GYPSUM — Really, the Eagle Valley band got more of a workout than the school’s football team Friday night.
The band kept playing the fight song after every touchdown, and it really knows how to play “Hail to the Victors” after Eagle Valley’s 53-0 rout of Battle Mountain on Friday night at Hot Stuff Stadium in Gypsum.
For Eagle Valley, it was its second consecutive win over its rival. More importantly, it was a big bounce back after a stunning 20-19 loss last week at Cortez. For Battle Mountain, it was pretty much then Hindenburg disaster.
After three anemic downs, Battle Mountain attempted to punt. The kick was blocked for a safety, Eagle Valley’s Riley Rowles returned from a left-leg injury a week early and rumbled 30 yards for the score with just 9:34 left in the first quarter.
After a rough outing in his first start as quarterback, Harrison Stevens hooked up with Sonam Lama for 10 yards and six points. That was the first of three scoring strikes for the junior in the first half alone. Stevens to Rowles made it 21-0 at the end of the first quarter.
Eagle Valley’s Davey Madrid got in on the act with a 53-yard catch from Stevens to start the second quarter. Cristian Aguilar popped off a 50-yard scamper and Rowles was in the house after a 41-yarder, mercifully triggering the running clock.
Eagle Valley was driving late in the first half, and Battle Mountain, for some reason, called a timeout with three seconds left, That allowed Luis Chavez to score from 9 yards out to close the half.
Devils coach John Ramunno was very liberal in substituting from his bench, but Battle Mountain really had no answer defensively. With Bryce Muehlethaler at quarterback, the Devils moved the ball nicely. Devils freshman Anthony Mendez got his first varsity touchdown in the fourth quarter. Eagle Valley’s Matthew Sanchez also had an interception during the final quarter.
Eagle Valley (5-3) heads to Grand Junction on Thursday for the Ramunno Bowl and Palisade. Ramunno’s brother Joe coaches the Bulldogs. The Huskies (0-8) return to Edwards to take on Moffat County on Friday.