Friday, September 21, 2001
Glenwood Springs With Glenwood up 7-6 at the top of the second quarter, it looked as if Steamboat Springs might have a tough league opener on its hands. But the Sailors unleashed their offensive fury in the third quarter to blow away the Demons 43-13 and improve to 1-0 in the Western Slope League.
Coming off the first half leading 19-7, the Sailors came out in the third quarter to explode for 21 points.
"We opened with a league victory right off. We needed that," Sailors coach Mark Drake said. "I'm really pleased with the kids tonight."
The Sailors' offensive weapon was the ground game. They amassed 430 yards rushing to overpower the Demons. Quarterback Tanner Barr and running back Joey Marias both broke the 100-yard mark and scored two touchdowns apiece.
Marias got the offensive fireworks booming in the third quarter when he took a 51-yard run up the left side to score a touchdown less than a minute into the half. He followed the touchdown with another at the 2:48 mark.
Marias' five-yard run into the endzone was preceded by a drive from the Sailors' 30-yard line that consisted of strong rushing and a 35-yard pass from Barr to Cory Beck.
"The offense was good," Drake said. "They had those long sustained drives."
Marias' second touchdown was followed by a 27-yard run by Joe Liefer just 46 seconds later. Liefer took it in on a reverse play after the Demons failed to complete a fourth down.
Barr, who finished the night as the Sailors' leading rusher with 115 yards, gave the credit to his offensive line.
"I'm glad the line stepped it up, they were really up from last week," Barr said.
"They did a great job. They gave runningbacks time to open up the field and make the move."
Offensive lineman Steve Mahosky said there was an increased intensity on the field.
"There was a lot more intensity, more aggressiveness, more thought in play," he said.
Marias finished with 114 yards and sophomore Tim Higbee ended the night with 73 yards rushing.
The Demons made things uncomfortable at the beginning of the second quarter when they notched seven points on the board. The touchdown came when Sailor Jeff Franks attempted to punt from his 18-yard line.
With a blocked punt, the Demons' Tony Campagna was able to pick up the loose ball and take it in for a touchdown.
Next up for Steamboat Springs is a showdown at home with Palisade. Palisade got by Delta on Friday, pulling off a 31-26 victory.