Basalt crashes Battle Mountain Homecoming, 20-8
Longhorns 7 13 0 0 — 20
Huskies 2 0 0 6 — 8
Ba – Miles Levy, 9 run, KG (Pablo Rivera), 5:11
BM – Safety, 0:53
Ba – Levy to Kyle Roberts, 16 yards KNG (Rivera), 5:41
Ba – Luis Arce, 19 interception return, KG (Rivera), 1:46
BM – Robert Redinger to Zane Hensall, 22 pass, run failed, 9:10
EDWARDS — John Dakin put it best on Friday night’s KZYR’s broadcast, “The Huskies are playing two teams tonight — the Basalt Longhorns and themselves.”
Huskies football could not overcome three turnovers and 13 penalties in a 20-8 Homecoming loss to Basalt in Edwards.
And that dropped Battle Mountain (3-1) from the ranks of the undefeated.
Basalt doesn’t need much help offensively with quarterback Miles Levy, who entered the game as the top passer in the state in Class 2A. But the Huskies were anxious to get a rush on Levy early and that turned into two offside penalties for first downs on the Longhorns’ first drives. It was the beginning of a trend.
Levy called his own number on a bootleg for 9 yards to give the Longhorns a 7-0 lead.
In fairness to the Huskies’ defense, the unit did not let Levy go off with his air show. In fact, the defense produced the first points of the evening for Battle Mountain when Levy was called for intentional grounding in his own end zone, an automatic safety. The Huskies’ Zane Hensel forced Levy to get rid of the ball hastily with his rush.
The Huskies were successful moving the ball on the ground with Cal Masler and Charlie Morrow, only to see big gains called back by holding calls, as was the case in the second quarter.
When there weren’t flags, Morrow, who otherwise had a good night, fumbled the ball on the Basalt 40. That set up Basalt’s second touchdown, as the Longhorns marched 60 yards, capped by a 16-yard pass from Levy to Kyle Roberts.
The backbreaker came late in the second quarter when the Huskies were trying to set up a screen. Instead, Longhorns junior Luis Arce intercepted the ball and ran it back 19 yards for a touchdown and a 20-2 halftime lead.
Penalties and turnovers continued to plague the Huskies in the second half, even though Battle Mountain almost made a game of it late.
On a scoring drive, the Huskies had a first-and-goal from the Basalt 9. Three penalties later, it was second-and-goal from the 37. Despite all of that, the Huskies were able to find the end zone. Huskies quarterback Redinger found Morrow for 15 yards. The next play was a 22-yard strike to Hensel.
Battle Mountain concludes nonconference play with a trip to Green Mountain at Trailblazer Stadium next week.
Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934, firstname.lastname@example.org and @cfreud.