BUTTE – The Montana Tech Orediggers and Montana Western had a strong battle in Dillon on Sept. 24, with Tech profitable 33-24.
The temperature was within the 70’s with a pleasant, gentle breeze.
“We gave Montana Tech our greatest shot final time,” Montana Western head coach Ryan Nourse stated. “We simply didn’t play good soccer. We have been lazy and made tons of errors. We thought we have been higher than they have been they usually beat our butt.”
Early on Saturday, freezing rain and winds gusting to 40 miles per hour set the tone for a frigid chapter within the Tech-Western rivalry.
The Bulldogs held Tech’s high-octane offense in examine and picked up scores the place they wanted them as Western upended the No. 20 Orediggers, 27-21.
“It was the identical wind for each groups,” Montana Tech head coach Kyle Samson stated. “It affected a few of what we did and within the kicking sport.”
Western took the ball to begin the sport. Jon Jund acquired the sticks transferring with a 12-yard completion to Isaiah Thomas. A shifty, 25-yard run by Reese Neville arrange Jund’s 38-yard landing go to Thomas. John Mears’ additional level gave the Bulldogs a 7-0 lead with 1:03 into the sport.
Blake Counts had a 16-yard run to begin the Orediggers’ preliminary drive. Reese Artz and Tanner Harrell sacked Blake Thelen on successive performs forcing Tech to punt the ball away.
Later within the quarter, Thelen was intercepted by Braden Swank on the Western 38 and was returned 42 yards all the way down to the Tech 13.
Pressed to get a cease, the Orediggers acquired a shared cease on Neville by Keyshawn James-Newby and Brandon Morley. On third down, Alaric Greil stopped Neville for no achieve. Mears’ 25-yard discipline purpose sailed down the center to increase Western’s result in 10-0 with 3:44 to play within the opening quarter.
Tech was in a position to transfer the ball into Western territory because the second quarter started. The Orediggers have been confronted with a 3rd down and 14 on the Western 40. Braden Smith broke up Thelen’s go try to Trevor Hoffman to power an Andrew Almos punt, which went into the tip zone for a touchback.
The Orediggers’ protection slowed down the Western offense after having moved into Tech territory. James-Newby’s sack moved Jund and firm again into Western territory. Jund threw a 12-yard go to Trey Mounts. Nevertheless, an incompletion compelled a punt.
Thelen’s two passes to Kyle Torgerson netted 33 yards to maneuver the Orediggers to their very own 43. Nevertheless, a fumble was compelled and recovered by Artz on the Tech 47 with 6:27 to go within the half.
Tech’s protection responded with a four-play cease. Cole Wyant and Gabe Zanetti stopped Colten McPhee for a three-yard achieve. Jund was caught behind the road on a protection sack, and Jadyn Downs stopped Jund brief to the primary down marker on a seven-yard run. Right into a gusty wind and out of Mears’ discipline purpose vary, Montana Western head coach Ryan Nourse determined to go for it on fourth down and two at Tech 39. Neville was stopped on the line of scrimmage to offer the ball again to the Bulldogs with 4:29 left within the first half.
The Orediggers garnered momentum off the cease and took 3:06 to march 51 yards in 9 performs. On third down and 6 on the Western 10, Thelen’s go try to Hoffman was offline. Ryan Lowry’s 27-yard discipline purpose try grabbed a gust of wind and drifted proper.
Western took over on the personal 20 with 1:23 to go within the half. After Tech held the Bulldogs to 1 yard in three performs, Eddie Dewart dropped again to punt. Naoki Harmer beat his man on the snap and busted via to dam the punt. Matt Whitcomb recovered the ball ultimately zone for the particular group’s rating. Lowry’s additional level pulled Tech to inside three factors with 25 seconds to play within the half.
Tech took the ball to begin the second half. An interception by Wesley Buchanan was nullified when Thelen was hit late by Artz. Kaleb Winterburn got here in because the wildcat quarterback and picked up 25 yards earlier than Thelen returned to the sport. Thelen discovered Logan Kennedy for a 12-yard achieve to arrange a nine-yard landing go to Hoffman. Lowry’s additional level put the Orediggers on prime with 9:23 remaining within the third quarter, 14-10.
The landing catch for Hoffman was the twenty fifth of his profession, a brand new Montana Tech file.
The Bulldogs answered the rating with a landing of their very own. Neville’s 49-yard achieve was the important thing play within the drive, with Jund having capped the march with a four-yard run. Mears’ additional level gave the Bulldogs a three-point lead with 5:49 to go within the third quarter, 17-14.
Thelen was intercepted by Braden Smith on the Tech 35. The Bulldogs scored two performs later, as Jund hit Elijan Benedick with 4:33 to play within the third quarter. Mears’ additional level prolonged the Bulldogs’ result in ten.
Tech’s ensuing drive took 7:07 off the clock, which bridged from the third quarter into the fourth. On the ultimate play of the 16-play, 80-yard drive, Winterburn rolled to his proper, darted towards the pylon, and dove over the purpose time for the landing. Lowry’s level after made the sport a three-point contest, 24-21.
Western answered with a 15-play, 68-yard, 8:55 drive. Tech stopped the Bulldogs, as they settled for a 24-yard discipline purpose by Mears with 3:28 to play.
The Orediggers have been stopped on 4 downs, with Brandon Aimsbac having stopped Thelen on fourth down and 9 at Tech’s 23.
Tech’s protection answered with a four-down cease, as James-Newby and Wyant stopped Neville on the Bulldogs’ 31 with 1:03 to play.
Thelen’s 17-yard completion to Torgerson had the Orediggers on the transfer. On second down, Thelen scrambled out of the pocket and threw the ball for an incompletion however was flagged for intentional grounding. Tech’s ultimate two passes fell incomplete to offer Western the ball again with mere seconds remaining, which have been drained on a kneel.
Montana Tech outgained Montana Western, 332-319.
Jund was 10-of-20 for 124 passing yards and two touchdowns to go together with six yards dashing.
Neville carried the ball 22 instances for 164 yards. Thomas had 50 yards receiving and Mounts added 33 yards.
“We’re again to the best way we play soccer,” Nourse stated. “We’re going to point out up each sport. We’re going to struggle, even when we play like crap. We’re nonetheless going to offer ourselves an opportunity to win.”
Wyant had 11 stops for the Orediggers. James-Newby had seven tackles, and Harmer and Zanetti every had six.
Thelen was 18-of-36 passing for 228 yards, one TD, and two INTs. Winterburn added 101 yards dashing, and Torgerson had 137 yards receiving.
“Kudos to Montana Tech,” Nourse stated. “They’ve a very good, sturdy soccer group and their youngsters performed their tails off.”
Kameron Rauser had seven tackles and an interception to steer the Bulldogs. Aimsback added six tackles.
“They’re a very good group,” Samson stated. “We knew that coming in. Credit score to them: They did a very good job. We gave all of it that we had however got here up slightly brief at present.”
Montana Tech (6-3) will journey to Havre subsequent Saturday (Nov. 12) to tackle Montana State College-Northern.
“We’ve got to return to work on Monday and put together for subsequent week,” Samson. “We have to management what we will management. That’s all that we will do.”
Montana Western (6-4) travels to Billings to tackle Rocky Mountain Faculty subsequent Saturday (Nov. 12).
“We’ve got reset our program to what acquired us aggressive and acquired us a convention championship,” Nourse stated. “We’re at all times respecting our opponent. We’re at all times working and dealing and dealing to offer ourselves an opportunity to win the sport. That’s to earn your self that feeling once you get a victory once more.”