Steamboat shuts down Glenwood’s game, 31-6 |

Steamboat shuts down Glenwood’s game, 31-6

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS – In a game that pitted finesse against physicality, the Steamboat Springs Sailors proved why they are one of the top teams in Class 3A. Steamboat limited the high-powered Glenwood springs team to only 261 yards, including just 78 in the first half in a 31-6 victory Friday night. “I thought we played pretty well last week, but this was beautiful,” Sailors head coach Aaron Finch said. “I am so proud of the guys. They just responded to the challenge and played so well.”From the get-go, the Sailors (7-1, 5-1 in league play) showed why they’re one of the premier teams in the Western Slope League. Running back Jay Hanley scored from 58-yards out on the third play of the game. After Glenwood (4-4, 3-3) failed to convert on fourth and three, the Sailors put together a 14-play, 71-yard drive that took up more than eight minutes of the clock. Hanley capped off the drive with his second touchdown of the game, this time from 18-yards out. “They had a mission tonight,” Demon head coach Rocky Whitworth said. “They needed to play well, they had most of their players back and they came out and did everything right.”The Demons could seemingly do nothing right. After their first drive covered 63 yards, the quick strike offense only gained 17 yards of offense the rest of the half. Quarterback Dakota Stonehouse, who came into the game with more than 1,400 yards passing and 15 touchdown passes, completed only 2-of-12 passes for 20 yards in the first half. “They were so much more physical than we were,” Whitworth said. “Offensively they just manned us up physically and took away and covered our receivers well and pressured well. It was all on them.”The Sailors dominance didn’t stop in the first half. After Stonehouse fumbled on the first play of the second half, the Sailors capitalized on a 39-yard field goal by Ben DeLine to put the Sailors up 17-0. On Steamboat’s next possession quarterback Tanner Stillwell faked to Hanley and scooted around the right side for a 19-yard touchdown run. “To run the ball the way we did is just a testament to what the (offensive line) has done starting with last June in camp, said Finch, whose Sailors rushed for 273 yards on 50 attempts. “All offseason – lifting weights – just getting ready and getting to this point (Friday), just shows that they really responded well to want we want to do”Late in the fourth quarter, the Demons got on the board when Stonehouse hooked up with David King on a 51-yard touchdown pass to make it 24-6. Then any hopes of a fourth quarter comeback were squashed when on the next Sailor possession, Stillwell dumped the ball off to Nigel Hammond, who juked a defender and ran in from 15 yards out to put the Sailors up for good, 31-6. “Before the game, what we talked about is that we are a bigger, stronger team than them,” Finch said. “That’s are biggest asset in this game. I said, ‘Lets go out and use it.’ We were able to get more pressure on (Stonehouse) than any of the two games we watched on film.”Coming into the game, both teams were sitting in a position to be one of the four Western Slope teams to make the playoffs. The Sailors, depending on other games played Friday night, may have clinched a birth in the playoffs with the win. For the Demons, Friday’s loss leaves them in a dog fight the next couple of weeks to get into the Class 3A playoffs.”We have to really find that happy medium of being the skilled type offense but then we have to know it’s football,” Whitworth said. “We have to wear helmets and shoulder pads and be physical too. So we just can’t get away from that. That’s where we really need to step it up.”

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