Coal Ridge comes up short against Battle Mountain
Coach Trorie Rickert and his Coal Ridge Titans football team took the field for Friday’s home game against undefeated Battle Mountain in search of their first victory of the young 2016 season.
After losses to Meeker, and at Hotchkiss to begin their schedule, a win in the friendly confines of Peach Valley would be just the tonic needed to get the Titan ship sailing in the right direction.
Battle Mountain was not in the mood though to cooperate with Coal Ridge’s aspirations, as running back Charlie Morrow rushed for touchdowns of 82, 31, and 27 yards to lead the visiting Huskies to a convincing 40-16 win over the Titans.
Morrow’s first scoring scamper came at the 9:15 mark of the opening quarter, as he took a handoff from quarterback Robert Redinger and bolted through the right side of the Coal Ridge defensive line, outracing the Titan secondary, to put Battle Mountain ahead 7-0 following Omar Gaspar’s PAT.
Following fumbles by both teams, Coal Ridge senior quarterback Jackson Sargent lofted a perfectly timed pass to the corner of the north end zone that found the waiting arms of Raul Ramirez to give the Titans a quick answer to the Battle Mountain lead.
The PAT was missed, and the score stood at 7-6 in favor of the Huskies.
Battle Mountain stretched their margin to 14-6, after a five play drive was capped by an option pitch from Redinger to Morrow, who took it up the left sideline this time, 31 yards for the score.
Just one minute into the second quarter of play, on a third down and 9 play from their own 25 yard line, Battle Mountain running back Cal Masler got into the act, as he galloped 75 yards untouched to give the Huskies a lead of 21-6.
The Coal Ridge offense had trouble solving the riddle of Battle Mountain’s defensive line all night long, as Titans Jacx Power and Ezequiel Contreras were limited to little or no yardage on rushing attempts.
The Titans did get a turnover break with 2:41 remaining in the first half as Coal Ridge defender Cameron Chacon stripped the ball from Redinger at the Battle Mountain 34 yard line to set up a field goal from Oscar Salazar from 29 yards out to put the halftime score at 21-9.
Coal Ridge would draw no closer though, as Morrow would add his third touchdown of the evening in the third quarter, and Bryce Runckel would add another rushing touchdown for Battle Mountain in the fourth quarter.
The Titans did mount a lengthy drive in the final quarter, which was culminated by a 14 yard touchdown pass from Sargent to Jacob Morgan to provide Coal Ridge with its final score of the evening.
Following the game, Titan coach Trorie Rickert was proud of his team’s effort, but concerned about the little mistakes that need to be taken care of before WSL play begins in two weeks in Aspen.
“We thought we had a good plan going into tonight,” stated Rickert. “We just made too many mistakes. We’ll continue to work and battle and get ready for conference play.”
Coal Ridge (0-3), will take to the road next Friday, as they will pay a visit to the Olathe Pirates in the last nonconference tune up before beginning 2A Western Slope League play on September 30.
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