Woes mount for Huskies in 20-13 loss to Steamboat
Battle Mountain falls to 2-5
EDWARDS — It is getting dark early for Battle Mountain.
The Huskies football dropped their fifth game in a row, falling to Steamboat Springs, 20-13, on Friday night in Edwards.
Aside from the loss, the bad news is that the Huskies lost running back Kiah Gongaware early in the first quarter to injury and Jeremiah Vasquez late in the game, and the schedule only gets tougher during the final weeks of the season. The 2-5 Huskies are at Glenwood Springs next, followed by Palisade and Eagle Valley coming to town.
Steamboat’s Cash Meyring came up with an interception with 2:04 left in the game, snuffing out Battle Mountain’s last chance on the Huskies’ 7-yard line. The Sailors’ Finn Russell iced the game with a touchdown from there.
The Huskies started the second half promisingly. Down 14-6, Battle Mountain quarterback Kai Haggen hit Ryan Huck for 14 yards. Later, Haggen found his new favorite target, Dalton Patterson, for a 38-yard touchdown, narrowing the Steamboat lead to 14-13.
Patterson is a transfer from Wisconsin and played baseball for the Huskies last spring. He had a big night.
Battle Mountain had ample opportunities to take the lead throughout the second half, only to undermine their chances with turnovers.
Steamboat dominated the first half but led only 14-6 after 24 minutes. The first quarter started with fumbles. Gongaware recovered the Sailors’ miscue, and then the Huskies senior ran 17 yards on his team’s first play from the line of scrimmage, only to fumble himself while incurring what seemed to be a shoulder injury.
Gongaware was down on the turf for a while and did not return, adding to Battle Mountain’s injury woes.
The Sailors took advantage of the good field position. Sailors quarterback Cade Gedeon called his own number for 24 yards. Russell bulled his way for 10 more, and Jameson Tracy finished the first drive with a 14-yard scoring scamper.
Steamboat ate most of the second quarter with a 10-play, 85-yard drive. Gedeon hit Tracy for 15 yards, and the Huskies compounded that with a facemasking penalty.
Russell took a good portion of Battle Mountain’s defense with him on a 24-yard run down to the Huskies’ 23.
Tracy took it the rest of the way, for a 14-0 advantage.
Battle Mountain responded with a terrific 57-yard strike from Haggen to Patterson. It was a great play on both ends as Haggen rolled out to his left with Steamboat defenders on his tail, while Patterson got a bunch yards after the catch. Sanchez and Huck pounded the ball down to the Sailors’ 2. On fourth-and-goal, Haggen did the honors.