Huskies pummel Steamboat, 61-22
EDWARDS – That was definitely a memorable Senior Night.
Battle Mountain football made short work of Steamboat Springs, routing the Sailors, 61-22, Friday night in Edwards.
The Huskies at 8-1 overall and 5-1 in the 3A Slope are all but in the playoffs for the first time since 1994, while the Sailors (0-9, 0-6) continued their post-2009 state semifinal slide.
The Sailors started the game well with a 12-play, 60-yard match, mixing up the pass and the run. Steamboat’s Evan Hornstein capped the drive with a 7-yard scamper. Clad in pink socks for Breast Cancer Awareness Moth, the Huskies slowly awoke, converting a fourth-and-3, with Zach Guida rumbling 32 yards for a touchdown. The Huskies went for two with Jake Engle completing the conversion pass for two and an 8-7 lead.
Battle Mountain needed only one play on its next drive Reeve Sanders took on most of the Sailors defense, breaking a 76-yard touchdown run. The Huskies, apparently retaliating for Steamboat doing the same in 2009, continued to go for the two-point conversion with Chris Libertini running it in.
Zach Guida continued the onslaught with a 31-yard scamper with 48 seconds left in the first. Battle Mountain opted for the extra point.
Steamboat still showed some fight as quarterback Christian Ramirez completed a long pass to Michael Yost and then Yost roared 24 yards to the house, closing it to 23-15.
The Huskies responded with a a quick drive, all on the ground. Sanders flew for 32 yards and the Huskies went for two successfully again, extending their lead to 31-15.
Battle Mountain kept rolling, this time, using the pass – Jake Engle to Libertini – for 6 yards and six with 3:31 left in the half. The Huskies showed a little more of the air attack, this time an 8-yarder to Paton Lovett. The Huskies went for two to make it 46-15 just before the half.
The Huskies picked up where they left off in the second half. After a false start, Sanders breezed 55 yards for his third score of the night. Battle Mountain again went for the two points and got them easily. Battle Mountain got the ball back on the Sailors’ 19 and needed little time to find the end zone. Sanders went 15 yards and the Huskies had a comfortable 61-15 lead.
Steamboat was able to shut down Battle Mountain’s second-string offense, recovering a fumble on the Huskies’ 2. Steamboat quyarterback Christian Ramirez took it from there for a score.
Before the game, the Huskies honored their massive senior class. Your 17 seniors are Jullian LaBarre, Engle, Chris Duran, Libertini, Lovett, Sanders, Guida, John Morella, Eric Weiss, Timmy Licciardi, Sawyer Bluhm, Jeff Fuller, Riley Babcock, Carl Hamrick, Jose Marin, Jordan Harrison and Ze Barbosa.
Sailors 7 8 7 0 – 22
Huskies 23 23 15 0 – 61
S – Evan Hornstein, 7-yard run, KG, 9:14
B – Zach Guida, 32-yard run, pass good, 6:17
B- Reeve Sanders, 76-yard run, run good, 4:59
B – Guida, 31-yard run, KG, 0:46
S – Michael Yost, 24-yard run, pass good, 11:06
B – Sanders, 32-yard run, run good, 7:16
B – Jake Engle to Libertini, 6-yard pass, KG, 3:31
B – Engle to Paton Lovett, 8-yard pass, run good, 1:19
B – Sanders, 55-yard run, run good, 11:45
B – Sanders, 15-yaqrd run, KG, 8:55
S – Christian Ramirez, 2-yard run, KG