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Steamboat Springs too much for Battle Mountain

Battle Mountain junior Mason Babcock tries to take down Steamboat Springs junior Jack Spady on Friday night in Steamboat.
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STEAMBOAT SPRINGS ” It’s Saturday and the Steamboat Springs High School football team might have just scored again.

Well, not actually, but if you were on Battle Mountain’s side during Friday’s 62-19 rout, it probably feels like it.

The Sailors weren’t driving a Cadillac, a Camaro or a Mustang. Friday, they were steering the Rolls-Royce. They led 35-0 after one quarter, 62-6 at the half and turned a two-hour first half into a 30-minute second half with a running clock because of the mercy rule.



The scoreboard keeper might have had the hardest job of the night. For the record Fraser Egan scored two touchdowns and Joe Dover had three. Alex Wood caught one, threw one and returned a fumble for one. Cody Harris caught his first of the season, Austin Hinder threw two and freshman Garrett Pugh returned an interception 101 yards for a touchdown.

All of that in the first half.



“All the things that we’ve been working on the last two weeks ” the focus on becoming better individuals and better as a team rather than beating the next opponent came to the floor (Friday),” Steamboat coach Aaron Finch said. “What you saw was a lot of big plays.”

To Battle Mountain’s credit, the team never quit. The Huskies got on the board early in the second quarter, behind fleet-footed junior Parke Robbins. Robbins scampered 63 yards for a score to cut the Steamboat lead to 42-6.

Robbins scored again on the Huskies’ first drive of the second half. This time he broke off the right side for a 9-yard touchdown run, to pull Battle Mountain within 62-13. He capped off his night in the fourth quarter when he caught an 18-yard touchdown pass from Jake Engle.



“The ball was bouncing their way tonight. It seemed like everything that went wrong, went wrong for us,” Battle Mountain coach David Joyce said. “In some games, we respond to adversity real well. The Moffat game and the Cortez game, we got down and came back. The Glenwood game and this game, we just couldn’t get anything going. I can’t explain it. But Steamboat played really well.”

Battle Mountain now prepares for Rifle on Friday before welcoming Eagle Valley the next week.

” To reach Luke Graham, call 871-4229 or e-mail lgraham@steamboatpilot.com


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