Battle Mountain Huskies football rallies past Summit, 32-24, finish at .500
Battle Mountain football
Huskies 8 0 8 16 — 32
Tigers 7 10 0 7 — 24
B — Kia Gongaware, 12 run, (run good), 5:48
S – Jake Gillum, 36 pass (kick good), 3:47
S – Gillum, 36 pass, (kick good), 9:40
S — 38 field goal, 0:11
B – Bryce Runckel, 7 run, (run good). 4:38
B- Traver Goldberg, 1 run (run good), 10:40
B – Garrett Anderson, 5 run, (pass good) 5:51
S – Noah Martens, 7 run (kick good), 5:30
FARMER’S KORNER — The autumn wind is a Husky?
Hey, why not?
Battle Mountain football took over a windswept second half on Friday, Nov. 3, at Summit County, rallying from a 17-8 halftime deficit for a 32-24 win.
Serving up a hefty helping of ground-chuck offense, Battle Mountain finished the season 5-5 overall and 3-2 and in third place in the 3A Slope in coach Jim Schuppler’s first season. That is Battle Mountain’s best record since a 6-3 mark back in 2014 when the Huskies were a 2A team. As a 3A program, this is Battle Mountain’s best year since the golden season of 2011.
Down 17-8 after 16 minutes, the wind howled at Tiger Stadium and so did the Huskies. Going into a gale, Battle Mountain kept it simple by pounding the football. Garrett Anderson, Traver Goldberg, Kia Gongaware and Nick Walter all slammed forward for positive gains. We don’t want to alarm you, but the Huskies went for it on fourth-and-4 on the Tigers’ 19. Freshman Anthony Sanchez was the surprise ball-carrier, gaining 8 yards.
Bryce Runckel took it the rest of the way including the 2-point conversion — Nelson Ledezma was out with an injury, so the Huskies didn’t attempt an extra point — closing the hosts’ lead to 17-16.
Summit struggled with the quarterback-center snap during the second half, and politely fumbled the ball. Taking the Huskies’ fourth-and-just-go-for-it to the extreme, Goldberg went for a 33-yard scramble on fourth-and-12 moving the ball down to the Tigers’ 6. Goldberg called his own number for the touchdown and Walter did the honors on the 2-pointer.
Just going for it
Again, Summit was quite helpful by coughing up the football on its next play. The Huskies kept on churning on the ground. Anderson rolled in from 5 yards out and Battle Mountain led, 32-17.
The Huskies made it interesting as the Tigers returned the ensuing kickoff to the Battle Mountain 7 and scored a late touchdown to make it 32-24.
Making it even more interesting/heart-stopping is that Huskies needed to run some time off the clock. With 1:19 left, Battle Mountain went for it on a fourth-and-14 from its own 44. (We weren’t kidding about fourth-and-just-going-for-it — as might be said in “Waterboy,” “Punting is for the devil”), and Goldberg delivered with a 14-yard run to ice it.
Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934, email@example.com and @cfreud.
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