Double-wing offense returns and Battle Mountain Huskies football beats Steamboat Springs
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — The double-wing lives … and Battle Mountain football is running it.
The Huskies ran it well as they opened the season with a 34-9 win at Steamboat Springs on Friday night during Zero Week action.
The irony is that archrival Eagle Valley ran the ancient, but effective, offense for years. On the other hand, Battle Mountain employed the double-wing during 2011, a 9-2 campaign that included the school’s only postseason appearance since 1993.
Jim Schuppler, now the head man for the Huskies, was an assistant coach for that squad, so, perhaps, the “new” offense isn’t too much of a surprise.
After sending the Sailors packing on a three-and-out, the Huskies started cranking. Nick Walter broke off a 45-yard run to the end zone with 8:16 left in the first quarter.
Midway through the first half, Battle Mountain (1-0) put together a nine-play, 70-yard drive, capped by newcomer Camden Dooley from 10 yards out.
Steamboat Springs’ only offensive opportunity during the first half came when Huskies quarterback Traver Goldberg was sacked and fumbled on his own 1-yardline. To the Battle Mountain defense’s credit, the Sailors only got a field goal out of it.
Battle Mountain answered with a 37-yard field goal from Nelson Ledezma as time expired at the half.
Battle Mountain led 17-3 at the intermission, and added to its lead with its first drive of the second half. Goldberg called his own number for a 14-yard scoring run.
Battle Mountain could run at will, but took to the air as Goldberg hit Jake Bukovich for a 45-yard gain during the fourth quarter. That set up Nelson Ledezma for a 42-yard field goal midway through the fourth quarter.
The Huskies have next week off before heading to Roaring Fork on Sept. 8. Both Eagle Valley and Vail Christian start their seasons next week. The Devils host Kent Denver in Gypsum, while the Saints take on Grand Valley at Battle Mountain.
Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934, firstname.lastname@example.org and @cfreud.