Battle Mountain Huskies football comes up short against Green Mountain, 27-23
Battle Mountain football
Rams 7 0 7 13 — 27
Huskies 13 0 3 7 — 23
B — Charlie Morrow, 4 run (Nelson Ledezma kick), 6:03
B — Morrow, 70 run, (Ledezma blocked) 3:47
G — Trey Towndrow, 1 run (Quinn Meinert kick), 1:12
G — Towndrow, 1 run (Meinert kick), 7:46
B — Ledezma, 25 FG, 0:48
G — Meinert, 17 run, (Meinert kick), 11:46.
B — Morrow, 53 run, (Ledezma kick), 11:24
G — Towndrow, 45 run (run failed), 9:34
EDWARDS — Battle Mountain football lost a tough one for the second week in a row.
This week it was a 27-23 loss to Green Mountain on Friday, Sept. 29 in Edwards. That’s on the heels of a 41-33 loss at Basalt last week.
Losses are losses, but the Huskies were in a game on Friday night against Green Mountain, a team that drubbed Battle Mountain, 40-12, last year. As much as these experiences sting, they are necessary. Teams need to learn how to win close games against good teams, and it’s a painful, but valuable process.
Battle Mountain came out running with a mixture of the double-wing and the power-I. Nick Walters, Charlie Morrow and Garrett Anderson gashed Green Mountain’s defense for big gains. Walters converted a fourth-and-1 on the Rams’ 7.
One play later, Morrow pounded it into the end zone for a 7-0 lead.
The Huskies defense came up with a big stop on Green Mountain’s first possession. Bryce Runckel stuffed the Rams on fourth down, forcing a change of possession.
The Huskies didn’t need much time to score. Morrow rolled 70 yards to the house for a 13-0 advantage.
The Rams struck back late in the first quarter. They mounted a seven-play drive, capped by 1-yard sneak by Green Mountain quarterback Trey Towndrow.
The Huskies made some mistakes during the second quarter, including two personal fouls and a turnover. That gave Green Mountain great field position, but the Huskies defense was up to the occasion, and in particular, Jake Bukovich.
He threw Green Mountain’s Tristan Tafoya for 3-yard loss and then dumped Towndrow for a sack.
Green Mountain opened the second half with a touchdown drive that included Tafoya 22-yard run and a 30-yard completion from Towndrow to Tafoya.
Can’t Hold Us
The Huskies took back the lead back eventually with a 25-yard field goal from Nelson Ledezma. On that drive Traver Goldberg hit Runckel for a 21-yard gain. The Huskies rushed the ball down to the Rams’ 8. Battle Mountain drew up the right play with a Goldberg pass into the end zone, but Bukovich couldn’t pull it in.
Down 16-14, Green Mountain got a break and took advantage of it. Towndrow dropped back to pass and his pass was deflected — right into the hands of one of his offensive lineman Dawshon Taylor for a 20-yard gain. That set up Quinn Meinert for a 17-yard touchdown run and 21-16 lead.
The Huskies didn’t stay down for long. Runckel had a 37-yard kickoff return, and then Goldberg handed the ball to Morrow for a 53-yard score.
Because this was turning into a shootout, Towndrow answered with a 45 scoring run. The Rams went for a 2-point conversion and failed, leaving Green Mountain with a 27-23 lead.
The Huskies put together a magnificent drive that ate a lot of clock, but a fumble short-circuited that scoring attempt. Green Mountain got the ball on its own 11, yet Battle Mountain’s defense was up to the task.
The Huskies got the ball on their 23 with 2:59 left. Battle Mountain got one first down before the team’s third turnover, this one an interception on fourth down, sealed it.
The Huskies (2-3) open league play on Friday, Oct. 6 against Rifle in Edwards.
Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934, firstname.lastname@example.org and @cfreud.