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By Georgie Kulczyk
The Courier 

Big Red Blanks Big Timber

Back-to-Back Interceptions Highlight


Michelle Frank / The Courier

With Kevin McDonald and Alex Fransen clearing the way, Benji Phillips sets his sights on the end zone during the Scotties' homecoming game vs. Big Timber Sept. 16. The Sheepherders fell to the mighty Scotties 36-0.

The Scotties suited up for their 2016 homecoming game vs. the Big Timber Sheepherders on Sept. 16. Before the evening was over, the cheerleaders were worn out from doing jumping jacks, and the cannon had nearly depleted the supply of gun powder in Valley County.

Early in the first quarter, starting quarterback Darrin Wersal got the ball to Luke Breigenzer who ran it in for a 23-yard touchdown. Benji Phillips followed the TD with a successful two-point conversion run. Score: 8-0.

The score remained unchanged for the entire second quarter of the game and both teams hit the locker room to collect themselves for the second half.

Following the traditional half-time performance from the Saskatoon Police Pipes and Drums, the Scotties took the field for the third quarter of the contest. It would be a big quarter for Big Red, with three big plays that brought the score to 29-0 in favor of the home team.

Breigenzer started things off with an eight-yard touchdown run off Wersal for six points, and Cache Younkin tacked on an extra point with his kick. Score: 15-0.

Less than 20 seconds later, Younkin intercepted the ball and ran 35 yards for the third TD of the game for the Scotties. Then, he added another extra point with a successful kick. Score: 22-0.

Big Timber again gained possession of the ball, but not for long. On a pass attempt from the Herders, Trent Herbert intercepted the ball and ran it in for a 23-yard TD, increasing the score by another six for the Scotties. Younkin reliably tacked on another point with his third successful kick of the game. Score: 29-0.

The opportunity for the Herder's offense to score was looking bleak as the game progressed into the final quarter of the game. Although they did make a successful run into their end zone, an offensive holding penalty on the play denied them the points.

Big Timber was unable to overcome the loss of yards and remained scoreless.

The Scotties kept pushing, and late in the fourth made another great play to increase their lead. Cade Myrick covered some ground when he ran a 37-yard TD off Wersal. Younkin, for the last time of the game, added a point to bring the score to 36-0.

Again, the contest was a display of the Scotties working as a team, with several players making key plays and contributing to the outcome of the game. Phillips had 16 rushes for 131 yards, and Wersal was 10 for 18 for 188 yards. Breigenzer had four catches for 51 yards and two touchdowns, while Myrick had four catches for 74 yards and a touchdown. Defensively, Grant Morken, Kevin McDonald, Jaden Hughes, and Austin Leatherberry all made their presence known on the field.

Younkin was a solid, consistent contributor with his interception run and his steady kicking, while Alex Fransen also had another great defensive game.

The Scotties have this week off and are scheduled to play in Wolf Point Friday, Sept. 30.


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