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Offense runs dry in second half as Bears fall at Steamboat

***FINAL SCORE UNAVAILABLE AT TIME OF TRANSMISSION. SAILORS WERE WINNING 35-27 AT THE END OF THE 3RD QUARTER***
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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

SCORING SUMMARY

First quarter

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

Second quarter

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

Third quarter

SS ” Hanley 14 run (DeLine kick), 3:39

Fourth quarter

SS ” Hanley 9 run (DeLine kick), 8:56

STAT LEADERS

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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