Herder football upsets No. 6 Jefferson 14-13

J.V. Moody might not pay attention to the rankings much, but those who vote are paying attention to him and his squad. 

The Sweet Grass County High School football team moved into the top 10 in Class B rankings, according to 406sports.com, a widely accepted ranking system across Montana. 

The Herders got there after a 14-13 upset win at then-No. 6 Jefferson on Sept. 29. The Panthers (5-1, 3-1 South District) went for a 2-point conversion with 43 seconds remaining in the game, but the Herder defense dropped the running back for a two-yard loss.

“I was kind of surprised at their move,” Moody said. “The general rule is usually you try to tie the game because you have that home momentum right at the end. But I was surprised they came out and tried to go for two.”

Like it had so many times before, the defense was the key to victory.

The Panthers outscored opponents 152-27 leading up to the game against the Herders (3-3, 2-2 South District), but found the end zone just twice, while giving up as many scores to the opposition. 

“Our defense stepped up and stopped them,” Moody said. “Our kids were just up to the challenge and stayed with them. We knew it was going to be a physical game coming in. But that’s one thing I really respect about this bunch of kids, they just want to go out there and play their game.”

It was no doubt the Panthers would try to run the ball, as Hayden Guisti rushed for 119 yards and a score, and Nate Brunett coupled the night with 100 more yards on the ground. 

But SGHS’s John Rennie had his second-straight 100-plus-yard rushing game, as he went for 121 yards on 21 carries and both scores. 

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By STEPHEN KALB-KOENIGSFELD / Pioneer Staff Writer

 

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