Huskies host No. 5 Moffat
EAGLE-VAIL – Make no mistake. Battle Mountain football’s win last week against South Park was big.The Huskies needed a win to start the season with confidence and validate all the offseason work they did.But, it’s a whole new ball game in Week 2 when Moffat County comes to Phelan Field tonight at 7. The Bulldogs are ranked No. 5 in the state and will be much more like the competition which Battle Mountain will be seeing in the rugged 3A Western Slope.”Obviously, it’s going to be a much tougher opponent,” Huskies coach Pat Engle said. “After the (South Park) game, there weren’t helmets flying everywhere. It wasn’t like, ‘This is our season.’ We realized that we’re in this for the long haul here. We’re a week-by-week team and that’s the way we’re going to be.”Moffat’s coming off a 55-0 pasting of Rawlings, Wyo., last week. It’s hard to judge the quality of the win, but it definitely shows the Huskies what Moffat intends to do. The Bulldogs ran the ball 45 times to only seven passes.Kellan Moore (11 carries for 112 yards) and Scott Garoutte (five-70) led the way on the ground.”They’re an off-tackle, power team,” Engle said. “They’re going to throw the ball. I would expect them to throw the ball because we didn’t defend the pass as well in the (preseason) scrimmage as we needed to. That’s a red flag for me.”The Huskies do not lack for firepower. Although they’ll likely be without Travis Scholl (shoulder), Adrian Martinez had 168 yards on 17 carries last week and the Huskies’ backfield is deep with the likes of Mike Garst and Colby Austin.Through the air, Derek Rush is healthy, recovered from a strained calf muscle. He showed his arm last week on a 30-yard dart to Rudy Frausto. Also, expect T.J. Montoya to get some time under center, as he also capably led the Huskies last week. “I don’t want to insult Moffat and call them a test,” Engle said. “They’re a great football program. They’ve made the playoffs the last two years. Last year, they won a game and made it to the round of eight.””Our kids are pretty focused on what needs to be done. It’s us against the world. That’s the way we’re looking at it. We’re looking at every game. We’re not supposed to win any game. We’re not. So, every week is a new challenge for us.”Chris Freud is the sports editor of the Vail Daily. He can be reached at (970) 949-0555, ext. 614, or via email@example.com.