No. 2 D’Evelyn too much for Battle Mountain
EDWARDS – Friday night’s Battle Mountain-D’Evelyn football game was a rematch in name only as the visiting Jaguars routed the Huskies, 58-7, in Edwards.
There was faint, if any, resemblance to last year’s first-round, state-playoff game, in which D’Evelyn roared back to win, 40-38, down at Trailblazer Stadium in Denver last November.
The breakdown is simple. The Huskies, who went 9-2 last year and captured the program’s first postseason berth since 1993, graduated 17 seniors from that squad, while D’Evelyn returns 21 seniors in 2012 and is ranked No. 2 in the state. The difference in experience showed.
The pass-happy Jaguars turned to the run on their first drive of the evening. The Huskies’ defense actually backed D’Evelyn into a third-and-15, but Jaguars quarterback Cody Marvel took advantage of some poor Huskies’ tackling, gaining 13 yards. D’Evelyn converted on fourth down, and Marvel punched it in from 4 yards out for a 7-0 lead.
Battle Mountain quarterback Jack Harty was picked in his first passing attempt, and D’Evelyn needed just four plays to find the end zone. Marvel hooked up with Connor Mateer for 33 yards. Two plays later, D’Evelyn’s Ian Lewis scored on a 1-yard plunge.
Come the second quarter, Battle Mountain’s defense got D’Evelyn into long-yardage situations twice on the same drive, but could not close the deal against a veteran offense. The Jags were golden on a third-and-10 (a 24-yard pass to Anthony Porreco) and fourth-and-11 (a 21-yard pass to Connor Skelton). Marvel capped the drive with a 2-yard strike to Mateer.
D’Evelyn’s special teams came through with a blocked punt after Battle Mountain’s possession, giving its offense the ball on the Huskies’ 9. Marvel called his own number. He fumbled the ball, but Skelton recovered for the score.
With 1:27 left in the half, Marvel and Skelton hooked up for a more conventional 9-yard score. D’Evelyn ended the half by turning a Battle Mountain fumble into a 29-yard field goal from Skelton.
The Jaguars started the second half off quickly with a 52-yard bomb from Marvel to Skelton to make it 45-0, kicking in the running-clock rule.
The Huskies understandably struggled with the basics. They lost the battle in the trenches on both sides of the ball. However, against D’Evelyn’s second team, the Huskies showed some sparks, stopping a third-quarter Jaguars drive, and stringing together a few first downs offensively. That bore fruit with 7:20 left in the game when Clayton Belcher rambled for 23-yard score for the Huskies’ first touchdown of the season.
Battle Mountain is at Summit County next week.
D’Evelyn 14 24 14 6 – 58
Huskies 0 0 0 7 – 7
D – Cody Marvel, 4 run, KNG, 5:23
D – Ian Lewis, 1 run, run good, 3:31
Second quarter- –
D – Marvel to Connor Mateer, 2 pass, KG, 9:37
D — Connor Skelton, fumble recovery in the end zone after a 9 run from Marvel, KG, 7:21
D – Marvel to Skelton, 9 pass, KG, 1:27
D – Skelton, 29-yard field goal, 22.6
D – Marvel to Skelton, 52 pass, KG, 11:48
D – Dalton Hooks, 52 run, KG, 0:00
B – Clayton Belcher, 23 run, KG, 7:20
D – Braden Carlton to Zach Shoemaker, 33 pass, KNG. 3:12
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