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Spartans One Win Away From 1st State Title Game Since 2002

If one is searching for the turning point of the Thompson Falls at Scobey quarter- final football playoff game,

which the Spartans won 40-24, there might have been two, perhaps even more as anybody who was present has their own opinion when it, or they, occurred.

Played Saturday, November 7, on a cold afternoon at lights-on Plainsmen Field where the wind-chill factor was in the 15-degree-

above range, the West Division Blue Hawks had just marched 73 yards on 11 rushes to knot it at 24-all with 5 minutes left in the

third quarter. Scobey went three-and-punt and Thompson Falls had an opportunity to take the lead. A couple of block-in-the-back penalties and a Parker Cromwell tackle for loss preceded an 18-yard reception and 5-yard rush, setting up a 4thand-6 near midfield. The Blue Hawks tried a pass but Colter Oie snuffed it out and tackled the receiver for a 3-yard loss and the Spartans had the turnover on downs at the Thompson Falls 31.