Colts escape collision with Herders

While just in the second game of the season, the Sweet Grass County football team took one step forward, but one step backward in a 20-6 loss to Class B No. 5 Colstrip on Sept. 1.

When the Colts (2-0) visited last week, the Herders were more than ready to fend off a relentless offense and come up with a Week 2 upset. And it nearly happened.

Each time the Colts looked as if they were on the verge of scoring, the Herder (1-1) defense came up in the most opportune of times. First, it was a fumble recovery on the first drive of the game, at their own 35 yard line. Then, after a 3-and-out punt, the Herders forced turnover on downs at their own 45 yard line.

PHOTO GALLERY: No. 5 Colstrip hangs on versus Herders

“This is a much better team than we played [Aug. 25], but [Colstrip was] worn out. They were worn out,” said Herders’ head coach J.V. Moody. “This offense threw a lot more at us, but we responded pretty well. I think we did play better this week.”

The Herders didn’t stop there. After another delayed drive ending in a punt, Junior Mosness made a leaping grab off a tipped ball to earn the first interception of the game. And with 4:56 left in the first half, John Rennie picked off Colstrip quarterback Joel McRae at the Herder’s 3 yard line; a definite touchdown had he not been there. 

But every time the Herders got the ball back, drives were stalled out. And not to discredit the Colts defense — a team that held Red Lodge to 14 points on Aug. 25 — but the offense often played tug of war with itself in the early goings. 

Four of the first five drives the Herders had were punted away, three of which were preceded by penalties. A blocked 22-yard field goal and a fumbled pitch on a hook-and-ladder play on 3rd-and-22 were the results of the first five SGHS drives before halftime. 

“Too many turnover kind of killed us and a lot of silly penalties that we don’t normally get,” Moody said. “You get what you get though.”

The Herders remained disciplined through the first game of the season against Roundup, a game that saw SGHS players commit just four penalties for 25 yards. But the Colts brought out the worst in the Herders it seemed, as they went backwards four times for 32 yards on Sept. 1.

For more of this story, pick up a copy of next week’s Big Timber Pioneer on newsstands Sept. 7, or subscribe online at bigtimberpioneer.net.

PHOTO CAPTION: Blake Finn (12) scrambles toward the goal line during the first half of the game against No. 5 Colstrip on Sept. 1. The Herders fell 20-6. 

BOX SCORE:

No. 5 Colstrip 20,
Sweet Grass County 6

At Big Timber

Score by Quarters

COL 0 6 6 8 — 20

SGHS 0 0 0 6 — 6

Scoring Summary

First Quarter

No Scoring.

Second Quarter

COL — Cody Blaede 4-yard pass from Joel McRae (KICK no good), 1:50.

Third Quarter 

COL — Chadd Naillon 11-yard run (2-pt conversion failed), :57.

Fourth Quarter

COL — McRae 1-yard run (2-pt conversion GOOD by Naillon), 7:56.

SGHS — Blake Finn 1-yard run (PAT no good), 5:40.

TEAM STATISTICS

SGHS COL

Rsh-yds 29-85 48-243

Comp-Att-Int

10-21-2 9-16-2

Passing 112 96

Total Off. 197 339

Fmb-lost 5-4 5-3

Pen-yds 4-32 4-27

INDIVIDUAL LEADERS

RUSHING — SGHS: John Rennie 11-45, Nathan Baker 2-25, Casey Gunlikson 2-14, Blake Finn 10-0, Orry Carrocia 2-1, #33 1-0, #45 1-0; COL: Chadd Naillon 22-120, Ty Bradley 12-65, Cody Blaede 4-21, Adam Wier 4-15, Joel McRae 4-15, Dawson Buckalew 1-6, Nakoda Siegel 1-1. 

PASSING — SGHS: Finn 10-21-0-112; COL: McRae 9-16-1-96.

RECEIVING — SGHS: Hayden Mosness 2-32, Carrocia 3-23, Gunlikson 1-20, Rennie 2-15, #5 1-14, Baker 1-8. 

By STEPHEN KALB-KOENIGSFELD / Pioneer Staff Writer

 

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