Pueblo County stings the Huskies, 47-7
Battle Mountain football
Hornets 7 21 7 12 — 47
Huskies 0 7 0 0 — 7
P — Troy Keys, 7 run, KG, 3:18
P — Keys, 31 run, KG, 4:56
B — Demetrius Parrish to Noah Shamis, 2 pass, KG, 2:51
P — J.J. Muniz, 5 run, KG, 2:29
P — Muniz, 5 run, KG, 0:45
P — Keys, 4 run, KG, 3:42
P — Vince Sefcovic, 7 run, run failed 4:25
P — Joey Paradiso 38 run, run failed, 0:44
EDWARDS — It was a sour end to a very sweet season.
Pueblo County dashed any hopes of a Battle Mountain’s playoff berth with a 47-7 win over the Huskies on Friday night in Edwards.
That the Huskies, 0-10 a year ago, were even in playoff contention is a statement of how far they have come this season under new coach Kevin Meyer. Battle Mountain finished 6-3 overall and as champions of the 2A Slope North, and has clearly laid a foundation for the future.
It also gives Battle Mountain an indication of the work that it needs to do during the offseason to compete at the 3A level
Defense strong early
Battle Mountain’s defense did a good job of keeping the Huskies in the game during the first half. Sam Carlson, who’s had a nose for the ball all season, came up with a fumble recovery during the first quarter. Wyatt Harwood forced another fumble, and junior Anthony Romero came up with the turnover.
But the Hornets dominance in the trenches was showing. Pueblo County quarterback Troy Keys broke off a 38-yard run late in the first quarter. Five plays later, he called his own number for 7-0 lead.
Keys was back at it with 4:56 left in the half with a 32-yard scamper. The Huskies did manage a drive with a highlight reel run by Demetrius Parrish. The next play, Parrish threw a gorgeous ball to Chase Keep for a 41-yard gain. Parrish dialed up a pass Noah Shamis for 2 yards on the touchdown.
Pueblo’s Elijah Martinez caught the ensuing kickoff on the 1-yard line and appeared to back into the end zone, looking for a touchback. He did not kneel down, but started down field. The Huskies seemed to stop playing, thinking it was a touchback, but Martinez was racing down the field.
Battle Mountain’s coaching staff was livid, but by the time Martinez was tackled and the Huskies got an unsportsmanlike-conduct penalty, Pueblo was on the Huskies’ 5.
J.J. Muniz ran it for the score and a 21-7 lead for the Hornets. Battle Mountain, clearly flustered, fumbled and Pueblo went about business, needing only three plays to score — Muniz, again — and the Hornets had turned a 14-7 game into 28-7 lead within a two-minute span late in the second quarter.
In the second half, the Huskies defense continued working with Wyndham Miller coming up with a fumble and Harwood getting an interception.
Before the game, Cas Sheridan, Jon Roulon, Aiden Stege, Owen Riley, Miller, Jared Gustafson, Hismael Pinkerton, Carlos Martinez, Ryder Olle, Misael Almanza, Carlson, Chestley Baxter and Josh Williams took their senior bows.
Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934, firstname.lastname@example.org and @cfreud.
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