For many teams across the Hi-Line this weekend kicked off the 2011 football season.
But for the Northern C 8-Man Chinook Sugarbeeters, this was week two, which meant another dominating win in an attempt to repeat as the Class C state champions.
On Friday the Beeters were on the road in Fort Benton, facing the Longhorns. And while many fans across the state figured the Longhorns to be a true test, the Beeters passed with flying colors. Chinook jumped out to a 22-9 first quarter lead, and stretched the deficit to 52-9 at the halfway point. The Beeters added two more scores in the second half to grab the 66-16 win.
Ben Stroh was the big name making headlines again this weekend. Stroh rushed for 174 yards and found his way into the endzone three more times. He scored in the first quarter on a 79-yard kick return, before scoring twice in the second quarter. Stroh scored on a 25-yard run and a 19-yard run to cap off another big night on the gridiron.
Zach Molyneaux also had another huge outing. Molyneaux scored four touchdowns for the Beeters, including his longest on a 25-yard rushing score in the second quarter. Molyneaux also scored on a six-yard run, a two-yard run and a seven-yard run.
Robby Klingaman and Jacob Maclean added one touchdown each as the Beeters moved to 2-0 on the season. Chinook will play again on Saturday when they host Cascade in Chinook.
Fort Benton 9 0 7 0 — 16
Chinook 22 30 8 6 —66
CHI – Robby Klingaman 12 run (run good)
FB – 25 FG
CHI – Zach Molyneaux 6 run (run good)
FB – Brady Farwick 62 pass (pass failed)
CHI – Ben Stroh 79 kick off return (run good)
CHI – Zach Molyneaux 2 run (run good)
CHI – Ben Stroh 25 run (run failed)
CHI – Ben Stroh 19 (run good)
CHI – Zach Molyneaux 25 run (run good)
FB – Riley DeBruycker 3 run (Reichelt kick)
CHI– Zach Molyneaux 7 (run good)
CHI – Jacob Maclean 18 run (run failed)
Chester/J-I 58, Sunburst 14
The Northern C 8-Man Chester/J-I Hawks also had a huge win on Friday night in Chester, as they went on to defeat the rival Sunburst Refiners 58-14 in their season debut.
The Hawks put up 18 points in the first quarter and 14 in the second to take a 32-0 lead at the half. And the Hawks went on to score 20 more in the third and six more in the fourth to, making the win more and more dominant with every point.
“The win was good,” C/J-I head coach Jim Vinson said. “I think we knocked a little bit of rust off and I was very pleased with the kids. Game one of the season you sometimes expect a couple sloppy moments, but I don’t think we played sloppy football. We were very well disciplined.”
Mike Henke scored three times and Leonard Pugsley had his hand in three more scores for C/J-I. Henke reeled in a 49-yard pass from Pugsley for a score, as well as a 65-yard pass from Pugsley for a score. Henke also returned an interception for a 25-yard score. Pugsley also had a 32-yard run for a score to help lead the Hawks past the Refiners.
Erik Kelly also scored twice for the Hawks, while Cole Tempel also added a touchdown. Kelly’s touchdowns came on a 59-yard run and an eight-yard run, while Tempel scored on a two-yard rush.
The Hawks’ defense was stiff Friday night and didn’t allow a score until 4:21 was left in the third quarter. The other Refiner touchdown came in the fourth quarter when the game was already well tucked away.
Chester now sits at 1-0 on the season and will take to the road on Saturday to face Centerville.
Sunburst 0 0 6 8 — 14
C/J-I 18 14 20 6 — 58
C/J-I – Leonard Pugsley 62 punt return (run failed)
C/J-I – Erik Kelly 59 run (run failed)
C/J-I – Mike Henke 49 pass from Leonard Pugsley (run failed)
C/J-I – Leonard Pugsley 17 run (Erik Kelly run)
C/J-I – Erik Kelly 8 run (run failed)
C/J-I – Cole Tempel 2 run (Lane Harmon run)
SB –Scotty Bye 17 run (pass failed)
C/J-I – Mike Henke 25 interception return (run failed)
C/J-I – Mike Henke 65 pass from Dustin Romain (pass failed)
C/J-I – Leonard Pugsley 32 run (pass failed)
SB – Justin Haushulz 41 pass from Bye (Haushulz pass from Bye)
Hot Springs 46, North Star 0
Saturday in Hot Springs, the Class C 6-Man North Star Knights weren’t as fortunate in their season opener, as they fell to Hot Springs 46-0.
The Savages came out and jumped all over the Knights, posting 14 quick points in the first quarter. They added 24 in the second and eight in the third, as the Knight got shutout in their season opener.
North Star gave up a score on a kick return, as well as three rushing touchdowns and two in the air as the Knights’ defense had their hands full all afternoon.
The Knights (0-1) will host Augusta on Saturday.
North Star 0 0 0 0 — 0
Hot Springs 14 24 8 0 — 46
HS — Wyatt Nagy 70 kickoff return (kick failed)
HS — Mike Gray 3 run (Jonas Pahlke kick)
HS — Mike Gray 1 run (Jonas Pahlke kick)
HS — Dave Cross 18 pass from Tanner Hoff (Jonas Pahlke kick)
HS — Dave Cross 23 pass from Tanner Hoff (Jonas Pahlke kick)
HS — Wyatt Nagy 41 run (Jonas Pahlke kick)
Big Sandy 36, Terry 12
The Big Sandy Pioneers were also in action on Saturday, but brought a win back to the Class C 6-Man column. The Pioneers defeated Terry 36-12 in Big Sandy, giving them a 1-0 start to the season.
Trevor Lackner was a monster through the air on Saturday for the Pioneers. Lackner passed for four touchdowns, including a 15 yarder, a 40 yarder, a 48 yarder and a 37 yarder. Lackner also returned a punt 40 yards for a touchdown.
Justin Stevens was on the receiving end of two of Lackners’ touchdown passes (40 yards and 37-yards), and also punched in a rushing touchdown from two-yards out.
Zack Leader also scored, grabbing the 15-yard pass and score from Lackner, while Dallas Briese grabbed the 48-yard touchdown pass from Lackner.
Big Sandy is 1-0 on the season and will travel to Savage on Saturday.
Terry 0 6 0 6 — 12
Big Sandy 12 12 6 6 — 36
BS — Justin Stevens 2 run (kick failed)
BS — Zack Leader 15 pass from Trevor Lackner (kick failed)
Terry — Sergey Fredrickson 45 run (kick failed)
BS — Justin Stevens 40 pass from Lackner (failed)
BS — Dallas Briese 48 pass from Lackner (run failed)
BS — Justin Stevens 37 pass from Lackner (pass failed)
BS — Trevor Lackner 40 punt return (kick failed)
Terry — Tyler Forcella 9 run (failed)
Note: The 1B Harlem Wildcats had a forfeit on Friday against Conrad. The Wildcats didn't have enough players who had the mandatory 10 practices to compete in the first game of the season.