Longhorns wobble in Warrior defeat
Battle Mountain came toppling out of its bye week, but steadied to defeat visiting Whittell 33-14 and move one game closer to a 2A title showdown with Lovelock in two weeks.
The Longhorns’ Tim Andersen rushed for a career-high 232 yards and four touchdowns on 19 carries to lead Battle Mountain (3-1, 6-1), which trailed until Scott Bullock made a 30-yard field goal to put the Longhorns up 10-8 at the half.
“It was very satisfying, more so than Tonopah … to play against a playoff team and play that well,” said Warrior head coach Mike Evans.
Whittell had 120 yards in the air, compared with Battle Mountains’ 23, and fumbled once.
Casey Canto, moved from guard to running back after an injury to rushing leader Alex Swearingen last week, led Whittell (1-4, 2-5) with 68 yards on 21 carries. Quarterback Nick Lowe completed 8 of 21 passes for 120 yards and a touchdown. Brian Jones caught six passes, including a 4-yarder for a TD from Lowe, who then ran for a 2-point conversion to put the Warriors up 8-7 with 1:36 left in the first half.
Andersen had run 80 yards for a score on a counter play in the second quarter, but Battle Mountain fumbled the ball away twice in the first half and had another drive cut short by a 26-yard loss on a bad snap from center.
Andersen had touchdown runs of 8, 59 and 3 yards, and Bullock added a 36-yard field goal in the fourth quarter. Mike Ramsdell had 60 yards on nine carries and played well at linebacker even though he was suffering from the flu.
“We really looked rusty after the week off,” Battle Mountain coach Jay Huckaby said, “and they jumped off the bus ready to hit. Their kids are so much better athletically and attitudinally from last year (when the Warriors went 0-9).”
Tribune reporter Darin Olde contributed to this report.
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