Huskies grind out 28-13 road win at Moffat
CRAIG – It was sort of strange sight Thursday night during halftime of the Battle Mountain-Steamboat Springs soccer game.
Ten-or-so football players were in the north end zone, punching the turf. They were gathering the little pebbles that accumulate on a turf field, and putting them in a good-sized jar.
Battle Mountain was taking a bit of Todd Walker’s end zone to Moffat County. And the defense did its part in keeping the Walker’s transplanted end zone Bulldog-free. A big goal-line stand at the end of the first half keyed a 28-13 Battle Mountain win Friday night in Craig.
In a run-dominated game, the Huskies were able to stop Moffat’s Michael Samuelson on fourth-and-inches on the Huskies’ 1-yard line. On Moffat’s first drive of the second half, Chris Libertini’s interception stopped the Bulldogs as they were driving again toward the north end zone in Craig.
Moffat only scored in that north end zone on a pick-six by the Bulldogs’ Miguel Molina. The Huskies’ defense allowed just one long patented Moffat grind-it-out drive in the second half.
It wasn’t Battle Mountain’s best performance of the season, but it was the team’s first win against this set of Bulldogs since 2006. With the victory, the Huskies moved to 6-1 overall and 3-1 in the Western Slope.
The Huskies scored on their first drive of the game. Key plays included a 31-yard run by Zach Guida and a 21-yard pass on third-and-17 from Jake Engle to Reeve Sanders. Sanders punched it in from 5 yards to make it 7-0.
Blaize Olle was big part of the Huskies second scoring drive. He scooted 47 yards on that march and had a 10-yard scoring scamper to give Battle Mountain a 14-point lead at the half. (And, yes, for Steve Leigh and Wheez at KZYR, Blaize Olle “does is score touchdowns.”)
After Molina’s interception, the Huskies marched 65 yards down the field, capped by a 21-yard score from Libertini.
In the fourth quarter, the Huskies ate five minutes on the clock in their final scoring drive. Tim Licciardi made a big 11-yard catch on third-and-10 from the Bulldogs’ 45. Olle finished up the drive with his second score of the night, much to KZYR’s delight.
This was the Huskies’ last long road trip of the regular season. Battle Mountain returns home for Delta Friday and Steamboat Springs in two weeks. The regular season ends with Eagle Valley in Gypsum.
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Huskies 7 7 7 7 – 28
Bulldogs 0 0 7 6 – 13
BM – Reeve Sanders, 5-yard TD run, KG, 8:20
BM – Blaize Olle, 10-yard TD, run, KG, 5:49
MC – Miguel Molina, 28-yard interception return, KG, 4:28
BM – Chris Libertini, 21-yard TD run, KG, 1:43
MC – Michael Samuelson, KNG, 9:37
BM – Olle, 3-yard TD run, KG, 4:53