Havre Daily News Sports
The Chinook Sugarbeeters have spent the first half the 2005 high school football season trying to figure out where they fit in the Northern C divisional picture. Six weeks into the season, it shouldn't be a surprise that the Beeters are undefeated and sitting atop the conference standings.
On Friday night, the Beeters took care of one of their final obstacles of the regular season by outlasting previously unbeaten and ninth-ranked Big Sandy, 55-42, in a classic Northern C showdown in Chinook.
Both teams came into Friday night's tilt with top-ranked offenses and even stingier defenses. Offense, however, took center stage as the Pioneers and Beeters raced up and down the field for four quarters.
Chinook had to overcome a halftime deficit of 28-26 after the Pioneers scored 22 points in the second quarter. Kyle Danreuther and Justin Willis gave the Pioneers the halftime lead by scoring three straight rushing touchdowns. Danreuther scored on runs of 6 and 2 yards, and Willis closed the first half by scoring on a 12-yard quarterback keeper.
But the Pioneers could not hold the Beeters' offense down in the third quarter. Adam Hayes scored on a 12-yard run to give Chinook the lead for good, and Chad Beck and Tad Darrah hooked up on a 42-yard touchdown pass play that upped the Beeters' lead to 39-28 heading into the final quarter.
Beck opened the fourth quarter by hauling in a 30-yard touchdown pass from Hayes, and the lead ballooned to 18 points, 46-28, with less than 10 minutes to play in the game. The Pioneers managed a pair of late scores on long touchdown passes by Willis, but they could not overcome the huge fourth-quarter defecit.
Hayes threw for nearly 300 yards to pace the Beeters. He connected on three TD passes and also ran for two more scores. Beck rushed for more than 100 yards and scored a pair of touchdowns. He also caught a pair of TDs from Hayes.
The Pioneers got a huge effort from Willis. The quarterback rushed for a pair of scores and also threw two TD passes.
The win puts the sixth-ranked Beeters alone on top of the Northern C's Northern Division standings at 6-0. Big Sandy is now 5-1 on the season and still in good shape for the second playoff berth from the conference.
The Beeters will now prepare to step out of the conference this week when they travel to Harlowtown to face the Gardiner Bruins on Friday. The Pioneers will stay on the road when they travel to archrival Chester, also on Friday night.
Chinook 55, Big Sandy 42
Big Sandy 6 22 0 14 - 42
Chinook 13 13 13 16 - 55
BS-Willis 2 run (run failed)
CHI-Beck 25 pass from Hayes (Whitney kick)
CHI-Beck 1 run (kick failed)
BS-Danreuther 6 run (Willis run)
BS-Danreuther 2 run (run failed)
BS-Willis 12 run (Jappe run)
CHI-Hayes 12 run (Whitney kick)
CHI-Darrah 42 pass from Beck (kick failed)
CHI-Hayes 2 run (Hayes run)
CHI-Beck 30 pass from Hayes (Whitney kick)
BS-Jappe 58 pass from Willis (Danreuther run)
CHI-Beck 5 run (kick failed)
BS-Pokorny 72 pass from Willis (run failed)
Sunburst 54, Chester/J-I 6
Friday night also saw the Chester/J-I Hi-Line Hawks' chances of making the 2005 Class C playoffs slip away on their home field. The Hawks were throttled by the Sunburst Refiners, 54-6.
Sunburst scored all of its 54 points before Chester/J-I finally got on the board with a 72-yard touchdown pass from Kevin May to Derek Fraser late in the fourth quarter. The Refiners' Mitch Diegel threw three touchdown passes as Sunburst raced out to a 30-0 halftime lead.
The loss drops the Hawks' record to 3-3 overall this season and they are 2-3 in conference play. Chester/J-I will host the ninth-ranked Big Sandy Pioneers on Friday night.
Sunburst 16 14 16 8 - 54
Chester/J/I 0 0 0 6 - 6
SB - Craig Cook 57 pass from Mitch Diegel (John Hovland run)
SB - Reece Clark 3 run (Cook pass from Diegel)
SB - Cook 42 pass from Diegel (Matt Tomsheck run)
SB - Clark 5 run (pass failed)
SB - Tomsheck 6 run (Clark run)
SB - Hovland 37 pass from Diegel (Clark run)
SB - Shane Turner 22 run (Turner run)
C-JI - Derek Fraser 72 pass from Kevin May (run failed)
Centerville 56, Hays-Lodge Pole 0
A long season just keeps getting longer for the young Hays-Lodge Pole Thunderbirds. On Saturday, the T-Birds were routed by the Centerville Miners, 56-0.
The Miners scored 40 points in the first half en route to the easy victory. The Centerville defense also kept an improving Hays-Lodge Pole offense from moving the chains all day long on its way to a shutout. Centerville's Logan Tinson scored three different ways, including a 64-yard kickoff return to begin the game.
The T-Birds fell to 0-6 on the season. Hays-Lodge Pole will visit Rocky Boy on Saturday afternoon.
Centerville 22 18 16 0 - 56
Hays-Lodgepole 0 0 0 0 - 0
C-Logan Tinsen 64 kickoff return (Craig Halko run)
C-Tinsen 2 run (Adam Schilling pass from Halko)
C-Taylor Erdman 30 pass from Kyle Marko (pass failed)
C-Marko 1 run (run failed)
C-Erdman NA pass from Scott Morrison (kick failed)
C-Cardson Young 36 fumble return (kick failed)
C-Tinsen 5 run (Schilling pass from Morrison)
Centerville-Morrison 1 run (Michael Goff pass from Morrison)
North Star 47, Rocky Boy 0
North Star High School's up-and-down season continued on on Saturday afternoon. A week removed from being shelled by Big Sandy, the Knights rebounded with a 47-0 drubbing of Rocky Boy.
The rout was spurred by North Stars' 26-first quarter points and a stingy Knight defense. The Knights opened the game with three straight passing touchdowns, the first of which came when Cody Jurenka hit Cody Donoven for a 16-yard score. Later in the quarter Chase Hadford found Jurenka from 4-yards away and Jurenka answered that TD with another scoring pass, this time finding Shawn Hanson for a 16-yard strike.
The Knights passing game was effective all day as Jurenka threw three of the Knights 5 TD passes. Donoven also reached the end zone on a 25-yard run and Hadford returned a fumble 18 yards for another score.
North Star (3-3, 2-2) will travel to Sunburst on Saturday afternoon. Rocky Boy (1-5, 1-4) will host Hays-Lodge Pole, also on Saturday.
Rocky Boy 0 0 0 0 -0
North Star 26 15 0 6 -47
NS - Cody Donoven 16 pass from Cody Jurenka (Mudd Hadford kick)
NS - Jurenka 4 pass from Hadford (kick failed)
NS - Shawn Hanson 16 pass from Jurenka (kick failed)
NS - Donoven 25 run (Hadford kick)
NS - Shane Rice 3 pass from Jurenka (Hadford kick)
NS - Hadford 18 fumble return (Darius Wendland pass from Donoven)
NS - Adam Chivilicek 13 pass from Cody Beaudry (kick failed)