EDWARDS — Anyone remember the last time Battle Mountain football had a pick-six?
Anyone? Bueller? Bueller?
And so the Huskies’ Noah Shamis streaked down the east sideline 92 yards for a touchdown after picking off Middle Park quarterback Dalton Tucker, starting Battle Mountain on its way to a 58-0 win over the Panthers.
And with that the Huskies snapped a 21-game losing streak, dating back to Week 10 of the 2011 season. And there was much rejoicing.
It was Battle Mountain’s first shutout since that same game in 2011. And there was much rejoicing.
It was also a successful debut for Battle Mountain coach Kevin Meyer. He’s the first Huskies football coach to start with a win since Scott Wiedeman did so in 1997. And there was much rejoicing.
Class 1A Middle Park did not provide much opposition, but, on the other hand, neither had Battle Mountain for the past two years.
Battle Mountain scored just 47 points all of last season — its high in a single game was 16 — and had 20 on the board after the first quarter on Friday.
Middle Park had the ball deep in Huskies territory after a Battle Mountain fumble on its first possession. After a group sack of Tucker, that set up a third-and-13 for Middle Park. Tucker looked like he threw it into triple coverage and out came Shamis with the ball and the Huskies’ first touchdown of the year. (Battle Mountain didn’t score a touchdown until Week 5 last year, so this would be much better.)
The Huskies got their first offensive touchdown, thanks to quarterback Demetrius Parrish. The 50-yard drive was Parrish for 40 yards and then 10.
In one of many big plays by the Battle Mountain defense, Sam Carlson and Anthony Romero came up with a fumble on the Panthers’ 2. Parrish to Owen Riley, one play later, made it 20-0 after the first quarter.
In the second quarter, the Huskies defense continued to smother Middle Park, giving the Battle Mountain offense excellent field position. The Huskies started on the Panthers’ 30, and three plays later, Parrish danced into the end zone from 12 yards out.
The Huskies still have the leg of Chase Keep and he showed it off with a 36-yard field goal with 8:37 left in the half. Cas Sheridan, who did a lot of good work on defense, got an offensive reward in the form of a 60-yard touchdown dash down the right side to wrap the half.
At the half, senior Tanner Crisofulli took the ALS ice bucket challenge and called out Dean of Students Jason Spannagel.
Midway through the third quarter, Sheridan rumbled 31 yards, setting up Wyatt Harwood for a 9-yard scoring scamper. That made it 43-0, and the Huskies were on the right end of the running clock rule. (This is a delightful irony for Battle Mountain fans.)
Jon Rulon got an interception late in the third and the Huskies turned that into another trip to the house. This time it was Parrish to Riley for 4 yards, and Battle Mountain led 50-0.
The road gets tougher next week as the Huskies head down to Gypsum for their annual tilt with Eagle Valley. While this is a nonconference game with Battle Mountain in the 2A Slope North and the Devils still in the 3A Slope, it will doubtless be a big one, nonetheless. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. on Friday at Hot Stuff Stadium.
Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934, firstname.lastname@example.org and @cfreud.