RPR undefeated in conference play
The RPR Renegades showed up to play last Friday, defeating Northern Cheyenne handily, 51-6, and improving to a 2-0 conference record.
The run game and blocking were essential to overcoming the wet weather, and Coach Derek Marsh felt his team performed well.
He said the defense communicated effectively and pursued the ball.
RPR will continue to work and improve upon the fundamentals and team work, according to Marsh.
This Friday, the Renegades will face the Custer-Hysham Rebels in this year’s homecoming game.
The cold, wet weather did not hamper the Panthers as Park City again proved its dominance on the field, shutting out Broadview-Lavina 73-0.
The Panther defense performed well, forcing three safeties in the first half, one each by Tristen Johnstone, Austin Dennis, and Joshua Seabrook.
Park City’s offense also had an impressive first half, scoring six touchdowns – three rushing by Carson Baker, two by Connor McNeil (one run and one defensive fumble recovery), and one 18-yard reception by Seth Popp.
The second half of play saw four more Panther touchdowns – a defensive fumble recovery by Seth Hammel and three rushing touchdowns, one each by Garrett Zimdars, Troy Fiscarelli, and Tucker Johnstone.
Coach Mark Rathbun said that Friday’s game was a good win for the team, and he was glad that all of his players were able to get playing time.
This Friday, Park City plays the Denton-Geyser-Stanton Bearcats at home, and Rathbun said his team is looking forward to the challenge.
Currently, the Panthers are tied with Ennis for fourth place in the conference with a 3-1 record.
The Cougars struggled last week, falling to the Jefferson Panthers in Boulder 35-6.
After a scoreless first half, Jefferson came alive and scored three unanswered touchdowns, creating a 21-0 score going into the fourth quarter.
The last quarter began much like the previous period, with the Panthers adding two more touchdowns.
The Cougars would not be shut out, however, and quarterback Eddie Foos scrambled for an 18-yard touchdown late in the game. Foos ended the game with 142 passing yards, completing 18 of 32 attempts.
Leading the run game for Columbus were Carson West and Kenneth Smith, with 17 and 16 yards, respectively.
The Cougar receiving corps was led by Tommy Campbell with 53 yards, followed by Dylan Raihl with 39 yards and West with 35 yards.
Defensively, Michael Jacobson performed well, leading the team with nine tackles (four solo and 10 assists). Foos and Campbell each had seven tackles (four solo and six assists).
The Cougar defense forced an impressive four turnovers – Jacobson recovered a fumble, Raihl had two interceptions, and Dylan Wyllie intercepted one Jefferson pass. Unfortunately, those turnovers were not converted into points.
Coach Blake Hoge acknowledged his team’s struggles against the Panthers, saying that while Jefferson was a good team, the Cougars did not do themselves any favors.
Offensively, the team was not on the same page, and defensively, Columbus struggled to stop straight-ahead runs, Hoge explained.
“We had too many penalties, too many missed opportunities, and not enough big plays,” he said.
Hoge feels his team has the potential to play very well, as has been evident at various moments during this season’s games, but the Cougars need to maintain that high level of play throughout four quarters.
Going into this week’s homecoming game against Red Lodge, Hoge said he will move some players around and shift a few new guys into the lineup in an attempt to change things and find the right combination.
The Rams are also win-less thus far, and Hoge believes the homecoming game will be a pivotal point in the season, with the Cougars’ performance really setting the tone for the second half games.
The Huskies fell last week to a tough, undefeated Tri-City team, 40-14.
Absarokee has a chance to bounce back this Friday during homecoming against a win-less Broadview-Lavina team.
The Huskies are looking for their first conference win of the season.