Devils reign for fifth straight year vs. Huskies
GYPSUM — County bragging rights weren’t in dispute on Friday.
Eagle Valley unleashed the frustration of its season by overpowering Battle Mountain, 45-0, on Friday night at John Ramunno Field in Gypsum.
The Devils started quickly with a 70-yard drive. Matthew Sanchez started a big night with a 22-yard run. Garrett Martin converted a fourth-and-6 with a 7-yard pass to Noah Hermosillo. Martin called his own number for the first touchdown of the night.
There usually aren’t many options in the playbook for 4-and-17, but the Devils figured that out with Martin finding Sanchez for a 35-yard chunk of real estate. Martin bootlegged for 5 yards and 14-0 lead.
Meanwhile, the Huskies were struggling on offense. The Devils’ Sanchez picked up a fumble and rumbled 25 yards for the scoop-and-score.
Need some Funk? Eagle Valley had it with senior Corben Funk rumbling 64 yards for a score. It was more Funk when he picked a pass, setting up another score. This time Zach Carvill did the honors from 8 yards.
Eagle Valley’s Tiegan Torbett continued the onslaught with a sack-and-fumble combination. David Witt ran 11 yards, followed by a 4-yarder Zak Cossette and a 38-0 lead with 5:24 left in the half.
Battle Mountain did get a bit of a drive going late in the first half, making it down to the Devils’ 15, but Eagle Valley’s Alex Chavez ended that with a 16-yard sack.
Eagle Valley’s defense started the second half with its third turnover of the night. The Devils’ Tony Valdez had a pick-six to make it 45-0 and trigger the running clock.
And that leads to the $64,000 question, can the Devils make the playoffs by going 4-6 with a win at Glenwood Springs next week? The record 4-6 does not immediately bring to mind the concept of the postseason, but it’s a new world in high school football with the rating-percentage index.
Entering Week 9, the Devils were No. 23 in RPI because, as Eagle Valley fans know well, they’ve played one heck of a schedule. In fact, the Devils have played the fifth-hardest schedule in all of Class 3A. That translates into Eagle Valley’s opponents’ winning percentage being .654.
With opponents’ winning percentage making up 50 percent of RPI, it’s not inconceivable that the Devils might move up into the top 16 and a postseason berth with a winning end to the regular season. Since this is the first year of RPI, there is no precedent.
In the meantime, it was Senior Night for Eagle Valley. The seniors are Sanchez, Witt, Sam Erickson, Kyle Jordan, Torbett, Martin, Trever LaFramboise, Funk, Jack McKinney, Hermosillo, Kyle Williams, Tony Valdez, Matt Meline, Luis Torres, Gabriel Baldwin, Tate Carlson, Anthony Martinez, Griffin Lay and Ryan Hinchliffe.
Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934, firstname.lastname@example.org and @cfreud.