Maroon frosh win big in Anaconda

For the second time this season the Maroon froshmore football team got some revenge for a tough varsity loss days before.

Monday afternoon Butte Central’s freshmen and sophomores got off to a similar start as the varsity did Friday night but kept their foot on the gas, pounding Anaconda 55-0. Central opened the scoring on their initial possession when quarterback Cole Harper connected with Kyle Harrington on a 46-yard touchdown. It was an athletic play by Harper as he shook off a would be sack and found Harrington close to the line of scrimmage.

Kamen Richards made his presence known on the next series. He first ended the Copperheads’ first possession with a big sack on third and 10 then fielded the ensuing punt and raced 62 yards for the second Maroon touchdown.

BC continued to pour it on after Harrington recovered a fumble as Danny People’s hit Chad Peterson for an 18-yard touchdown to make it 21-0 early in the second quarter. The Central defense again stopped Anaconda after Kyle Harrington recorded a sack. This one set up a Peoples to Dalton Sessions score from 26 yards and the scoreboard read 27-0 just as it did Friday night in Butte.

The Maroons would have no part of a Copperhead comeback in this one. Liam Doran stuffed a fourth-and-short run to give it back to the offense and after penalties set up a second and 33 Peoples scrambled to find Ben Holt wide open for a 55-yard score.

The Copperheads had one last shot before halftime to get something started but barely dodged a safety on a Frank Hendrickson sack that pushed them back to the 1. A punt out of their own endzone put the Copperhead D in bad shape at the 26 with 1:40 until halftime.

The Maroons struck on the last play of the half as Peoples hit Sessions from 16 yards out to put the mercy rule on and cap a 41 point half.

The third quarter finally saw the Copperheads cross the midfield stripe after a nice pitch and catch from Kaden Weis to Logan Reich that was good for 41 yards. The momentum was quickly ended as Weis couldn’t handle the very next snap and Hendrickson came out of the scrum with the ball.

Central only needed one play to find pay dirt again as Harper kept it and after several nifty moves scored from 49 yards out.

With the continuously running clock the second half only had a handful of possessions for each side. Richards scored again from 18 yards out late in the fourth and the Maroons capped the scoring when Anaconda mishandled a shot gun snap in the end zone for a safety after Tanner Costello recorded a sack to pin the Copperheads inside their own 5.

BC benefited from excellent field position throughout the game and because of this didn’t have to punt, only turning it over on downs twice deep inside Anaconda territory.

The Maroon froshmores moved to 3-0 on the season and will next be in action again next Monday at the MAC vs. Stevensville.

— Submitted by Derek Hendrickson