HAVRE — Welcome to the Frontier Conference Quinn McQueary.
The Montana State transfer quarterback sparked an electrifying Montana Tech offense Saturday as Orediggers opened the season with a 58-14 rout of MSU-Northern at Blue Pony Stadium.
The win, which was Tech’s first since an Aug. 30, 2014 win over the same Lights, was the most lopsided victory in the tenure of five-year head coach Chuck Morrell.
“We felt like we prepared well at fall camp and we came out from the jump and proved all that hard work paid off,” Morrell said.
Nolan Saraceni scored three touchdowns, including a 61-yard gallop as the Orediggers jumped out to a 34-0 lead in the easy win. Saraceni also scored on runs of 3 and 2 yards.
Zach Winfield also got into the act, busting loose for a 60-yard TD run.
“We had a ton of guys touch the ball,” Morrell said. “The diversity of our offense came out today.”
Tech led 20-0 after the first quarter and 34-0 at the half.
McQueary got things started by hitting Chirs LaChance, a junior college transfer, for a 55-yard strike to get the scoring started.
“Quinn was very productive and our receivers were on point with their routs,” Morrell said. “They did a great job getting up field after the catch.”
Morrell also praised the guys on the other side of the ball.
“Our defense was opportunistic, we were able to keep (Zach) McKinley in check.”
Stats from the game were way off, Morrell said. He said they aren’t even worth looking at.
The coach suspects his team will have about 500 yards of offense when his coaches go through film tonight.
The Orediggers are back action Saturday when they welcome Carroll College to the Bob Green Field.