Orediggers set points record in win on Hi-Line

HAVRE — Montana Tech set a team record in points scored Saturday as the Orediggers rolled to 2-0 with a 70-27 win over MSU-Northern at Blue Pony Stadium. Stats

“That’s pretty impressive,” Montana Tech coach Chuck Morrell said. “Our guys basically put that together in three quarters.”

The Orediggers previous high in points was 64 in a game against Rocky Mountain College in 1984. Tech scored more than 60 points twice last year.

Tech led 42-20 at halftime before scoring 28 points in the third quarter to make it 70-20 heading into the final frame.

Quinn McQueary completed 23 of 31 passes for four touchdowns and 394 yards. He was picked off twice. McQueary also ran for a pair of scores, as did Jed Fike each rushed for a pair of scores.

McQueary threw a pair of touchdowns to Dion Williams and one apiece to Chris Kelly and Chris Lachance. Sean Sullivan caught eight passes for 119 yards. Williams and Kelly each caught four passes.

“Offensively we had a great day,” Morrell said. “The guys did a great job getting up and down the field. We had a multitude of guys get the ball into the end zone. That was good to see.”

Transfer quarterback Tommy Wilson completed 27 of 51 passes for 354 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Lights.

The Orediggers played a bunch of guys, and Morrell said that is key as the team works to build on its depth.

“We were up and down defensively in the first half,” the coach said. “Overall, we made some progress.”

Butte High graduate Clay Dean, a sophomore defensive back, registered 11 tackles for the Diggers. Redshirt freshman Justin May got in on 10 tackles. He also picked off a pass.

Tech will hit the road next week to take on Rocky Mountain College next Saturday. The Battlin’ Bears won at Carroll College on Saturday.

“That’s going to be a monster test for us next week,” Morrell said.