Battle Mountain continues to state championship round
NEEDLES — The Battle Mountain Longhorns will face Pershing County for the NIAA 2A State Championship after squeaking out a one-touchdown win in overtime on Needles’ Branigan Field Nov. 11. The final score was 36-30.
The Veterans’ Day face off was well attended and loudly cheered by both sides, despite Battle Mountain’s distance from Needles.
Needles ended the first quarter up 8-0 and carried a 22-8 advantage into the locker room at halftime. Battle Mountain caught up with 4:38 left in the third quarter; a score that stood until Needles put their final eight on the board with just under seven minutes to go. Battle Mountain took almost exactly half that time to knot the score at 30. Neither team could break the stranglehold in the three and a half minutes left in regulation.
Overtime, at this level of the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association, is played with each team taking a turn from the 10 yard line until one scores. Needles’ won the toss for first possession but couldn’t punch it in. Dillon Darrow and Josiah Kidd stopped the Longhorn’s Cody Astler with his arm nearly touching the goal line; the boys from Battle Mountain formed a ‘dog pile’ to take it across on the final play.
Look for more details in Wednesday’s print edition of the Needles Desert Star.By ROBIN RICHARDS