Maroons Beaten by the Blue Devils

By Ron Davis

The Butte Central Maroons put together three good quarters of football but the fourth quarter belonged to the Corvallis Blue Devils.   The Devils scored two scores in the fourth quarter in a come from behind 20-16 victory.

“We didn’t do a good job tackling in the fourth quarter,” Coach Don Peoples said after the game. “We had offensive opportunities in the second half but we didn’t complete drives when we needed to.”

The two teams played a scoreless first quarter with both having trouble putting together sustained drives.  It wasn’t until 2:06 to play in the first half the zeros came off the scoreboard.  Ayden Mayn connected with Logan Avery on a 27-yard touchdown to put six on the board.  The point after attempt was blocked keeping the score 6-0.

The Maroons got the ball back with under 2 minutes until half.  Rye Doherty, filling in for the injured Jack Keeley, flipped a screen pass to Kyle Holter.  Holter found a lane and carried the ball to the Corvallis 1 yard line with 31 seconds on the clock.

Doherty dove in from there and the game was tied at 6.  The tie breaking extra point was blocked and the game was tied.

The Maroons were not done yet on the ensuing kickoff and with just seconds left. Bryce Keane stripped the ball away from the Corvallis return man and Central had another chance to break the tie.

Ethan Andersch hit a 35-yard field goal with no time left sending the Maroons to the locker room up 9-6.

The BC boys came out of the locker room with a little trickery up their sleeves opening the scoring with a double pass touchdown.  Rye Doherty threw a backward pass to Kyle Holter.  Holter threw a 9-yard pass to tight end Eric Loos in the left corner of the end zone and with the extra point the Marrons were up 16-9.

Butte Central moved the ball late in the third quarter and into the fourth but were unable to sustain another drive for points.

With 9:17 to play Corvallis finally found some offense with will Bohenek taking a handoff into the endzone for a yard score.  The point after was good and the Blue Devils trailed 16-13.


It didn’t take long for the home team to take the lead for good.  Just over two minutes after their last score, Mayn sent a bomb down the field to Solomon Morgan for a quick strike 6.  The point after made it 20-16 Corvallis.

The Maroons had seven minutes left to put together a come back but could not find the end zone again.

“I thought Rye Doherty and Kyle Holter gave us a great effort tonight.” Peoples added, “It is tough to become a quarterback in a week but both of them gave their all.”  “We have three games left and we need to re-group and fight hard to finish the season with wins.”

The 1-4 Maroons travel to Dillon next Friday night for a matchup with the Beavers.