Battle Mountain football rolls past Basalt
EDWARDS — There was a band playing before a Battle Mountain football game.
Not the school marching band, but a band of students (Jasper Stone, Jack Wickum, Michael Evans and Andrew Herrera) playing the Black Eyed Peas’ “Let’s get it Started,” before the Huskies hosted Basalt on Friday night for homecoming. That’s definitely a first for the culture surrounding Huskies football.
The Battle Mountain defense got it started in the second half for a 52-28 victory over Basalt.
With the Huskies leading just 17-14, Ryder Olle crushed Longhorns quarterback Miles Levy for a sack. That resulted in a fumble that Wyatt Harwood scooped up.
Demetrius Parrish dialed up a 26-yard strike to Owen Riley, and Harwood took it the final nine yards on two carries for a score. The point after was blocked, but the statement was made.
Battle Mountain’s defense allowed just one first down on the ensuing possession. The Huskies pushed the lead to 26-14 on a 32-yard field goal by Chase Keep. Noah Shamis had a 42-yard run to set up that score.
The Huskies opened the fourth quarter with Parrish to Cas Sheridan for a 75-yard streak down the right side. Just six seconds later, Parrish seemingly slammed the door shut with a pick-six for 24 yards, and the Huskies were cruising 39-14.
Basalt closed the gap on a long drive, capped by a Richie Guerrero touchdown. The Longhorns surprised the Huskies with an onside kick and turned that into another seven, closing the lead to 39-28.
Just to make sure everyone scored, Riley hauled in a touchdown and the game ended on a 75-yard pick-six by Shamis.
Battle Mountain’s Duke Yarde corralled the next onside kick with 4:41 left.
The Huskies looked like they would cruise early. Parrish-to-Riley seemed like a nice combination on the first drive. They hooked up twice for 40 yards. A shovel pass to Harwood and another 8-yarder by the full back set up Parrish for a 2-yard plunge for a touchdown.
The Huskies made it 14-0 with a picture perfect option pitch from Parrish to Cas Sheridan for 42-yards. That looked like it was straight of Oklahoma during the 1980s.
The Huskies’ defense struggled with Basalt’s rushing game and Longhorns fullback Josue Vigil scored twice. With a Chase Keep field goal, Battle Mountain led only 17-14.
The Huskies rallied late in the second half. In second-and-24 from the Huskies 15, Parrish found Josh Williams across the middle. The Basalt defender tried to go low on Wiliams, which resulted in the latter doing a spectacular flip. The Russian judge gave him a 9.9.
Completions to Harwood and Keep kept the drive going. Harwood ran the ball down to the Longhorns’ 6, but a bad snap stymied the drive.
Battle Mountain moved to 4-0 in the 2A Slope North and can clinch the title outright, one of the requirements for the Huskies to make the 3A playoffs, with a win next week at Coal Ridge.
Battle Mountain won at Aspen last weekend 21-11.
Basalt fell to 2-6, 1-3 with Friday’s loss.
The Longhorns will host Aspen in a rivalry game next Friday night at Basalt High School.
That game, too, will have possible playoff implications.
Aspen enters that game 4-4 overall, 2-2 in the Western Slope North League.
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