5-19, TD.
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