Montezuma-Cortez outlasts Battle Mountain, 27-13 |

Montezuma-Cortez outlasts Battle Mountain, 27-13

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EAGLE-VAIL, Colorado ” Battle Mountain football coach David Joyce told his disappointed football team Friday night that he didn’t want them getting used to losing.

While the Huskies fell short of their elusive first win of 2008 Friday, falling to Montezuma-Cortez, 27-13, Friday night, they certainly didn’t play like they were willing to go through the same-old, same-old.

For the third time in the last four weeks, Battle Mountain was competitive from start to finish. The Huskies went toe-to-toe with the visiting Panthers, who knocked off Rifle last week, leading 13-7 going into the fourth quarter before falling.

Down 7-0 at halftime, the Huskies scored on their first possession of the second half with a whole lot of Parke Robbins. The junior quarterback ran the ball four times for 46 yards on that drive to tie the game.

“They responded real well after halftime,” Huskies coach David Joyce said. “The last couple of weeks, we’ve been reading the option well. Tonight (Cortez) did some things which confused us, that exposed us. It took away option, but it let us have another base play.”

Battle Mountain went right back to that play after Robbins recovered a fumble ” the second turnover of the night for the defense; Roman Lopez also nabbed a turnover in the first half.

Behind a big effort from the offensive line, Robbins called his number twice and the Huskies took the lead, 13-7. Robbins ran for 110 yards on the night.

The Huskies defense did a good job of keeping Panther quarterback Logan Chase under wraps until late in the third quarter when he scampered for 40 yards and a touchdown. With a 14-13 lead, Cortez gave the ball Keenan Garcia who iced the game with two scores on his way to a 200-plus-yard night on the ground.

Battle Mountain (0-5 overall and 0-3 in the 3A Slope) is at Steamboat Springs next week.

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