A R-O-W-D-Y look at prep sports
This is meant to be a column about preps, but let’s start with one thing.
No NFL team is as good or as bad as it looks in Week 1 of the season. Remain calm, Broncos fans. You lost to the Raiders, a pretty decent team, and it pains me to say that, by three points. It’s a long season. Are the Broncos likely a playoff team? Not likely in the AFC West. Is it time to go to Tebow? Not yet.
OK, I actually meant two things. Having gone to multiple events at different schools, “R-O-W-D-I-E,” IS NOT how one spells rowdy. Stop it. You are representing schools which are preparing our kids to be literate. It is unbecoming.
I feel better – B-E-T-T-E-R, that’s the way I spell better; nope, that doesn’t work. A run around the world of all things Devils, Gore Rangers, Huskies and Saints.
• Break up the Huskies: After a tough start, Battle Mountain volleyball has won two straight. Tuesday, the Huskies knocked off Glenwood Springs in five, 20-25, 25-23, 21-25, 25-16, 17-15. The Devils plowed Summit in three Tuesday night as well.
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• But we turn our attention tonight to our favorite 2A schools. It’s Vail Mountain at Vail Christian at 5. The Saints have won five-straight full matches against the Gore Rangers. We say “full” ones because VMS took a one-game playoff in the 2009 district tournament from Vail Christian.
Five in a row for the Saints in this rivalry has to be a school-high because it doesn’t seem too long ago – OK, so it was 10 years ago – that VMS would just clean Vail Christian’s clock.
This teaches us two things. First, watch out Vail Christian. VMS wants a win. Two, this is the cycle of high school sports. The first time I saw Battle Mountain-Eagle Valley boys soccer in 1997, the Huskies beat the Devils for the first time in six tries. They celebrated like they had won the World Cup. If the Devils and Huskies were to meet in volleyball today, the Devils would be favored. Five years ago, the Huskies beat the stuffing out of the Devils anytime they came near a volleyball court.
Look what’s happened in football between Battle Mountain and Eagle Valley. The only constant is change, and eventually the underdog will have its day.
• Great soccer game Tuesday night with the Huskies and the Devils. Both teams should leave that game with reasons for optimism. Battle Mountain gutted out a win. A team wins league titles by getting through games like these. This would have remained a 1-1 draw in 2009, and ties ended up being the Huskies’ downfall that year – 8-0-4 in league and no Slope title.
The Huskies are 3-0 on their September journey – six of their first eight games are roadies this year. The winner of Saturday’s game at Steamboat gets the early leg up in the chase for this year’s league title.
On the Eagle Valley side, remember in the preseason column published in this pace when I wrote, “This group also had a nice motor in it, finding a way to rebound when behind.” The Devils’ goal, thanks to a great run by Jesus Saenz, was exactly what I was talking about.
Tuesday’s game was leaning heavily in Battle Mountain’s advantage for the first 20 minutes of the second half. The Devils did not fold, found the equalizer and nearly won this one in OT. Eagle Valley soccer will find a way to win these close games as the season progresses.
• If you check out the Denver Post, you might have noticed that Battle Mountain football is getting some votes for its 3A top-10 poll. And, in even better news, it wasn’t just me. The Huskies got a 10th-place vote from me, and that was worth one point, but that leaves seven other points from other people.
Now, don’t make me look dumb, guys. The Classical Academy tap-danced all over your home turf last year to the tune of 42-7. Particularly galling was the lack of defense. Yes, you played well against Summit County and Roaring Fork. This is a whole new ball game. The Titans are a lot better than the Tigers or the Rams.
On offense, you guys know how to play. Everyone was too jacked up last week. Jake Engle, throw the ball. Chris Sanders, oops, I really just typed that. Good Freudian slip. Reeve Sanders, Chris Libertini, Timmy Licciardi and company, catch the ball.
By the way, Blaize Olle averaged 82 yards per carry last week. Maybe, Huskies coach David Joyce should give him the ball more often.
• Back to the Denver Post Media Poll, Dayspring Christian moved to No. 2 in 8-man football, which is another way of saying, it’ll be OK, Vail Christian. This week’s opponent, Longmont Christian, beat up on Gilpin County, 54-10, but the Saints have been known to do that, too.
• Go golf teams. We’ve got regionals at Rifle on Tuesday. Do the exact opposite of what I do and you’re good to go.