I am still really astonished that Eagle Valley football won the turnover battle, 4-0, Friday night and still lost to Delta, 25-21. I guarantee you if coach John Ramunno heard before the game that his Devils would not commit a turnover and be plus-four in that department, he would taken it gladly and counted that as a win.
Heck, people, you watched the Broncos-Falcons game on Monday night and saw Denver commit four turnovers. That's why Atlanta won.
That is the takeaway from Friday's game, as much of a bummer as it was. Keep producing turnovers like that, and you're good to go at Hot Stuff this week when Arvada comes calling Friday at 7 p.m.
The 800-pound gorilla in the room remains pass defense. The visiting Bulldogs are a passing offense. Quarterback John Martinez has completed 50-of-75 passes for 823 yards with 11 touchdowns and five interceptions in Arvada's first three games, all wins.
Eagle Valley's defense got to Delta QB Mitch Whiteside a few times last week. It has to be more. You want Martinez to be hearing footsteps. The Eagle Valley secondary needs to stick to Arvada receivers like glue.
This is not just for this week. Everybody in the 3A Slope has a returning quarterback except Battle Mountain, including your own Jordon Hudspeth. Moffat County - the very definition of a three-yards-and-a-cloud-of-dust offense - is even throwing the ball a bit.
You've got to close this down, boys.
Other news and notes from the preps world:
• OK, I lied - but only a little. Rifle's thrown only 14 passes this year. That's because Bears running back Ryan Moeller has already run for 992 yards in three games. Under the category of "holy cow," he's averaging 330 yards per game and 14.17 yards per carry. That, boys and girls, is why Da Bears are atop the 3A Denver Post Poll. Moeller, according to The Denver Post, surprisingly isn't getting any Division I offers. (Yo, CU, as swimmingly as your season has gone, maybe a phone call is in order.)
• Another nice stat is five. That's the number of goals allowed by Battle Mountain soccer, and that number is bit inflated by giving up three against Rifle on Tuesday with an injury depleted defense. (In a moment of brilliant sports analysis, It's OK to give up three when you score nine.) Let's make five the new goal (or lack thereof). Huskies soccer, let's see if you can go the rest of the regular season (nine games) without allowing more than five goals total.
This is not an arbitrary number, people. The 2009 edition of Battle Mountain soccer allowed only nine goals in 15 regular season games. The good news for the 2012 squad is that is you have a better offense than that team. (The sound you just heard was Huskies coach David Cope just nodding in agreement.)
• Huskies soccer at Eagle Valley tonight. If there were a line set by Vegas, Battle Mountain's the favorite. That said, the streak has to end sometime - the Huskies are undefeated against the Devils since 1999. I do think Eagle Valley is making progress. The Devils have beaten Glenwood Springs and Rifle and have been in games against Steamboat Springs and Summit County. This will be a good team the second go-round in the Slope.
• Rivalry streaks, part I - Eagle Valley volleyball has won its past six regular-season meetings, plus a few at districts back in the day districts existed. It's Devils at Huskies in the gym in Edwards Saturday at 1 p.m. Aside from the rivalry aspect - which is ginormous in itself - the Huskies need to show they can beat some serious teams, starting with Glenwood Springs tonight. So far, it's been a light schedule. (Don't get me wrong, I like seeing the local schools playing each other, but 4A Battle Mountain beating 2A Vail Mountain doesn't tell me much about the Huskies.)
Eagle Valley volleyball coach Shawn Weatherred won't use it as an excuse - and he is to be applauded for it - but I'll say it. The schedule has been a bear for Eagle Valley. You can't practice for a month and then go into league play without nonconference games. It just doesn't work. Eagle Valley's going to start winning soon.
• Rivalry streaks, part II - Vail Christian volleyball had a three-year run against the Vail Mountain School until the Gore Rangers turned the tables Tuesday. Congrats.
• And kudos to the state-golfing five - Robby Bowles, Cooper Gould, Tony Clark, Parker Poage and Harrison Alonzo.
Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934 or firstname.lastname@example.org.