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By Greg Liebelt
GHS Head Football Coach 

Scottie Football Team Left Lasting Impression

 

Lih-An Yang / The Courier

GHS football coaching staff gave one last talk to the 2014 team.

The 2014 football season for the Glasgow Scotties was memorable and made a lasting impression on many both in and outside the community even though the team may have fallen short of the goals and expectations for the players, coaches and community.

That being said, the Scottie football team officially concluded the 2014 season with their annual football banquet prior to the Christmas break. As head coach, I spoke about a letter received from a playoff opponent family in addition to a number of accomplishments.

These accomplishments consist of:

– Outscoring 11 opponents by nearly 300 points, 384 to 86.

– Producing eight First Team All-Conference selections on offense, defense and special teams (Chase Fossum, Jason Thibault, Tanner Roness, Dallas Capdaville, Wyatt Pattison, Benji Phillips, Jake Page and Cache Younkin) and these Second Team All-Conference selections (Ryan Scanlon, Jake Hentges, Parker Kulzcyk, Kyle Humbert, Zach Miller and Ethan Etchart).

– This year's senior class produced five All-State individuals over the past two seasons, including Thibault, Fossum, Krumwiede, Ronness and Capdaville.

– The senior class also produced four Class B All-Star Game selections (Fossum, Thibault, Roness and Capdaville) who will represent the Scotties in Billings, while the Montana East-West Shrine Game selected Chase Fossum at receiver and alternates Jason Thibault (QB) and Keil Krumwiede (TE) to represent the East this summer in Great Falls.

– This year's seniors helped contribute to a 19-3 overall record the past two seasons with semifinal and quarterfinal finishes in the State Class B playoffs.

Individually, some players compiled their own accomplishments.

Offensively, All-State quarterback Thibault, the MSU-Billings Yellow Jacket baseball signee, set new school records for passing, all-purpose yards and TDs. Jason had 1,706 yards passing this season and a total of 3,111 yards passing yards the past two seasons along with 337 yard rushing this season and a total of 628 rushing yards the past two seasons for combined all-purpose yardage in passing and rushing of 3,739 yards. Thibault threw for 25 TDs this season and 40 over the past two, in-addition to rushing for seven TDs this past season and a total of 13 the past two seasons. All said and done, Thibault finished his high school career with the Scotties with 53 total TDs and a completion percentage of 57% on 399 attempts with only 14 interceptions.

All-State receiver and Carroll College Saint signee Fossum ended this past season with 43 receptions, 713 yards and 11 TDs for a two-year total 1,323 yards and 17 TDs. Fossum averaged 18.5 yards per reception over the past two seasons. On defense this season, Fossum led the team with 7-interceptions.

Keil Krumwiede, another MSU-Billings Yellow Jacket baseball signee, was only able to play in the final two playoff games this season and completed his last catch of his career for the go-ahead score against Conrad. Krumwiede had six receptions for 106 yards and two TDs this season and a two year total of 716 yards and nine TDs.

All-State selection Tanner Roness led the defense the past two years as an inside linebacker, and he led the team in tackles this season with 112, with 45 solos and led the team with 11 tackles for losses. At fullback on offense, Roness had 574 rushing yards on only 50 carries for a 7 yard average. In addition, Roness had 151 receiving yards on only 15 receptions. However, Roness' biggest attribute on offense was his blocking skills.

Dallas Capdaville, the fifth All-Stater on the team, starred at offensive line, running back and defensive end for the Scotties.

Sophmore running back sensation Benji Phillips led the rushing attack for the team with 656 yards on 89 carriers and 8 TDs, for an impressive 7 yards per carry average.

Following the first round playoff game against Eureka, I received a very inspirational card and letter from a player and his family from Eureka regarding their experience coming to Glasgow. The card and letter reads as follows:

November 5, 2014

Glasgow Scotties Football Team, coaches, fanes, families and the entire town,

At the request of our son Owen Davis #59, our family wanted to send you a little note to let you know what a great experience we had meeting your program in the first round of the playoffs this season. While we clearly wish the outcome would have been in our favor, we wanted to thank you for the class act that your were!

Your team played with class, dedication and determination. There were no late hits, no taunting, no negative comments regarding calls by the officials. Nothing was anything but top notch! Your coaches did an amazing job of controlling your team on the field and the sidelines while still allowing the team to enjoy their success – class act all the way!

Your fans were great – very little negative comments regarding calls or outcomes of plays. (There might have been a couple, but that is to be expected as we all understand that's part of being a true fan!)

Your families were welcoming and polite both before and after the game. They took the time to welcome us to your school, wish us good luck and then a safe trip home.

Your entire town was behind your team and that was evident in the ballrooms, signs, etc., at almost every establishment in town. At the businesses we stopped at, they welcomed us to the game, wished up luck and thanked us for driving "all the way out here for a game."

As Own stated, "That was a lot of fun. That team was awesome and great to play.

We completely agree! You as a school, as coaches, as parents and as a town should be extremely proud of the character of your players!

We wish you continued success this season! Owen hopes you win it all so then we will know we lost not only to the classiest team in the state, but also the best! Thank you again, and we look forward to playing you at some point in the future!

Sincerely,

Owen Davis #59 and family – Shan & Carmen Davis

 

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