By George Ferguson
The playoff season began and ended on Saturday for a couple of area high school football teams and the regular season also came to a close for all area six-man teams.
In Power, the Power-Dutton-Great Falls Central Titans used a powerful rushing attack, and a 30-point second quarter onslaught to take care of the Chester Coyotes 60-20 in first round Class C playoff action.
The Coyotes got on the board early in the first quarter on a 6-yard touchdown pass from Adam Stubbs to Shannon Norick. But the Titans answered right back on a 9-yard Reid Fleshman TD scamper, leaving the game tied at six after the first quarter.
The Titans then scored four times in the second period, but Chester kept pace, getting a 71-yard TD run by Norick and a 5-yard TD run by Mitch Violett. Those two scores kept the Coyotes within striking distance with a 36-20 halftime score.
However, the third quarter belonged to the Titans as they scored 24 unanswered points, and kept the Coyotes out of the end zone for the entire second half.
Power-Dutton-GFC had three running backs break the 100-yard barrier in the game. Jason Black led the way for the Titans, gaining 193 yards and three touchdowns on the ground. Reid Fleishman and Steven Horras also gained over 100 yards on the day. The Titans amassed a whopping 510 yards rushing, while Chester gained 292 yards of total offense. The Coyotes were paced by Norick, who carried the ball 16 times for a 113 yards and one touchdown.
Chester finished the season with a 6-3 record, while the Titans will travel to Wibaux next Saturday for a quarterfinal game. The Longhorns are the No. 1-ranked team in the state and are undefeated on the season.
In Belt, the second-ranked Belt Huskies shut out the Big Sandy Pioneers 36-0 in another Class C first-round playoff tilt.
The Huskies scored 14 points in each of the first two quarters en route to the shutout of the Pioneers.
Sam Leritz and Rikki Miller each scored rushing TDs in the first quarter and Miller and Logan Lewis tacked on touchdown runs in the second period, giving the Huskies a 28-0 halftime lead. Leritz added one more rushing touchdown in the third quarter to close the scoring for Belt.
Belt will now host sixth-ranked Scobey on Saturday while Big Sandy ended the season with a 5-4 record.
The Box Elder Bears closed their first six-man season on a high note as they destroyed the Brockton Warriors 99-0 on Saturday afternoon in Box Elder. The Bears scored 79 points in the first half enroute to the victory.
Quarterback Neal Rossette led the way for the Bears throwing for two touchdowns and rushing for two more. Defensive back Aaron Henry had three interceptions for touchdowns in the victory as well. The Bears finished the 2002 campaign with a 2-7 record.
The Rocky Boy Stars closed their 2002 season on a disappointing note with a 81-26 loss at the hands of the Augusta Elks on Saturday.
The Elks raced out of the gates, scoring three times in the first quarter, and never looked back. Rocky Boy got a pair of 60-yard TD passes from quarterback Dustin Sunchild to wideout Joel Parker. Jesse Cauliflower also ran a kickoff back 70-yards for a touchdown in the loss.
The Stars' season ends with a 1-8 record.