Huskies football finishes season with loss
DELTA, Colorado ” Battle Mountain football’s season came to a merciful end Friday night at Delta with a 52-21 loss.
The Huskies finished the year with an 0-10 record, the program’s fourth winless season dating back to 1998.
While the score was lopsided Friday night, the Huskies’ finale mirrored much of the season as Battle Mountain flashed bits of its potential, but was ultimately undone by turnovers and the big play.
The Huskies couldn’t have asked for a better start, going up 14-0 on the host Panthers. Battle Mountains Mike Harland recovered a fumble on the opening kickoff, setting up the Huskies nicely on the Delta 24-yard line.
Quarterback Parke Robbins hooked up with wide-receiver Cody Hervert for 11 yards. Two plays later, Robbins called his own number for 11 more yards and a touchdown.
The Huskies defense stood tall in its first test of the night, forcing a punt. Battle Mountain took over on its own 49. The Huskies put together a nice nine-play drive that included a 20-yard burst from Jon Simpson and a 1-yard TD plunge from Robbins.
And then unfortunately, things fell apart for the Huskies. Up 14-7, Battle Mountain appeared to have Delta bottled up in its own end. Delta started the second quarter with the ball on its own 5, but the Panthers ripped off a 95-yard run to tie the game.
The Panthers recovered the ensuing kickoff and proceeded to take the lead, 21-14. After extending their lead to 24-14 on a field goal, Delta recovered an onside kick. The Panthers promptly executed a half-back option ” some Huskies fans felt it was two illegal forward passes ” on their way to making it 31-14.
Delta scored three more consecutive touchdowns in the second half to finish the year 2-6 in the 3A Slope. Robbins scored in the fourth for his third touchdown on the night.
While the Huskies will graduate Lucas Brown, Wes Stephens, Chase Olle and Roman Lopez and miss them greatly, there is hope for better days ahead. As coach David Joyce has said numerous times this season, his squad is primarily composed of juniors and freshmen who will return next year.
Robbins, a junior, was Battle Mountain’s undisputed most-valuable player at quarterback. Juniors Simpson and Josh Kundolf return to form a potent backfield. R.D. Cordova, a top linebacker, returns on defense.
The Huskies also got a look at a bunch of freshman, who gained a ton of varsity experience with players like Jake Engle, Reeve Sanders and Chris Libertini to name a few.
Battle Mountain will have to work in the weight room during the offseason and continue to add to its depth, as witnessed by the understandable spate of injuries the team incurred because of having starters play on both sides of the ball.
Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 748-2934 or email@example.com.
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