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Scobey Scores 5 Different Ways In Shutout Of Circle Wildcats


Home Opener/Senior Night Is Friday

There are 14 ways to score in a Montana High School Association football game: rushing touchdown, passing TD, kickoff return TD, punt return TD, interception return TD, fumble return TD, blocked field goal return TD, blocked punt return TD (all worth 6 points), field goal (3 points), safety, point after touchdown conversion rush, PAT conversion pass, forfeit (all worth 2 points) and PAT kick (1 point).

In their football season opener Friday, August 27, against the Circle Wildcats in Round Town the Scobey Spartans managed to score just over one-third of those ways in a 44-0 victory.

The first was set up by a Boen Tande 17-yard interception return midway through the first quarter. Two plays later Tande hit Cole Taylor with a short pass and the Opheim High School senior took it 31 yards for a touchdown making it 6-0.

The second way, early in the second quarter, was senior Colter Oie rushing into the end zone from three yards out for a 12-0 score.

After Oie grabbed a short pass from Tande on a wheel route to the left and took it 77 yards for a touchdown and 20-0 lead, he picked off a pass and returned it 36 yards for another 6-pointer.

Taylor wasn’t done scoring and with 2:01 left in the third quarter and the line of scrimmage being the 10-yard line, he blocked a punt so hard it looked like a brown rainbow arcing its way over and out of the end zone, clearing the end line by about a yard for a 28-0 advantage.

Thirteen seconds into the fourth quarter junior running back/defensive back Zakariah Traeholt took a handoff and 13 yards later was in the end zone. He also tallied the 2-pointer for a 36-0 lead.

Seven and one-half minutes later junior Philip Haynes scooped up a ball that was fumbled then rumbled 37 yards for the final touchdown of the night, getting tackled right at the goal line but having the ball barely break the plane. A Braxton Wolfe-to-Tyler Leischner point after touchdown pass produced the final score of 44-0.

The Spartans scored five different ways while their defense, which was in on three of those tallies, allowed 102 yards on the ground and 55 through the air for 157 total. One of the big keys of the night was Scobey’s defenders made the big stops when it mattered most...