CHINOOK — There were a handful of good games around the Hi-Line this weekend, but none as dramatic as what went down in Chinook.
Friday night in Chinook, the Northern C 8-Man conference title was on the line. Both the No. 1 Sugarbeeters and No. 7 Chester/J-I Hawks came into the game undefeated at 6-0 in league play. And with everything on the line, it took three overtimeS before the defending state champion Beeters came away with the 42-34 victory.
With just five seconds left in regulation the Hawks thought they had the game in the bag. Quarterback Leonard Pugsley connected with Erik Kelly for a 15-yard score, and after a failed conversion, the Hawks held a 20-14 lead.
But five seconds was plenty of time to score for the Beeters when housing a return man like Ben Stroh. The Hawks sent a squib kick right down the middle of the field, kicking away from stroh who was deep, but in a heads up play, the Beeters Jorrell Jones scooped up the ball and tossed back it to Stroh who reversed field and blew by the Hawks’ cover team. The Beeters also failed on the conversion, but tied the game at 20-20 and earned a shot at the win in overtime.
But it took three overtimes before a winner was crowned.
In the first overtime the Beeters’ Brandon Riphenburg reeled in a 10-yard pass from Zach Molyneaux, which was then answered by the Hawks’ Pugsley scrambling for a 12-yard TD run. Both teams failed on the conversion and took a 26-26 tie into the second overtime. In the second OT period, the Hawks’ Kelly punched in a two-yard run, and this time it was the Beeters’ Stroh who answered with a 10-yard reception. This time both the Beeters and Hawks converted after the score and now took a 34-34 tie into the third overtime period.
In the third overtime, things would finally be settled. Chinook got the ball first and a scrambling Molyneaux was able to find the end zone from two-yards out.
Stroh was able to find pay dirt on the conversion to give the Beeters a 42-34 lead. The Hawks then got their chance in the third overtime, but failed to convert. On the first play of the drive Pugsley was picked off by Molyneaux in the end zone to give Chinook the win.
Chinook was led by Stroh who rushed for 127 yards on 21 carries. Stroh also scored four times, including touchdown runs from three and 38 yards out. Stroh also reeled in a 10-yard TD catch and returned the kickoff at the end of regulation for a 45-yard touchdown.
Kelly led the way for the Hawks. He scored three touchdowns, including runs from three and two-yards out, as well as reeled in a TD pass from 15 yards out. Pugsley also scored on a five-yard run in the game.
It is safe to say that both teams left everything on the field on Friday night. They were both playing to maintain their undefeated schedule and both were up against their biggest test of the season thus far.
On Wednesday the Beeters will play their regular season finale at 6 p.m. in Chinook against Sunburst. And the Hawks will face Fort Benton on Saturday at 7:30 in Chester.
Chester/J-I 8 0 6 6 6 8 0 — 34
Chinook 6 0 8 6 6 8 8 — 42
C/J-I — Erik Kelly 3 run (Mike Henke pass from Leonard Pugsley)
CHI — Ben Stroh 41 run (pat failed)
C/J-I — Leonard Pugsley 5 run (pat failed)
CHI — Ben Stroh 38 run (Zach Molyneaux run)
C/J-I — Erik Kelly 15 pass from Leonard Pugsley (pat failed)
CHI — Ben Stroh 45 kickoff return (pat failed)
CHI — Braondon Riphenburg 10 pass from Zach Molyneaux (pat failed)
C/J-I — Leonard Pugsley 12 run (pat failed)
C/J-I — Erik Kelly 2 run (Erik Kelly pass from Leonard Pugsley)
CHI — Ben Stroh 10 pass from Zach Molyneaux (Zach Molyneaux run)
CHI — Zach Molyneaux 2 run (Ben Stroh run)
Big Sandy 66, Heart Butte 32
On Saturday the prep football action continued with three more Hi-Line matchups.
The No. 7 6-Man Big Sandy Pioneers grabbed another dominating win on the road when they defeated Heart Butte 66-32 in Northern C play. And with the win the Pioneers improved to 5-0 in league play and 6-1 overall.
A 20-0 first quarter helped the Pioneers to jump out to a quick lead, and they never looked back as Zach Leader was the hero this weekend with four touchdown passes for the Pioneers. Leader connected with Lane Martin on a 35-yard score, Davis Tuttle on a 72-yard score, Colter Darlington on a 20-yard pass and Darlington on a 50-yard pass.
Jesse Bailey also scored three times on the ground for the Pioneers. Bailey scored on a 30-yard rush, a 60-yard rush and a 45-yard rush. Kasey Martin also scored on an 18-yard run, Justin Stevens scored on a 20-yard run and Kyle Strutz scored on an eight-yard run.
Big Sandy will play on Wednesday when they take to the road to face Geraldine/Highwood.
Big Sandy 20 32 6 8 — 66
Heart Butte 0 20 0 12 — 32
BS — Jesse Bailey 30 run (Dallas Briese kick)
BS — Lane Martin 35 pass from Zach Leader (kick failed)
BS — Davis Tuttle 72 pass from Zach Leader (kick failed)
BS — Kasey Martin 18 run (kick failed)
HB — Mac Momberg 30 run (run failed)
HB — Tyler Still Smoking 22 run (Jacey AimsBack kick)
BS — Colter Darlington 20 pass from Zach Leader (Dallas Briese kick)
HB — Mac Momberg 70 run (kick failed)
BS — Jesse Bailey 60 run (kick failed)
BS — Justin Stevens 20 run (kick failed)
BS — Kyle Strutz 8 run (kick failed)
BS — Jesse Bailey 45 run (kick failed)
HB — Mac Momberg 25 run (kick failed)
BS — Colter Darlington 50 pass from Zach Leader (Jace Sols kick)
HB —Tyler Still Smoking 8 pass from Mac Momberg (run failed)
Stanford-Geyser 61, North Star 12
The Northern C 6-Man North Star Knights suffered another tough conference loss on Saturday as they still hope for a playoff berth, now with a record of 3-4 overall.
Playing in Rudyard, the Knights fell behind 20-6 in the first quarter. And after scoring one last time in the third quarter, the Knights just weren’t able to keep pace.
Jordy Donoven scored on a 60-yard reception from Cooper Spicher and again on a 34-yard pass from Spicher.
The Knights will play their last game of the season in Rudyard on Wednesday when they host Valier.
SG 20 7 28 6 — 61
NS 6 0 6 0 — 12
SG — Dylan Woodhall 26 run (PAT failed)
SG — Lander Ridgeway 12 blocked punt return (PAT failed)
SG — Dylan Woodhall 16 run (Shad Connerton kick)
NS — Jordy Donoven 60 pass from Cooper Spicher (PAT failed)
SG — Shad Connerton 5 pass from Metcalf (Dylan Woodhall run)
SG — Dylan Woodhall 52 run (PAT failed)
NS —J ordy Donoven 34 pass from Cooper Spicher (PAT failed)
SG — Dylan Woodhall 68 run (Shad Connerton kick)
SG — Dylan Woodhall 8 run (PAT failed)
SG — Shad Connerton 7 run (Shad Connerton kick)
SG — Bart Vaskey 15 fumble return (PAT failed)
Plentywood 55, Harlem 0
Harlem also suffered another tough loss in Class B play on Saturday.
This time around the Harlem Wildcats were shutout by Plentywood, suffering a 55-0 loss at home and fell to 1-6 on the season.
The Wildcats will play again on Friday when they go on the road to face Shelby.
Plentywood 21 14 21 0 — 55
Harlem 0 0 0 0 — 0
P — Cody Lindblom 50 pass from Rob Nyby (Zach Wang kick)
P — Nyby 49 run (Wang kick)
P —Jackson Marsh 48 run (Wang kick)
P — Nathan Woodman 62 run (Wang kick)
P — Nyby 35 run (Wang kick)
P — Nyby 42 run (Wang kick)