By Stu Bownes
Huskies Football will line up against The Rockets of Albert Einstein Academy tonight, Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. The Huskies will be looking to even their season record to 3-3 tonight in a non-league game following a tough loss to Boron last week. Against Boron, the Huskies battled hard in the 1st half keeping Boron out of the end-zone until finally the Bobcats scored with just 7 seconds remaining in the half and converted for 2.
Boron scored first in the second half but the Huskies Steven Orrick was able to break through the middle for a score. The Huskies then converted for 2 suddenly making the score Huskies 8-Boron 16. Anticipation was growing among the Husky Faithful while the Huskies pump level and confidence soared but not for long as Boron took the ensuing Huskies kick-off all the way to pay dirt for their 3rd score of the night. The Huskies hard a hard time holding onto the ball the rest of the game and Boron was able to convert those turnovers into touchdowns. The final score: Mammoth Huskies 8- Boron Bobcats 40.
The loss dropped the Huskies into the 5th spot in the Desert Mountain League Standings as of Sunday, Oct. Oct. 6. Coach Marty Thompson is looking for the Huskies to have a lot of success on offense this week. When I spoke with Marty at practice Tuesday he said that the Huskies would get back on the winning track starting (tonight) and go undefeated for the rest of the season.
The Huskies have several of the Leagues top players including QB #7 Lucas Underkoffler, who is 3rd in passing throwing for 547 yards so far this season. Alex Mueller is second in the league in pass reception yards with 316. Matt Graef leads the DML in tackles with Mueller in the second slot tackling. #85 Ricky Cuellar leads the League in pass interceptions with 4.
There is no JV game this week.
Text Courtesy Coach Morris
The Mammoth Girl’s Volleyball team completed an exhausting but very successful 3 game road trip to Desert (Edwards AFB), Silver Valley and Boron last weekend. The JV Huskies lost a very close 3 game match to Desert 25-11, 15-25 and 10-15. They rebounded well on Friday and Saturday by beating the Silver Valley Trojans 25-18, 25-23 and the Boron Ladycats 25-13, 25-22 improving to 4-1 in Desert Mountain League (DML). The loss to Desert marked the JV’s first DML loss since posting a perfect 12-0 record last season.
The Varsity Huskies started the weekend by defeating Desert in another thrilling 5 set match. Mammoth came out on fire winning the first two sets 25-21, 25-21. The Scorpions struck back taking the next two sets 25-13, 25-22. The Huskies regained their composure, despite the loud Desert home crowd and took game 5 15-10. “We have played Desert three times in less than two weeks”, said Mammoth Head Coach John Morris, “and all three matches went the maximum number of games – fortunately all with good results for us!”
Mammoth faced Silver Valley on Friday night, defeating their Varsity 25-22, 25-22, 25-16. In their Saturday match, the Huskies defeated a determined Boron squad 25-20, 23-25, 25-18, 28-26 to also improve to 4-1 in the DML. “The Silver Valley and Boron matches were not our best efforts, but the team did demonstrate the ability to really pull it together when pressed. The away trips are really hard on the players; they still have to do homework and be prepared to play well despite disrupted sleep, too much fast food, etc. We’re glad to have a couple of weeks of home games,” Morris said.
Notable performers were libero Kira Shultz with 55 serve receptions and 16 digs, middle hitter/blocker Kelly Berger with 38 kills and 18 blocks, middle hitter/blocker Callie Mowat with 18 kills and 11 blocks, opposite hitter Hailey Sanders with 12 kills and 8 blocks, and setter Cassidy Morris with 72 assists.
The Huskies began their home stand against Boron on Oct. 10 and play Vasquez Oct. 12 at MHS.