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Junior quarterback Taylor Parsons takes a snap from senior center Jackson Appley. The duo maintained a strong rhythm throughout the contest, which played a key role in the Coyotes’ victory. 

The Shelby Coyotes football team returned from a three-week hiatus to stomp Clark Fork, 60-14 on Halloween. The Coyotes spent the last three weeks waiting to get back to work and it didn’t take long for them to dominate their opponent. 

Shelby held Clark Fork, which is a co-op team made up of Alberton and Superior, to negative yards on their first possession. The Coyotes quickly scored on a 16-yard run by Cameron Brusven and Aiden Torgerson converted the extra point run to give the Coyotes a 8-0 lead. Shelby’s inactivity showed later in the quarter as Shelby coughed up the ball, and Clark Fork took advantage and scored to tie the game. Bryce Lee of Shelby ran the ball in from 11-yards out to give the Coyotes the lead for good. Brusven converted the extra point kick. 

Shelby quarterback Taylor Parsons got into the act with a nine-yard pass to Rhett Reynolds, and Brusven was accurate again to push the lead for the Coyotes to 22-8. Trenton Emerson closed out the scoring in the first half with a 60-yard pick-six, followed by another Brusven kick to make the score Shelby 29-8.

Torgerson picked up a touchdown in the third quarter with a 4-yard run, and Reynolds grabbed a pass to convert the extra point to extend the Coyotes lead 37-8. Parsons connected again with Reynolds for another nine-yard pass, and Brusven connected on another kick to close the scoring in the third quarter, to start the running clock, Coyotes leading 44-8. 

Torgerson plunged in from one yard out for another Coyote TD, and then he ran in for the extra point, giving the Coyotes a commanding 52-8 advantage. Bryce Lee had the final Coyote touchdown with a 10-yard run. Brusven ran in the extra point to extend the Coyote lead to 60-8. Clark Fork scored a late touchdown to make the final score 60-14. 

 “I was proud of the kids. They really responded well off a long layoff. We had a few hiccups along the way, but overall we plated pretty well. The defense set the tone with six interceptions. It was great work by all,” said head coach Mike White.

Shelby will now look ahead to Park City, the No. 1 team from the Southern Division. “They are a physical team that has good speed. We will have to play the best game of the year,” said White. Kick-off is set for 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 7, in Park City.

Coach White thanked all the parents and fans for showing up and providing great support for the Coyotes. 

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