Huntley’s fast start buries Cougars
The Huntley Project Red Devils wasted no time at the Cougars’ first home football game Sept. 11, burying Columbus with four touchdowns to none by the end of the first quarter.
“We came out flat and got down early,” head coach Blake Hoge said. “Our guys never quit and showed a lot of heart fighting back – a testament to our player leadership.”
While the Cougar defense managed to hold the Red Devils to only one more touchdown, Columbus was not able to regain lost ground, losing to Huntley by 35-21.
“Overall, we were able to control the ball for 77 snaps, as opposed to Huntley’s 49 snaps, but we’ve got to get off to a better start for a ball control strategy to work,” Hoge said.
Senior Cougar quarterback Tanner Osborne scored three times – once on the ground and twice with short and long passes to senior receiver Kiefer McKay. Osborne completed 5 of 17 passes for 49 yards.
“Kiefer had another huge touchdown catch for us 30 yards down our sideline,” Hoge said. “Kiefer’s ability in space is something we definitely need to take more advantage of.”
Mckay had 33 yards on 10 carries. He was joined by senior running back Karl Berg, who gained 109 yards on 25 carries.
“Karl ran hard and had another 100-yard game which, as Karl would be the first to tell you, is a credit to our offensive line,” Hoge said.
Red Devil quarterback Dallas Mack connected four times in the air for touchdowns, twice to Logan Schaff. Mack connected on 3, 5, 40 and 25 yard passes to reach the Cougar end zone. He completed 13 of 18 passes for 168 yards.
“Defensively, Kiefer and Chaz Krone were among our top tacklers for the second week in a row,” Hoge said. “Tanner Osborne was not far behind, registering a couple batted balls, a sack and a handful of quarterback hurries.”
Hoge also recognized the contributions from the bench.
“A few injuries set us back, but I’m proud of the guys that stepped up for us,” Hoge said. “Junior Ray Nelson moved from the backfield down to the line in the second half and threw some great blocks. Freshman Riley Miller took his turn on both the offensive and defensive lines and showed a lot of promise.”
Columbus is now 1-1 in conference. They travel this week to Three Forks to take on the Three Forks/Willow Creek Wolves on Friday, Sept. 18.
Huntley Project 35, Columbus 21
Huntley Project 28 0 7 0 - 35
Columbus 0 13 0 8 - 21
HP: Logan Schaff 3 pass from Dallas Mack (Daylan Richard kick)
HP: Donte Wohlfeil 5 pass from Mack (Richard kick)
HP: Michael Jobman 3 run (Richard kick)
HP: Dustin Oblender 40 pass from Mack (Richard kick)
C: Tanner Osborne 1 run (Osborne kick)
C: Kiefer McKay 4 pass from Osborne (kick blocked)
HP: Schaff 25 pass from Mack (Richard kick)
C: McKay 47 pass from Osborne (Chuck Miller pass from Osborne)