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'Beeters cage Badgers 40-22, will face Fort Benton Friday at home


September 5, 2018

Senior Ty Mitchell forces a fumble midway through the first quarter to give the ball back to the 'Beeters. Mitchell had a huge first quarter with a quarterback sack, an interception, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery as the Sugarbeeters raced out to a 24-0 lead after the first quarter

The Chinook Sugarbeeters evened their record at 1-1 following a 40-22 win over the Cascade Badgers Friday night.

The long trip was made easier with the win and the 'Beeters were able to stay healthy as they prepare for a big game this weekend at home against the Fort Benton Longhorns.

The Sugarbeeters were able to stay healthy for the most part in the win over the Badgers and will have their full roster available for the first time all season when they take on the Longhorns this Friday.

Senior Tye Mitchell ignited the 'Beeter attack with a batted ball and interception midway through the first quarter, leading to a four yard touchdown run by senior James Christensen at the 5:29 mark.

Senior Brendan Edwards then broke through Badger O-Line with a big tackle for a seven yard loss. Edwards and Christensen then combined for a safety, taking down the Badger quarterback in the end zone for a 8-0 'Beeter lead with 4:09 left in the opening stanza.

On the ensuing possession the 'Beeters faced a fourth and ten from the Badger 33 yard line when senior quarterback Trajan Hannum found freshman Toby Niederegger behind the defense with a nice pitch and catch that ended with Niederegger in the end zone. Christensen added the conversion run and Chinook held 1 16-0 lead with 3:34 showing on the clock.

Mitchell then made a big stick on a Badger runner, forcing the ball out and allowing senior Karson Powell to recover.

Moments later sophomore quarterback Benton Elliot hit Edwards on an eight yard pass for another 'Beeter touchdown. Dumas added the conversion to give Chinook a 24-0 lead heading into the second quarter.

The 'Beeters were able to keep the Badgers pinned deep in their own end of the field as Niederegger put every kickoff in the end zone for touch backs keeping the pressure on the Cascade offense.

Christensen again stymied the Badger run game with a big hit and two plays later Mitchell recovered another Badger fumble, giving the 'Beeter offense back the ball.

Senior Sam Dumas picked up seven yards with a strong third down effort and then raced 23 yards on the next snap, dragging defenders the last five yard to paydirt. He then added the conversion run and Chinook held a comfortable 32-0 advantage as time wound down in the second quarter.

Senior Sam Dumas ran the ball very well for the 'Beeters Saturday night and helped set up Chinooks final touchdown with two big runs in the fourth quarter after the Badgers had trimmed the lead to ten points.

The 'Beeters were then able to give the second and third string players a chance to play meaningful varsity minutes that will certainly bode well for the program the remainder of this season and in the years to come.

The Badgers were able to find the endzone twice in the third quarter trimming the 'Beeter advantage to 32-14 heading into the fourth quarter.

The Badgers added another score with 7:31 remaining in the contest to cut the lead to 32-22.

Dumas returned to the field on the ensuing kickoff and returned the ball to the Cascade 35 yard line.

On the first play from scrimmage, Dumas raced 35 yards to the end zone, but a penalty nullified the run. On the very next play Dumas carried defenders for a 24 yard run.

The 'Beeters then faced a fourth and one from the Cascade 11 yard line when Elliot found Niederegger for an 11 yard touchdown pass. Following the conversion run, Chinook held a 40-22 lead that would also be the final score.

The 'Beeters and Longhorns will do battle this Friday at Hoon Field with kickoff slated for 7:00 p.m.


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