Tigers pound Battle Mountain 51-7 in season opener
Vail, CO Colorado
FARMER’S KORNER, Colorado ” One player certainly can’t win a football game by himself. But Friday night, Summit High running back Talon Roggasch showed that one player can definitely set the tone.
Roggasch racked up 127 receiving yards, had a 99-yard kick off return for a touchdown, blocked a punt and threw for a score, helping the Tigers to a 51-7 win over Battle Mountain at Tiger Stadium.
“You gotta just keep going forward,” Roggasch said of his mentality with the ball.
Receiving the opening kick off on the Tigers’ 1-yard line, Roggasch busted past his wedge of blockers and ran virtually untouched 99 yards down the right sideline to put Summit on the scoreboard only 14 seconds into the game.
“That was a great way to start the game,” Tigers head coach Dylan Hollingsworth said. “I was really excited about that.”
Battle Mountain fought right back, however, with running back Jon Simpson pounding the ball inside for quick gains on the Huskies’ first possession.
Battle Mountain capped off its drive when junior quarterback Parke Robbins broke to the corner of the end zone to tie the score at seven.
Unfortunately for the Huskies, that would be the last time they put any points on the scoreboard.
On their second possession, the Tigers waited all of three plays before senior quarterback Landon Greve threw a strike to receiver Bobby Daigle up the right sideline for a 53-yard touchdown. After Greve tacked on his second extra point, the Tigers led 14-7.
After Battle Mountain threw an interception on the next possession, Tigers fullback Jordan Sitkoski took a handoff up the middle and broke loose for a 44-yard score.
“The line did what they had to do. I had good blocks and the hole opened up for me. I didn’t have to do too much,” Sitkoski said.
The Tigers then blocked two straight punts, the second of which went out the back of the end zone for a safety. After the safety, junior running back Cody Thomas scored on a 16-yard run, and the route was on.
Friday night marked the start of the season for both squads, and neither team’s head coach was overly pleased with how the game panned out.
“It’s pretty simple,” Battle Mountain head coach David Joyce said following the lopsided defeat. “When you have two punts blocked, throw a pick and get a kickoff run back on you, all in the first half, it’s hard to win a football game.”
Though the Tigers pounded the Huskies into submission with big play after big play, Tigers head coach Dylan Hollingsworth wanted to see more out of his team.
“We did some good things,” he said. “Even though we scored a lot of points, I wasn’t happy with our overall game. We had some long runs and passes, but we didn’t sustain things very well.”
Sitkoski and Greve lead the Tigers in rushing, each with 53. Greve was also 8-16 passing for 159 yards and three touchdowns (one rushing). The Tigers gained 202 yards on 19 carries in the game.
Battle Mountain (0-1) heads to Palisade Thursday night.