Bulldog kicker Trevyn Roth took us to the House

Bulldog kicker Trevyn Roth took us to the House

Trevyn Roth gave us a great gift Friday night.

The Butte High kicker booted three field goals in the Bulldogs’ 37-14 win at Missoula Big Sky to claim a share of the school record for successful kicks in game.

He shares the record with Chad Hall, who did it in 2002, Dalton Dawson in 1925 and, get this, Shanty House in 1908.

Yes, Shanty House.

“Shanty” is most likely a nickname. We don’t know his real name since Mr. House played at Butte High 110 years ago.

We just know that Shanty House is a great name. It has to rank in the top few in the great history of the Mining City. It can only possibly be topped by his brother Brick S., whom we can only hope was an actual person.

By the way, go ahead and try to get the song Brick House out of your head.

Making the story even better is the fact that Shanty House booted his three field goals in 1908 against team called, get this, the Pickle Binders. They are not to be confused with the Peaky Blinders, but you know a team called the Pickle Binders was full of a bunch of tough dudes.

That is based completely on my “Boy Named Sue” theory.

In 1909, House kicked two field goals in a game against Salt Lake City. He kicked a total of six field goals in his career with the Bulldogs.

We know this because the late Pat Kearney kept pretty solid records on the Bulldogs, and Kearney would never joke when it came to his records or the names. So, we know there really was a guy named Shanty House who played for the Bulldogs.

Little else is known about Mr. House other than he also played basketball for the Bulldogs. His name does not show up in Butte High’s hoops records, probably because nobody kept rebound records back then.

You just know a guy named House is going to own the paint and the glass.

The only other info available in Kearney’s records is that House is on the list of people no longer eligible for the Butte Sports Hall of Fame. He did not receive enough votes over the years.

We do know a lot about Trevyn Roth, though.

He has been Butte High’s part-time kicker the last two years. He is part-time because he is also the best player on the soccer team, from what I can tell.

Roth started kicking for the Bulldogs last year because the team was in a bind when kicker Nathaniel Morin-Ferguson went down with a season-ending injury.

We also know that Roth is good.

Over the summer, Roth was seen on Facebook videos kicking field goals from nearly 60 yards at Naranche Stadium. Sure, he was kicking using a ball holder and nobody was rushing him, but he was kicking them high, far and straight.

They weren’t low screamers like the “Kick Heard ’Round World,” Jake Dennehy’s 46 ¾-yard field goal to beat Bozeman 38-36 in the Class AA State Championship Game in 2012.

Dennehy, by the way, throws out the three fourths like a vertically challenged woman who tells you she’s 5-feet and three quarters inches. He was also a much better kicker that he gets credit for, even though he always maintained he was a linebacker and not a kicker.

And, Jake isn’t a kicker. Kickers are a different breed. They’re usually a little off.

Actually, they’re usually a lot off.

I’ve been talking to kickers on the sidelines of football games for more than 20 years. Most of that is in college because we rarely have a specialist in high school like Roth, who once joked that he doesn’t want to punt because it is too dangerous.

Kickers are usually lonely on the sideline, and they are looking to talk to somebody. My favorites on the Montana Tech sideline over the years were Chris Casne, Dan Kleckner and Matty Berg.

I always asked them what their range was for the day, and I always got an honest answer. Berg would answer with something like, “Well, I can go about 50 this way, but probably only about 45 that way.”

Kleckner thought he could kick it even farther, and he could. He holds Tech’s record after coach Bob Green surprisingly sent him in to set the school record with 55-yard kick in 2005.

When asked why he let the kicker try such a long field goal, the normally conservative Green said, and I’m not sure if he was joking, “I thought they said it was 45.”

Roth provided the best answer when I asked him how his range was during an early-season home game this season.

He though for a second and said, “However far it has to go.”

That statement sums up Roth perfectly.

“He’s full of confidence,” Butte High coach Arie Grey said after Roth tied the record on the wet night in Missoula. “He’s kind of goofy. He’s confident and he’s relaxed, and he knows what he’s doing. That’s what you want. He’s just going to get stronger and better.”

Grey said he could have — probably should have — given Roth even more chances to kick field goals in Missoula, and throughout the season.

“He should have had five, maybe six,” Grey said of the win in the regular-season finale.

Roth, who has embraced his Tourette Syndrome, is a competitor, too. He is a leader of his soccer team, and he knows full well he is the best shooter in the gym when he plays basketball.

He could miss 17 shots in a row from 3-point range — though he hasn’t — and he would still know beyond a shadow of doubt that he is going to make the next one.

It is that kind of special mentality that makes Roth a prime candidate to be a big-time kicker in college football and perhaps beyond. He has schools looking at him now. If they don’t take a chance on him, they will live to regret it.

Plus, he clearly has the physical ability to kick.

I can’t wait to see what Roth does when he focuses on kicking a football.

How you kick a football is much different than how you kick a soccer ball during a game. Butte High assistant coach Eric Zahler, who was the best college kicker I’ve ever seen live, said Roth has to recondition his kicking before every football game.

Still, when he goes onto the field, everyone in the stadium knows Roth is going to make it, especially Roth. He really is that good.

He could line up for a 55-yard field goal Friday in Billings, and I would have faith that he would make it.

But even if Roth never lines up for a game-winning kick like Dennehy or if he never kicks in college, we should always be thankful for what he did in Missoula.

Thanks to Roth, we were introduced to the great Shanty House and his game against the Pickle Binders.

— Bill Foley, whose new favorite team is the Pickle Binders, writes a column that appears Tuesdays on ButteSports.com. Email him at foley@buttesports.com. Follow him at twitter.com/Foles74. Check out his NFL picks on Thursdays.

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