Huskies fall to 1A South Park
With starting quarterback Eddie Irgens out due to a concussion, the Huskies offense sputtered to a total of just 161 yards in a 23-14 loss to 1A South Park Friday night.
For the 3A Huskies, 106 of those yard came on two big plays in the first half. Battle Mountain mustered just 46 yards in the second half.
“It’s a difficult situation,” Huskies coach Fred Koetteritz said. “I think Chris (Romero) started off early and then Julio (Hermosillo) stepped in and did a great job for us. He was rushed a little bit, but he hung in there tough. He took some hard licks. He did what we wanted him to do.
“We tried a couple of twists there. We had the stacked-I. We put an extra lead back in there. We’ve just got to sustain our blocks. Some basic things – staying in blocks, hanging onto the ball. We made some basic mistakes which you can’t afford.”
The net result was that a good effort by the Huskies defense went to waste. Battle Mountain limited the Burros to less than 200 yards. South Park’s first touchdown came off an interception return. Every other Burros scoring drive started in Huskies territory.
“The defense stepped up,” Koetteritz said. “South Park did a great job creating opportunities to keep themselves in great field position. They got the opportunities to play on some short fields. It made it difficult on us.
“Rob Reed and Jose Morales – Rob up the middle and Jose on the outside – they stepped up and made great plays. I think Tyler Eaton stepped up. Junior got going and did some real tough things.”
South Park’s Brandon Rank started the scoring with a 29-yard interception return for a touchdown on a Romero pass.. The Huskies answered two plays later with a right sweep which Hermosillo took 74 yards for six.
After a short Huskies punt left the Burros on the Huskies’ 23-yard line, South Park drove the ball to Battle Mountain’s doorstep, but the Huskies held, forcing the Burros to kick a 25-yard field goal to make it 10-6.
In the second quarter, facing a 4th and 10 on the Burros’ 32, Hermosillo threw a beautiful strike to Romero, who hauled it in for a touchdown. With the two-point conversion, Battle Mountain took a 14-10 halftime lead.
But that was it for the offense from the black and gold. South Park took the lead for good with 4:07 left in the third quarter, when Burros quarterback Adam Jones called his own number from 3 yards out. South Park iced the game in the fourth quarter with 2:03 left when Owen Springer rumbled for a 16-yard touchdown.
Battle Mountain (1-4) is at 3A Valley Friday night.
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Jeff Shiffrin, with his wife, Eileen, made the Vail area their home decades ago, and together raised Mikaela and Taylor Shiffrin, who was a member of the two-time NCAA Champion University of Denver Ski Team.