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Football: Battle Mountain passes by Aspen

Dale Strode
The Aspen Times

Demetrius Parrish put a new spin on the Aspen-Vail rivalry.

Parrish, the junior quarterback for Battle Mountain, threw three touchdown passes Friday night to lead the Huskies to a 21-11 victory over the Skiers on a drizzly homecoming night at Aspen School District Stadium.

The lanky 6-1, 155-pounder threw two TD passes in the second quarter after Aspen had taken a 3-0 lead on a John Heaphey 36-yard field goal.

Parrish lofted a 35-yard touchdown pass to Adam Jones for Battle Mountain's first score. He had connected with Josh Williams on a 28-yard completion earlier in the drive.

The Huskies pushed the halftime lead to 14-3 on a 3-yard touchdown pass from Parrish to Wyndham Miller on a drive set up by a 33-yard punt return by Noah Shamis. Parrish connected with Owen Riley for a 32-yard gain to set up the TD pass.

But the Skiers, who were stymied in the first half by fumbles and an active Battle Mountain defense, answered with a big punt return of their own — 29 yards from Matt Gregory, leading to a 31-yard touchdown run on a reverse by Aspen's Harry Ferguson.

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Aspen senior quarterback Tyler Tick, back in the lineup after missing last week's game, passed to Ferguson for a two-point conversion, and the Skiers pulled to within 14-11 with 6:10 to play in the third quarter.

Early in the fourth quarter, the Aspen offense moved from its own end and into Battle Mountain territory, helped by an 11-yard completion from Tick to Nicky Cottrell.

But on third-and-long, Battle Mountain's Cas Sheridan tipped away a pass intended for Evan Morris, forcing the Skiers into a punting situation.

Heaphey, after a bad snap, nearly had the punt blocked but managed a rugby-style kick that settled at the 41-yard line of the Skiers.

Parrish sealed the rivalry victory for the Huskies when he led a scoring drive of nine plays covering said 41 yards.

The big play was a third-down conversion when he scrambled 16 yards for a first down.

Parrish, on fourth down, tossed his final TD pass of the game — a 3-yarder to Chase Keep, who kicked the conversion for the 21-11 final margin. Parrish ended the night 6 of 19 with no interceptions for 156 yards and three touchdowns.

Tick led Aspen's comeback bid with three key completions for 36 yards in the second half.

Ryan Fitzgerald, Aspen's leading rusher who was limited by injury, still managed 73 yards on 19 carries against the Huskies, who improved to 4-2 overall and 3-0 in the Western Slope North League.

The Skiers moved to 3-4 overall, 1-2 in conference.

In other area games Friday, Roaring Fork beat valley rival Basalt 14-10.

dstrode@aspentimes.com