In Friday night downpour, Battle Mountain bests Summit football | SummitDaily.com

In Friday night downpour, Battle Mountain bests Summit football

Antonio Olivero and Chris Freud
Colorado Mountain News Media

Despite an exciting play that led to an early 7-0 lead, the Summit Tigers varsity football team fell to the Battle Mountain Huskies by the score of 26-14 Friday night.

Coming off of a bye week, the Tigers took on a 4-1 league opponent in Battle Mountain in downpour conditions. To cap what to that point had been a scoreless first quarter, Summit senior quarterback Brendan Collins connected with senior wide receiver Max Duxbury for a 74-yard score in the final minute of the first quarter, propelling Summit to an early 7-0 lead.

The Huskies offense finally ignited in the second quarter when Victor Ortiz popped a 20-yard run to start the period. Battle Mountains' Traver Goldberg went the rest of the way on this critical drive for the Huskies, including a remarkable run for nine yards and a score. It looked like there was a fumble on the snap, but Goldberg stayed on the ball and with the play, bouncing to the end zone. Battle Mountain's next drive in the second quarter was capped by an Anderson 19-yard saunter to take the lead for the first time at 14-7.

After those couple of Battle Mountain scores, the game then tilted in their favor in the second quarter on a gutsy call from Battle Mountain coach Jim Schuppler. Up 14-7 and facing a fourth-and 23 on the Huskies' 40, Schuppler decided on a fake punt. With Anthony Sanchez lined up for the punt, the short snap went Anderson, who flew 60 yards to the house and a 20-7 Huskies halftime lead.

In the second half, the Huskies closed the deal, albeit in delayed fashion. Battle Mountain started the fourth quarter with the ball and ran 12 plays for 80 yards, eating 6:18 off the clock. Eric Biggs did the honors from 19 yards out for a 26-14 lead and for the eventual final winning margin of the same score.

With the loss, Summit's record on the season drops to 1-5 on the season and 0-1 in 3a Western Slope League play. The Tigers will return home Friday night for a 7 p.m. game versus league opponent Eagle Valley (2-4, 0-1).

Summit Tigers football

Tigers 7 0 7 0 — 14

Huskies 0 20 0 6 — 26

First quarter

S – Brendan Collins to Max Duxbury, 74 pass, (kick good), 0:22

Second quarter

B – Traver Goldberg, 9 run, (pass failed), 10:56

B – Garrett Anderson, 19 run (Goldberg run), 5:06

B – Anderson, 60 run (run failed), 0:46

Third quarter

S – Angel Arrendondo, 42 fumble return, (kick good), 0:00

Fourth quarter

B – Eric Biggs, 19 run, (run failed), 5:42

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