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Shelby junior Aidan Torgerson follows sophomore lineman Joryn Bunnell up the field on his way to one of his six touchtowns in the Coyotes’ Friday night win over the St. Regis/MullanTigers.

The Shelby Coyotes football team played against a co-op team from St. Regis, Mont., and Mullan, Idaho, in a last minute scheduling change. The Coyotes flexed their muscles and earned the 76-36 win. Coach Mike White was notified early last week, the team’s game with Hays was cancelled, so he immediately went to work finding a replacement game. 

Shelby stopped St. Regis/Mullan on their first drive, and then proceeded to score on their first two possessions. The first was a 24-yard pass from Taylor Parsons to Trenton Emerson. The second was the first of Aiden Torgerson’s six-touchdown evening. He scored on a six yard run and the Coyotes took early 16-0 lead. 

St. Regis/Mullan found some life when Shelby missed some tackles and let them into the end zone twice to end the first quarter scoring with Shelby leading 16-14. 

The Coyotes stiffened up their defensive effort and outscored their opponent 20-8 to take a 36-22 lead into the half. Shelby’s Torgerson scored on touchdown runs of 16, three and five yards. 

Bryce Lee opened the second half with a 45-yard kick-off return. A heavy dose of the Coyotes running attack, scoring five more touchdowns in the third quarter, outscoring St. Regis/Mullan by 26 points, leading to the final score 76-36. 

Torgerson scored on an 11-yard run, followed by Cameron Brusven with a 25-yard run. Torgerson scored his last touchdown next with a five-yard run. Lee added a one-yard score before Parsons capped the scoring with a one-yard run. 

“Our defense came up with four turnovers and played well. We settled in after the first quarter and contained their quarterback and runningback,” said head coach Mike White. 

Senior Tabris Correa picked off the quarterback twice, once in the end zone, to prevent a score. 

The Coyotes amassed close to 400 yards on the ground. “The offensive line played outstanding, allowing Brus-ven to run for 147, Torgerson 131, and Parsons 98 yards,” recapped White

“It was a great game for us to measure where we are at. The kids are really starting to gel and understand their responsibilities. Aidan Torgerson and Cameron are a great 1-2 punch. They run hard and see the field well.”

Shelby will host Chester on Friday at 7 p.m. in this year’s Homecoming game.

“I want to thank Mac McDermott, Shannon McAllister and all the parents that helped contribute to the team’s meal after the game. What a great community we live in,” concluded White. 

For more Shelby High School sports coverage of last week's action, pick up a copy or subscribe to the Shelby Promoter at http://www.cutbankpioneerpress.com/site/services/

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