Battle Mountain football rolls by Demons
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GLENWOOD SPRINGS – Battle Mountain used to be a popular homecoming football opponent. Not so these days.
The Huskies, who haven’t been to the postseason since 1994, are pushovers no more.
Dominating Glenwood Springs in virtually every phase of the game early on, the upstart squad from Edwards played homecoming spoiler at Stubler Memorial Field on Friday, topping the host Demons, 34-21.
A speedy and athletic Battle Mountain squad showed early it felt no ill effects from last week’s 22-21 loss to Rifle on a field goal in the final seconds.
“It was a tough loss, for sure,” Huskies running back Reeve Sanders said. “We felt like we should have won that one. We kind of took it out on Glenwood.”
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Reeves and his teammates quickly went to work burying that painful memory.
After picking up a couple first downs before stalling out on its first drive, Battle Mountain cashed in on its second possession.
On the second play of the drive, Sanders broke off a 51-yard touchdown run. He drafted behind blocking quarterback Jake Engle in the early stages of the scamper.
The Demons’ ensuing drive ended with a fumble that the Huskies’ Jordan Harrison recovered.
Battle Mountain wasted little time padding its lead, turning in another big play to go up 14-0 less than three minutes after its first score. This time, Zach Guida rumbled 77 yards for a TD with 2 minutes, 9 seconds left in the opening quarter.
The Huskies poured it on in the second quarter, using their speed to outleg Glenwood’s defense time and again.
Guida found the end zone from 9 yards out at the 9:42 mark and Sanders broke off a 19-yard scoring scamper with 4:04 remaining to make it 27-0 going into intermission.
Battle Mountain kept the second of those two second-quarter scoring drives alive with a wild play on fourth-and-9 from its own 30. Fielding a high snap and opting to run rather than punt, Sanders busted loose for a 45-yard gain to convert the first down.
“It wasn’t designed,” Sanders said. “It was just going to be a punt. I got it, felt a heavy rush and decided to take it.”
Two plays later, Sanders found the end zone.
The Demons trotted out a new quarterback to start the second half, sitting senior Jon Forristall in favor or sophomore Travis Lundin. They showed a spark under the young passer, picking up their first score of the night on a 71-yard drive that Lundin capped with a 1-yard TD run at the 2:03 mark in the third.
The highlight of the drive came three plays earlier on fourth-and-18 from the Battle Mountain 28, from which Lundin fired a pass down the right sideline that Henry Hill hauled in with a leap and some aerial acrobatics.
Lundin would find Mike Mills on TD passes of 9 and 47 yards in the fourth quarter as the Demons made it interesting, but a 33-yard scoring run by Sanders in between the Glenwood scores was enough to ice a win that lifted the Huskies to 4-1 overall and to 1-1 in the 3A Western Slope League.
“It’s like we don’t start fighting until we’re down,” said Mills, a senior. “We’ve got so much heart. We just don’t use it until we’re down. It’s frustrating, but we’ll be all right. We’ll just have to play with reckless abandon and not lose the rest of the season. We have to take teams out, one by one.”
Sanders finished with 213 yards on 16 carries. Guida had 148 yards on 18 totes as Battle Mountain racked up 382 yards as a team on the ground.
Lundin finished up with 177 yards on 14-of-23 passing in his half of work. Mills caught four balls for 67 yards and Henry Hill racked up 90 yards rushing on 24 carries. Mills also had an interception on defense.
Glenwood, which dropped to 1-4 overall and to 0-2 in the 3A WSL in defeat, travels to Moffat County next week. Battle Mountain is home for a big one against Palisade.