Steamboat survives Battle Mountain, 24-14
EDWARDS — Mitch McCannon does a lot of things for Steamboat Springs, but punt he does not.
But he was the kicker in the punt formation on fourth-and-10 from the Battle Mountain 42-yard line, it was indeed a fake. McCannon got seven yards and, more importantly, a facemask penalty to get a new set of downs.
While Huskies fans may believe that their defense got McCannon’s jersey, the visiting Sailors marched on to the end zone en route to a 24-14 nonconference win over Battle Mountain on Friday night in Edwards.
After the run and penalty, the Sailors had the ball on the Huskies’ 21. Despite being thrown for a loss of three yards, Steamboat quarterback Zach Holm rushed the ball 24 yards in two plays to give his team a 17-6 lead.
But the Huskies did not go quietly. Cass Sheridan had a huge kickoff return to let the Huskies start in Sailors’ territory. Battle Mountain’s Demetrius Parrish completed a 25-yard pass to Adam Jones on a fourth-and-13. That got the Huskies down to the Sailors’ 5 with under five minutes to play.
Despite a procedure penalty, the Huskies still managed to get the game within one score when Parrish hooked up with Chase Keep on a fade pattern into the corner for six. Parrish to Owen Riley was good for the two-point conversion, closing the Sailors’ lead to 17-14.
The Huskies tried the onside kick with 3:40 left in regulation, but Steamboat came up with the ball. The Sailors ran down the clock, and McCannon in his more conventional position rolled for an 11-yard touchdown.
Steamboat finally broke a scoreless first half, starting with a big punt return in the second quarter by McCannon that gave the Sailors the ball on the Battle Mountain 37.
Holm called his own number for nine yards, followed by a 7-yard scamper from McCannon. Steamboat eventually got a first-and-goal from the 10 and Holm found the house for the Sailors.
Battle Mountain answered with a drive for a field goal. Parrish ripped off two runs for 18 yards and then came a 41-yard strike from the junior to Jones. Keep, in his kicking role, split the uprights from 31 yards and the teams went into the break with the Sailors leading 7-3.
Steamboat open the second half with a long drive, including a 41-yard rumble from Scott Lang, but the Huskies’ defense stiffened, holding the Sailors to a Joe Deline field goal from 22 yards.
Keep answered with a 37-yard field goal that was more than long enough, setting up the dramatic finish.
Steamboat (2-1) opens 3A Slope play next week at Delta while the Huskies (1-3) have a bye and then head to Moffat County, which will be Battle Mountain’s debut in the 2A Slope North.
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