Palisade blanks Huskies, 43-0
Vail, CO Colorado
GRAND JUNCTION, Colorado ” John Arledge filled in the blanks his Battle Mountain counterpart David Joyce could not or would not mention of the Huskies in a 43-0 loss to Palisade Thursday.
“They’re just young,” said Palisade’s head coach. “They’ve good some good kids but at this point and trying to get better. They’ve got a lot of positives and are going to be tough over time.”
Joyce declined comment to the media after the Huskies’ second loss of the season.
On the field, Palisade had sewn the game up at the end of the first quarter.
Running back Aaron Wagner capped a 12-play, 71-yard opening drive after the Huskies kickoff on a 1-yard touchdown less than five minutes in.
The rest of how the period unfolded is well known to most Huskies’ faithful.
Battle Mountain’s offense runs three ineffective plays, punts, then the opponent scores.
That scenario happened twice in the first. Palisade took a 15-0 lead on a Jake Appling 36-yard pass to Matt Young four plays after punting the ball to the Bulldogs.
It was deja vu three minutes later when Bulldogs fullback Travis Fehlman scored the first of his four touchdowns in the game from seven yards out to go up 22-0.
Still, the Huskies did have one shining moment against Palisade’s first stringers in the first half.
Donnie Cuomo, one of the few upperclassmen on the team, recovered a Palisade fumble on the Bulldogs 38. Josh Kundolf’s 13-yard gain raised hopes on the Huskies’ sideline.
The drive stalled when quarterback Parke Robbins threw back-to-back incomplete passes.
Fehlman ripped pass the Huskies’ over-worked and under-matched defense for a couple more scores before halftime. Then forced the mercy rule into play when his fourth TD of the game turned out to be the final score with 8:43 left in the third quarter.
Playing against the Bulldogs subs, Battle Mountain fashioned a 14-play drive in the fourth stanza from their own 1 to Palisade’s 16 before time expired.
Battle Mountain finally gets its home opener next Friday when it hosts Moffat County at Phelan Field.
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