EDWARDS — Battle Mountain football Steve Greve is candid.
“This is not a blue-ribbon team,” he says.
The Huskies are aware that no one in the Slope thinks that they’ll do much, and, if they had seen the movie “Gone with the Wind,” they would say, “Frankly, my dear, we don’t give damn.”
Battle Mountain football plans on overcoming all the obstacles ahead in 2013 with hard work and enthusiasm. That starts with a road game Friday at D’Evelyn.
“The kids are committed. They have a good work ethic,” Greve said. “They want the challenge and want to compete. It comes down to the student-athlete, the coaches and the parental support. That’s your pyramid. We feel we have good foundation there.”
There is no other way of putting it than the Huskies went from the penthouse in 2011 to the cellar in 2012. Battle Mountain lost 17 seniors, its head coach, David Joyce, and a good portion of the coaching staff from the 2011 squad that went 9-2 and captured the school’s first postseason berth since 1993.
With the turnover in personnel and coaches, the Huskies sank to 0-10. This is not new to Battle Mountain or other teams in the 3A Slope. The Huskies were 0-10 in Joyce’s first year, and Pat Engle’s maiden campaign. Joyce and Engle both were able to overcome a winless campaign and make the Huskies competitive.
The Huskies only need to look north to see a program that experienced a similar situation. Steamboat Springs went 13-1 and went to the state-title game in 2009, losing to then-3A Valor Christian. The Sailors saw a similar exodus after that campaign, and were a healthy 4-6 last season.
Sam Carlson, Mario Villegas, Luis Aguirre, Alex Ramirez and Carlos Martinez make up the offensive line. Demitrious Parrish and Ben Maslan will split time at quarterback. Jack Harty and Rio Garton line up as tailbacks with Corey Steinke at fullback. Adam Jones and Chase Keep are the wideouts.
Greve will mix and match on defense with Aguirre, Santos Macias and Ramirez as linemen. Ryder Olle, Steinke and Wyatt Harwood should see time at inside linebacker, while Garton and Harty are outside backs. Keep and Jones will be at the corners, and Cass Sheridan is at safety.
Greve expects the roster to grow as more players make minimum-practice numbers after the Huskies’ Zero Week encounter with D’Evelyn.
After D’Evelyn, the Huskies have their home opener against Summit County Aug. 30, followed by another home game against Montezuma-Cortez Sept. 7.
“We’ll take every game as it comes,” Greve said. “It’s all about competing. We know our hands are full. At the same time, we’re looking forward to it.”
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