Following are the roundups from the first week of the Mining City Little Guy Football League. Games are played at Copper Mountain Park.
Universal Athletic/Game-one Commanders vs. Glacier Bank/CCCS Falcons
Commanders 20 – Falcons 18
The Commanders run defense was outstanding keeping the Falcons out of the end-zone for all of their extra point attempts. The Commanders forced a fumble to allow a chance for a go ahead score on the final play of the second half.
The Commander’s offense rushed for two touchdowns from Ridge Bauer, Jake Janecke. Gavin Wadas recovered a fumble in the end-zone for a TD and followed it up with a 2 point kick.
The Falcons had a fantastic offense performance both on the ground and through the air. The rushing attack was led by Cole O’Connor with two touchdowns and Kolton Knutsen with one touchdown. Gavin Schonsberg had a huge leaping catch over the middle for a first down, Cameron Johnston made a diving catch on the sideline for a first down, and Vincent Savino showed his deep threat ability on a post pattern late in the game with a big catch and run.
Defensively, the Flacons were led by spark plug defensive end Ryan Ferriter who recorded a sack and a forced fumble. Maverick White was flawless at safety and forced the QB into several running situations due to great coverage. He was involved in several tackles. Lucas Benjamin and Coy Carpenter were shutdown corners for the Falcons allowing 0 passing yards and also assisting on several tackles. Kruz Cotton was a force in the middle of the defensive line and allowed no space to run up the middle.
The Flacons lost in heartbreaking fashion on great individual effort by the Commanders QB on the last play of the game. The heartbreak will be short-lived, and the adversity will build the team’s character.
Thriftway Colts vs Harrington Pepsi Patriots
Colts 12- Patriots 7
The Colts were lead offensively by the dynamic duo of Kale “Sweetfeet” Alexander And Benny “The Jet” Donaldson who each rushed for a touchdown!
Beaudin “The Boss” Murphy had a great kick return that set up this offensive series when
Donaldson hit Colt “The Wrecking Ball” Horsley on a nice out route for a 20 yard scamper to the goal line.
Horsley led the Blue Juggernauts defensively with 4 tackles and a forced fumble. Caliber “Colt 45” Hart led a goal line stand to stop the Patriots on a 4th and goal to end the half.
Brysen “Fuzz” Fosness and Jigme “Jiggz” Hanley stifled the run and Hanley ended the game on a great open field tackle!
The Patriots were led offensively by tailback JJ Hardy, who earned some hard yardage and a breakout touchdown. At Quarterback, Hunter Snyder had a few great runs and a completed pass to Bently DeTonacour.
Bridger Smyth and Landon Wrampe led the defense with multiple tackles. Bridger accumulated four sacks and Landon had two, with the final one creating a turnover that gave the Patriots one last shot to win the game.
McQueen Athletic Club Vikings vs. Buffalo Wild Wings Steelers
Vikings 36 – Steelers 0
Tayten Lester #13 5 hurries and 3 tackles
Parker Klimple #2 1 Forced Fumble
Carter Fulton #1 1 Fumble recover 4 yds rushing on 2 carries
Keaton Hislop #8 5 carries for 20 yds and 2 tackle
Kohlter Pennell #11 10 yds rushing and 1 pass for 12 yds with 3 tackles
The Vikings were lead by the four headed monster – Logan “ Wolverine“ Grunhuvd, Cruz “Missile” Kissell both had 2 TD’s each, Bridger “Bob” Stearns and Kason “ Honey Badger” Liston each had a rushing touchdown.
The purple people eaters defense lived up to their name they were lead but Ty “T-Bone” Stepan, Nick “TNT” D’Amico, Kendrick “The Crusher” McCarthy, Stearns, Liston, and Grunhuvd.
Steele’s/Bank of Butte Chiefs vs. Newland and Company Bears
Chiefs 26 – Bears 0
The chiefs won 26-0 against the bears. Center Lane Batterman and all of his fellow offensive lineman helped move the ball forward all game. Blake Connors scored multiple touchdowns and Crew O’Connor threw for a passing touchdown. Defensively Jacob Powell, Kayden Vaira, and Eli Kite stepped up and made some big plays.
Pioneer Technical Packers vs. 5518 Designs Rams
Packers 32 – Rams 26
The Packers were led offensively by Colbey Doyle and Landon Day-Purcell who both had rushing a touchdown . Jack Pesanti had a break-out game with kick return for a touchdown and two rushing touchdowns, the last touchdown was the game winner in the Montana overtime playoff. Weston Klima added two points when he converted a PAT kick. Defensively the Packers were led by Walker Frevert, Brock Kelly, and Tucker Allmendinger with great pursuit of the ball carrier. Credit should be given to the entire Packers defense who held tight during the last four plays of the Montana playoff.
The Rams lost a tough one in OT 30-36 which was back and forth the entire game. Fabian Thompson was a man on fire – making great tackles, blocks, and racking up some nice receiving yards. Hunter Stepan was a force on both lines making plays throughout the game. Captains Noah Sutton and Chase Nasheim led the team in scoring. Making their little guy debut, Drew Pyrah and Dylan Harrington starred in every role they played and showed their presence will be felt all season.
Casagranda’s Seahawks vs. Lisac’s Tire Raiders
Ryan Bache played great scoring multiple TDs and making tackles all over the field.
Easton Dawes ran hard and scored TDs also contributed heavily on defense.
Cooper Carter paved the way for the offense making key blocks and was a rock at his MLB position.
Tazlyn Huffman blocked well opening holes for the ball carriers and set the edge from her DE position.
Paxton Anderson ran hard and blocked hard providing a punch from his FB position.
*Henly Mansanti had a great overall game being in on a handful of tackles and a sack. *Gavin Holm had a couple of nice runs with one of them being a long touchdown. *Zyler Petersen was all over the field on defense showing great hustle. *Hayden Salmonsen had a great game upfront blocking and disrupting a couple of run in the backfield on defense. *Colt Day had a good night blocking opening up a couple of holes for the running back to run through