Big football games highlight Week 2 |

Big football games highlight Week 2

It’s not your conventional rain gear.

But, Battle Mountain cross country’s Corey Wilson, Jonathon Kerby and Zach Erickson were sporting the Hefty, 33-gallon, trash-bag look as the rain poured down at the beginning of practice Wednesday.

Whatever gets it done.

And that’s the theme of the week for all four high schools as Week 2 of the fall season begins in earnest today.

A pair of football games highlights the action. After winning county-bragging rights with a 37-7 win over Battle Mountain, Eagle Valley has a big challenge with a road game Friday at Steamboat at 7 p.m.

“Steamboat’s always solid,” Devils football coach John Ramunno said. “They were last year. We beat them here last year. Now, we’ve got to go up there. Last year, they (took) Palisade, which was the state runner-up, in overtime. They always have the capability and playing up there is tough.”

The Vail Christian 8-man team also hits the road, after an impressive season-opening win – 34-0 over Longmont Christian. Saturday, the Saints are at Westland Christian. Kickoff is at 1:30 p.m.

The Wildcats handed the Saints a 46-36 loss last year. So this could be a good early-season test.

“I think they’re a pretty large team,” Saints football coach Bob Isbell said. “They’ve got balance. But, I think we’re pretty excited. It’s always good to get that first win and the shutout was big. We feel good about a lot of things.”

Meanwhile, Battle Mountain has its home opener vs. Plateau Valley at 7 p.m.

In soccer action, there’s a lot on the table. Eagle Valley, a very impressive 2-1 at last week’s Demon Invitational, hosts Paonia today at the Eagle County Fairgrounds at 4 p.m. The Devils, doubtless brimming with confidence, best be wary of overlooking the Eagles with a huge showdown at league-champion Basalt looming on Saturday at 11 a.m.

The Huskies also have their home and league opener against Palisade in Eagle-Vail. Battle Mountain is trying to rebound from a 1-2 outing at last weekend’s Alexander Dawson Tournament.

“The team seems to have responded,” Huskies soccer coach David Cope said. “We had a really good practice (Tuesday). The focus was on defense. The team is realizing that every day they can improve. Individually and collectively, they know they still can improve.”

The Vail Mountain School starts its 3A Slope slate Saturday at 1 p.m, in Aspen against its league archrival.

There’s plenty of bump-set-spike on tap, as well. Battle Mountain has its home opener tonight at 6:30 p.m., vs. Summit The Huskies open league play Saturday at 3 p.m., with a home tilt with Palisade. Eagle Valley continues its tough preseason Saturday, by hosting Moffat County at 1 p.m. In 1A Mountain League action, Ridgway makes its annual Eagle County visit, calling on VMS at 11 a.m., in East Vail, followed by a 2 p.m. stop at St. Clare in Edwards to face the Saints.

In softball, Eagle Valley hosts Durango today at 4 p.m., at the Fairgrounds and then head to Summit County for a tournament Friday and Saturday.

And getting back those who make a 33-gallon trash bag look good, the Huskies harriers are at Leadville Saturday morning, followed by the Battle Mountain Invitational Tuesday at 4 p.m.

Chris Freud is the sports editor for the Vail Daily. Contact him at (970) 949-0555, ext. 614 or by e-mail at

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