On Tuesday, Oct. 11, Havre middle school traveled to Cut Bank to battle with the Wolves.
Kicking off first on the breezy fall day was the combined 6/7th grade team, which faced adversity right off the bat as they were missing a few players due to sickness. On the first drive of the game, the Wolves moved the ball well but were unable to find the end zone. On Havre’s first possession they drove downfield and scored, with the 2-point try successful, to go up 8-0. From there it was all Havre.
The Wolves offense moved the ball well, but could never reach the end zone. The Wolves defense also played well but spent a lot of time on the field in the second half of the 48-0 loss.
“I thought we did a good job trying to fight back this afternoon,” head coach Brandon Furr said. “We had some things that did not go our way and we lost a few turnovers, but that’s part of the game. I am proud of the kids for fighting and going 2-1 in the regular season. These were a great group of kids to coach with lots of potential for the future.”
With the lights shining bright and the evening getting windier and chillier, the eighth-grade team took the field. On Cut Bank’s first possession they ran the ball well, picking up two first downs, but ended up with a turnover on downs.
Havre’s first possession was a lot like that of the Wolves, with some first downs but no touchdown. The whole first half was a defensive battle between the teams. The ball was moved and punted back and forth many times, with neither team being able to punch it in the end zone.
The score at halftime was 0-0. The third quarter saw a huge momentum swing, Havre had first and goal from the 5-yard line, and the Wolves’ defense clamped down. Tyler Raines and Kayden Preble combined for a sack and some tackles for losses to help force Havre into a fourth and goal from the 20-yard line, where they did not score with a completed pass being marked down at the five and the Wolves took over from there.
Kyler Blocker ran twice to move the Wolves up to the 20-yard line. On the very next play, Blocker hit Kadigan Yttredahl for a 45-yard catch and run to Havre’s 35-yard line. The Wolves had two runs stuffed for no gain and a dropped screen pass to set up fourth and 10 from the 35-yard line. Blocker found a wide-open Colt Johnson for the touchdown pass to put the Wolves up 6-0. The 2-point play was a quarterback sneak with Blocker that was good to put the Wolves up 8-0 with 2:46 left in the game.
Twice on Havre’s ensuing drive, they would convert on fourth down to keep the game within reach. After a Raines sack and a batted down ball from Preble, it was third and 15. Havre’s quarterback threw an incomplete pass, setting up another ballgame situation for the Wolves. This time the quarterback threw the Hail Mary and Tadan Shook came down the pick to set up victory formation for the Wolves offense and an 8-0 win.
“I loved the way our kids played today,” Coach Furr said. “They faced adversity and never backed down. It was so great for them to go out with a win like this to close out their middle school careers. A great group of kids that I am excited to watch grow and develop in high school. A great team win to get to 1-2 in the regular season. I hope these kids remember this feeling.”
This year the Wolves football team consisted of sixth-graders Henry Gray, Kade Houghson, Austin Carney, Jhett Kennerly, Alec Morrisett, Lane Racine, Kahyden Ekrem, Bodie Barbie, James Snyder, Andrew Day Chief, and Chase Amesbury; seventh-graders Kadigan Yttredahl, Justus Cassidy, Tyler Raines, Chase Marble, Brett Burdeau, Kayden Preble, Kaden Barsness, Bryson Detrich-Melton, Austin Brotnov, Liam Milender, and Ethan Bear Child; and eighth-graders Tadan Shook, Chase Clift, Sabien Bowland, Colt Johnson, Ray Dagel, Matt Snyder, Kyler Blocker, Maguire Peters, Adrina Guardipee, Anthony DeKay, and Karsen Keller.
Kaje Ramey served as manager. Assistant coaches were JJ Herrera and Cole Cooper.
“I want to thank parents and guardians for allowing us to coach their kids this year,” Coach Furr said. “It was fun to watch them grow and develop as football players and people.”