Friday, October 12, 2001
Craig It might have been Moffat County who put on the fireworks display before starting its homecoming game, but it was Steamboat's Joey Marias who sparked four touchdowns for a 29-8 win.
With Marias rushing for over 200 yards and a tenacious defense, the undefeated Sailors proved too much for the 2-5 Bulldogs as they rolled to their seventh-straight victory.
"It was a tough game for us," Bulldogs coach John Haddan said. "We had no answer for No. 34 (Marias). That kid is tough to stop."
The Sailors got on the board on their first drive of the game with a halfback pass from Marias to Cory Beck in the end zone.
At the 6:22-mark in the first half, quarterback Tanner Barr handed off to Marias who threw the 11-yard pass to Beck.
With three interceptions, one fumble recovery and two Bulldogs' drives stopped short of the goal line, it was a strong Sailors' defense that kept the Bulldogs to one goal.
"It was a great defensive stand. The defense did outstanding. They got a heck of a quarterback in there. (We) had to buckle down," Sailors coach Mark Drake said.
The Sailors sealed the victory in the final three minutes of the game when Marias took the ball in for an 8-yard touchdown to put the Sailors up 29-8.
The Sailors defense made sure that the Bulldogs would not score again when Joel Adams intercepted a Bulldogs' pass at the 18-yard line.
After a Marias fumble at the 19-yard line and a recovery by the Bulldogs' Mike Charchalis, the Sailors got the ball back again when Beck intercepted the ball with three seconds left on the clock.
"That's been the story of our season," Haddan said.
"Offensively, we shoot ourselves in the foot."
The ball game was a lot closer going into halftime.
After the Sailors found the scoreboard first, the Bulldogs responded in the second half with a one-yard touchdown and a two-point conversion by quarterback Charchalis.
That put the Bulldogs ahead 8-7.
The Sailors used the next four-and-a-half-minutes to drive the ball down the field before Marias found his way into the end zone on an 11-yard run.
Barr held onto the ball for a two-point conversion.
"The kids established themselves early. I'm really proud of them," Drake said.
The Sailors made sure they went into halftime ahead as they stopped the Bulldogs from scoring deep into their territory.
With under a minute left in the first half, defensive back Zach Forcum tipped a pass intended for John Counts in the end zone.
On the next play, it was defensive end Ray Banning who made a tip to stop a Bulldogs' offensive drive on fourth down.
"It was like our second homecoming," Forcum said.
"We tried to take it as a homecoming game and really step it up."
In the third quarter, it was a 41-yard pass from Barr to Joe Liefer that set the Sailors up for Marias' third touchdown of the night.
Marias took it in for a two-yard score.