COLLIDE — The Little Guys, 4th and 5th grades, Football team played Shelby this past week at the football field. No scores were kept. Here, Blake Vandenacre and Nolan Taule have a collision as Taule tried to hand the ball off. I-O Photo by Buck Traxler
Rocky Boy traveled to Conrad on a cool cloudy Saturday for a little football. The Buckaroo’s brick wall defense played well in a 16-0 win that displayed the offenses passing attack.
The defense was led by Colby Ophus(10), Colby VanDyke(7), Dakota Suta(7), Tyler Schultz(6), Javan Carroll(5), Daryl Engelby-Boyle(4), Tristan Diedrich(4), Blaine Berg(3), Tyler Richter(3), Shane Larson(3), and Clark Judisch(3). Judisch and Suta each had an interception and Suta also recovered a Rocky Boy fumble.
Coach Phil Springer commented “Our team goal is to get five or six players in on each tackle and today we were swarming and meeting that goal.”
Offensively fullback Colby VanDyke had three carries for 10 yards, our tailbacks, Javan Carroll and Blaine Berg, split time. Carroll gained 68 yards and a touchdown with a nice PAT run around the end, on 10 carries. Berg gained 13 tough yards and a PAT on 19 carries in his first game at tailback. Clark Judisch gained one yard on one carry and Shane Larson gained 28 yards on three carries. It marked the breakout day for the passing game with Larson completing 5-12 for 141 yards with a 15 yard TD pass to Cordell Wittmier. Tristan Diedrich had two catches for 91 yards with one being a spectacular catch that had him volleyball set a pass and fall to his back to find the ball drop into his hands. Coach Larson felt this play broke the game open for the Bucs.
Quarterback Shane Larson said “We put up 120 yards rushing and 141 yards passing, none of that could have happened without blocking from our line who are Daryl Engelby-Boyle, Tyler Richter, and Kyle Murak, filling in for Sean Brownell who injured his knee right before the game, Tyler Schultz, Colby Ophus, and Josh Breding.”
Coach Larson said “we never know when the big play is going to happen; we just need to be in the right place so we are ready when that big play occurs.”
Coach Kendal Griggs was very happy with the big plays the defense made. “Dakota Suta came ready to play today; he had an interception, a fumble recovery, and a bunch of tackles.”
In the seventh grade game Rocky Boy was short of players due to their academic eligibility rules and played a lot of their huge eighth grade players and dealt the Bucs to a 16-0 loss.
Our young players did a great job just trying to keep it close. They were much more organized and all three coaches saw improvement on both sides of the ball. The offensive line, AJ Bowman, Eric Harwood, Kyle Murak, Hunter Sheperd, Damon Baney, Preston Prewitt, Brenden Kassner, Michael Awtrey, Cale Ostrom, Bradley Vanderbush, Grand Malinak, gave the running backs a little bigger holes to run through.