LA GRANDE, Ore. — Montana Tech rebounded in a big way Saturday.
Jed Fike ran for 167 yards and three touchdowns, and Jet Campbell passed for a pair of scores as the Orediggers rolled to a 35-10 win over Eastern Oregon in a Frontier Conference football game at Community Stadium. (Stats)
The win brings the Orediggers to 1-1 heading into next Saturday’s showdown with Southern Oregon on the Bob Green Field.
The Orediggers built a 21-0 lead on a TD pass of 5 yards to Nate Sander and scoring runs of 3 and 29 yards by Fike.
Eastern Oregon’s Jaiden Machuca booted a 23-yard field goal to make it a 21-3 led at the break.
The Orediggers struck quickly again in the third quarter. Four plays after Justin May recovered a fumble on the EOU 12-yard line, Fike busted into the end zone from 1-yard out.
Trevor Hoffman hauled in a 59-yard touchdown pass from Campbell to make it 35-3 early in the fourth quarter.
Joey Aliff’s 3-yard run midway through the final frame was the Mountaineers lone touchdown.
Fike carried the ball 29 times in the win. He also caught three passes for 33 yards. Blake Counts ran nine times for 29 yards, while Tyler Folkes picked up 21 yards on eight carries.
Hoffman caught three balls for 92 yards. Butte High graduate Kiley Caprara caught two for 27.
Campbell, a converted receiver making his sixth start at quarterback for the Orediggers, completed 9 of 16 passes for 168 yards. He did not throw an interception.
The Oredigger defense was solid front to back, keeping the pressure on Mountaineer quarterback Kai Quinn all game long.
The Orediggers outgained the Mountaineers 394-232, and Tech held Eastern Oregon to just 58 yards rushing.
Jake Orvis and Teddy Croft picked off passes, while Arthur Flynn picked up a sack. Ike Schweikert recovered a fumble and returned it 39 yards.
Sophomore defensive back Logan Kolodejchuk had a huge day, registering 10 tackles, eight of which were unassisted.
Naoki Harmer added eight tackles, while May and Jacob Clarke each got in on five. Tucker Rauthe, Carter Myers and Flynn picked up four tackles apiece.
Eastern Oregon, which beat Southern Oregon on the road last week, fell to 1-2. The Mountaineers play at Portland State next Saturday.