Huskies wrap league with win at Coal Ridge
Battle Mountain football
Huskies 6 16 10 7 — 39
Titans 0 7 7 7 — 21
B – Demetrius Parrish to Josh Williams, 2 pass, run failed
B – Parrish to Owen Riley, 36 pass, run failed
B – Chase Keep, 34 FG
C – Jackson Sargent to Tyler Sheerin, 51 pass, kick good
B – Parrish to Keep, 5 pass, kick good
B – Keep, 27 FG
C – Max Bettle, 13 run, KG
B – Parrish to Keep, 52 pass, KG
B – Josh Williams, fumble recovery on put snap, KG
C – Duran, 3 run, KG
SILT — So, before the season, who had Battle Mountain football winning the 2A Slope North?
This is where one would insert video footage of tumbling tumbleweed with crickets sounding off in the background.
OK, well, Huskies football did it with a 39-21 win at Coal Ridge on Friday night. Take a bow, fellas. Battle Mountain coach Kevin Meyer should take one, too, if only to dry off after getting the Gatorade bucket after the game.
To all those who point out that Battle Mountain is a 3A school playing down in a 2A league, well, the team that was 0-10 road kill the past two years is 6-2 overall and 5-0 in conference, and to paraphrase “Gone with the Wind,” “Frankly, they don’t give a damn.”
Draft Parrish and Keep
This was a messy game early with the host Titans committing three turnovers to Battle Mountain’s one during the first half. The Huskies’ Sam Carlson jumped on a fumble and picked Coal Ridge quarterback Jackson Sargent.
The interception gave the Huskies the ball on the Titans’ 2, and Demetrius Parrish hooked up with Josh Williams for a touchdown.
Battle Mountain’s Adam Jones scooped up a Coal Ridge fumble early in the second quarter. The Titans’ big issue was taking care of the shotgun snap. Even when they weren’t turnovers, they turned into big losses for Coal Ridge.
After a big punt return by Noah Shamis, Parrish put one up to Owen Riley and the big guy adjusted to an under-thrown ball, hauling it in for a 36-yard score.
After a 34-yard field goal from Battle Mountain’s Chase Keep, Coal Ridge’s Sargent popped a 51-yard screen to Tyler Sheerin to close it to 15-7.
Battle Mountain finished the half with a nice hurry-up drive with a lot of Parrish to Keep, and a 20-yarder to Jones. Keep snatched Parrish’s third touchdown pass of the half from 5 yards out with 10.2 seconds left in the half for a 22-7 lead.
Keep started the second half with another field goal, but Coal Ridge responded with a huge kickoff return by Luke Pagni. With the ball deep in Huskies’ territory, the Titans’ Max Beetle did the honors from 13 yards out to cut the Huskies’ lead to 25-14.
Parrish promptly lofted a 52-yard strike to Keep for another score. (If you have a 2A Slope North fantasy league, these two are your guys.)
Battle Mountain continued to capitalize on the Titans’ snap problems. Wyatt Harwood recovered a fumble off another errant snap on the Titans’ 10 during the fourth quarter. That somehow turned into fourth-and-goal from the Titans’ 39 — there are still some elements of Battle Mountain football which still exist — but the Huskies were taking time off the clock by that point.
Despite a 2A Slope North title, it’s unlikely that Battle Mountain will make the 3A playoffs on wild-card points. Nonetheless, the Huskies will host Pueblo County in their regular-season finale next week and Senior Night. Call it the Pueblo Bowl.
Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934, firstname.lastname@example.org and @cfreud.