Shelby’s Tanner Parsons outruns a Simms defender on his way to the end zone in the Coyotes’ Friday night victory.

The Shelby Coyotes football team hosted the Simms Tigers on Friday, Sept. 6, and battled through the rain and came out on top with a 39-18 victory. 

Shelby took the opening kickoff down the field to strike first with a 40-yard run by Tanner Parsons. 

Parsons then tossed a pass to brother Taylor for the two-point conversion. 

Quarterback Logan Leck then found the older Parsons for an 11-yard touchdown toss. Tanner Parsons then connected with Cameron Brusven for the two-point conversion giving the Coyotes a 16-0 lead. 

Simms did find the end zone in the first quarter on a 26-yard run, but failed to convert the extra-point attempt. 

During the second quarter Leck was injured, and Taylor Parsons took over at QB. He hit Tanner Watson on a 12-yard strike for six points, and Tanner Parsons ran in the extra-point try, sending the teams to half time with the score 24-6.

Simms came out after the half and found a hole in the Coyotes defense, and scored on a 60-yard run. The extra-point try again was unsuccessful. 

Shelby finally found the end zone towards the end of the third quarter, on a one-yard run by Tanner Parsons, and Taylor Parsons ran in the extra-point.

Taylor Parsons and Watson connected once more for a two-yard touchdown pass, and Brusven kicked the extra-point try through the uprights. 

Simms added a late touchdown, but the night belonged to the Coyotes, final score 39-18.

Coach Mike White felt the team bounced back from their opener and showed a lot of improvement. He was happy with the way Brusven and Aiden Torgerson stepped up in the linebacker position, and really pursued the ball. 

“Our rushing game was solid, we really wanted to establish the line of scrimmage from the start, and we accomplished that,” said White.

He was also pleased with how Taylor Parsons stepped up when Leck was injured, and ran the offense. The Coyotes will continue to work on the fundamentals and technique this week as they prepare to travel to Hays-Lodge Pole this Saturday, for a 1 p.m. game.

Coach White and the Coyotes would like to thank Marias Medical Center for the pre-game festivities, as well as MCR for hosting the Fifth Quarter social. 

Coach White would also like to acknowledge and thank his wife, Sara, for setting up their Inclusion Awareness Week with the Shelby Elementary. The football team and the Cross-Country teams ate lunch with the students, and then allowed the students to join the team for the National Anthem, and the starting line-ups. It’s a great time to be a Coyote!

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