Chinook crushes C/J-I for third straight win
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Daniel Horton Havre Daily News [email protected]
Hi-Line football got started a little earlier this past week, and while some teams struggled, others thrived. Kicking things off on Tuesday, the North Star Knights hosted the Augusta Elks in 6-man action in Rudyard. But in a game that came down to the wire, the Elks defeated the Knights 41-34. If the Knights could have come away with the win, they would have most likely landed in the No. 3 spot in the conference. But with the loss, they are heading into the postseason as the No. 4 or No. 5 seed. “We have already made the playoffs,” North Star head coach Steve Simonson said. “We were really just looking for a higher seed.” To start the game, the Knights took an 8-0 lead on a 25-yard touchdown pass from Jordy Donoven to Connor Kline. But on two unanswered touchdowns by Rhett Young the Elks took over. First Young scored on a 39-yard run, then followed with a 19-yard rush to put his team up 16-8 after the first quarter. Taking the field in the second quarter, the Knights turned the tables once again and came away with two unanswered scores of their own. Donoven connected with Kline for the second time, but this time from 10 yards out. And to follow, Kline also scored again, this time on the ground on a two-yard rush. Young found the end zone one time for the Elks in the second quarter, but it was enough to send both teams into halftime all knotted up at 22-22. Coming out to start the second half, the Knights weren't able to convert on their only two possessions of the third quarter. And after Young strolled into pay dirt two more times, the Elks took a commanding 35-22 lead with one quarter left to play. In the fourth quarter Knights were playing from behind, and almost pulled off the win. With 7:35 left to play Warren found his way into the end zone on a 71-yard scamper, which came about after reversing the field and a number of broken tackles. The Knights failed the point after attempt and trailed by only seven. But the defense kept them in the running and forced an Augusta punt. On the Knights ensuing possession, Warren came through one more time, scoring on a 60-yard TD pass from Donoven. But with another failed PAT, the Knights were trailing 35-34 with five minutes left to play. But Young had carried the Elks all day, and couldn't be stopped. With 3:08 in the game, Young punched in a oneyard run to extend the lead, and capture the 41-34 win. “Rhett Young is probably one of, if not the best running back in the state.” Simonson said. “He is that good of a football player, trying to stop him is like trying to stop water. Without him in the backfield we win, we just couldn't stop him.” The Knights (4-3) finish the regular season Saturday at winless Heart Butte. The No. 1 Big Sandy Pioneers also played on Tuesday. And on the road, the Pioneers returned home after a dominating win, defeating the Heart Butte Warriors 88-0. The Pioneers jumped out to a 42-0 first quarter lead, and added 34 more in the second quarter to take a 76-0 lead into the half. They then added one more touchdown in the third, and another in the fourth to complete their barrage of touchdowns. Jessey Bailey led the way and had five rushing touchdowns for the Pioneers. And Ryan Miller had two rushing touchdowns of his own, while Trevor Lackner found his way on a 40- yard punt return, a 10-yard rush and a 45-yard punt return. Jess Zieger also had a rushing touchdown, while Dallas Briese had the Pioneers only touchdowns through the air, reeling in a 25 and 6-yard pass from Lackner and Zach Leader. With the win, the Pioneers moved to 7-0, and now gear up to play Valier this Saturday on the road. On Wednesday, the Chinook Sugarbeeters played host to the Chester/J-I Hawks, where the Beeters defeated the Hawks 44-0 for their third straight victory. The Beeters scored their points in only two quarters, but after shutting out the Hawks, the two big quarters were enough. In the first, the Beeters came away with 24 points. Tyler Molyneaux scored on a 10-yard run and a nine-yard run. Willie Miller returned a punt 54 yards and a TD, and Dylan MacLean grabbed a 50-yard toss from Molyneaux for a score. And in the third quarter, the barrage continued. Molyneaux found his way into the end zone again, but this time on a 43- yard run. Robert Stroh also got in on the action, and had two rushing touchdowns in the third for a combined 49 yards. The Beeters improved to 3-4 with the win, while the struggles continue for the Hawks who slipped to 1-6. The Hawks play next this Friday at home, as they will host No. 6 Fort Benton. And the Beeters will also play this Friday, as they prepare to host Sunburst. On Monday night, Harlem traveled to Glasgow to make up a District 2B game which was postponed last Wednesday because of a snow storm on the Hi-Line. In Glasgow on Monday, the Scotties ran away from the Wildcats 55-14. Glasgow scored 28 straight points to open the game and led 28-14 at halftime. Harlem scored twice in the second quarter, the first coming on 24-yard pass from Taylor First Raised to Jeremy Horn. First Raised also cut Glasgow's lead to 14 points when he scored late in the second quarter on a 14-yard run. Still in the game at the half, the Harlem defense couldn't hold the Scotties down. Glasgow exploded for 28 points in the third quarter, including Parker Miller's 18-yard interception return for a score when the Wildcats were trying to drive to pull the game to within seven points. Glasgow's defense also shut out Harlem in the second half. The Scotties rushed for 328 yards on Monday night, while Harlem had just 182 yards of total offense. First Raised threw for 139 yards and a score but was picked off three times. Harlem (1-7) will close out its season on Friday at home against Conrad.