Battle Mountain Huskies football beats Eagle Valley Devils for first time since 2011
Devils 0 0 0 0 — 0
Huskies 0 22 7 15 — 44
B – Bryce Runckel, 7 run, (Nelson Ledezma kick), 11:35
B – Traver Goldberg, 35 run (run good), 3:40
B – Goldberg to Jake Bukovich, 17 pass, (Ledezma kick), 0:30
B – Goldberg, 5 run, (Ledezma kick), 0:30
B – Kia Gongaware, 34 run (Ledezma kick), 11:00
B – Nick Walker 2 run, (run good), 7:59
EDWARDS — Battle Mountain football flipped its way to its first win over Eagle Valley since 2011, beating the Devils, 44-0, on Friday, Oct. 27, in Edwards.
Yes, the Huskies beating the Devils is quite newsworthy, but then there was Battle Mountain’s 2-point conversion during the second quarter. We’re pretty sure we’ve never seen that before.
Up 13-0 after the touchdown, the Huskies went into their traditional extra-point formation.
Senior Breeam Brandenburg, standing where the place kicker usually does, did a backflip. That seemed to distract everyone in the stadium, not to mention the Devils’ defense, and Kia Gongaware took the snap and ran it for the conversion.
That should have been on SportsCenter.
That was just one of many highlights for Battle Mountain (4-5 overall and 2-2 in the 3A Slope) on Senior Night.
After both teams fumbled on their opening possessions, the Huskies put together a 16-play, 73-yard drive for the opening touchdown. That drive also included consecutive first downs called back on penalties.
The Huskies continued their reckless abandon on fourth down during the drive with Bryce Runckel going for nine yards on a punt fake. Battle Mountain quarterback Traver Goldberg converted another fourth down with a 14-yard strike to Runckel. Runckel capped the drive with a 7-yard run and a 7-0 lead.
Battle Mountain showed a new offensive look with the wildcat out of the power-I with Runckel taking the snaps for part of the Huskies’ second scoring drive. Goldberg rumbled 35 yards for the score, setting up the backflip 2-point conversion.
The Huskies struck before the half with a quick drive that included Goldberg scrambling for 25 yards. Goldberg hit Jake Bukovich for a 14-yard score and 22-0 halftime lead.
Speaking of Bukovich, the Huskies’ defense forced a sack and fumble during the third quarter. Bukovich ran with the ball down to the Devils’ 30. The Huskies pounded away on the ground for five plays, finishing with a Goldberg 5-yard touchdown run.
Yet another Eagle Valley turnover turned into one of the nicest moments of the night. Gongaware, who went down with what looked like a scary injury against Rifle a few weeks ago, is clearly healthy again, and ran for a 34-yard touchdown.
And that made for a happy Senior Night for Michael Barrows, Brandenburg, Bukovich, Charlie Morrow, Runckel, Angel Cereceres, Nelson Ledezma, Franco Lopez, Nick Hancock, Leo Chen Yeng Xu and Maciej Kasprzycki.
Battle Mountain closes the season next week at Summit County, while Eagle Valley (0-9) hosts Glenwood Springs.
Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934, firstname.lastname@example.org and @cfreud.