Battle Mountain falls to Cortez
CORTEZ – It was a long bus ride home for Battle Mountain football – literally and figuratively Friday night and Saturday morning.The Huskies went down to the Four Corners and got a beating for their troubles. Cortez pounded Battle Mountain, 47-7.”We just made mental errors,” Huskies coach Pat Engle said. “We had one kid who made five penalties. We put the ball on the ground six times. That’s just not going to win you football games.”Despite the score, this was a competitive game in the early going. The Huskies played aggressive defense early on, producing two fumbles and a Derek Rush interception. Battle Mountain converted on one of those turnovers to tie the game at seven.Late in the first quarter, the Huskies recovered a fumble on the Panthers’ 22. An offensive pass interference call moved the Huskies back, but no matter. Rush called his own number of third-and-18 and raced 36 yards for the score. Patrick Scanlan converted, and the Huskies looked like they were in the game.But, Cortez scored 13 points in the second quarter to take a 20-7 lead into its Homecoming festivities and then the Panthers poured it on in the second half.One positive for Battle Mountain was the defense. While the Panthers put up 47 points, the defense was playing against a lot of short fields because of six Huskies turnovers.”We certainly were pleased with the effort of the defense,” Engle said. “Offensively, we dropped the ball, so to speak. We were not able to make them pay for their mistakes.”We started off the night clicking on offense. They were not defending our option well and we were doing what we wanted to do. Then, we started making mental errors, fumbles and penalties. It was one of those things where we shot ourselves in the foot. That team is not 40 points better than us.”Battle Mountain, 0-2 in the 3A Slope and 1-2, overall heads to Summit Friday for a 6 p.m. nonconference game.Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 614, or email@example.com.