Tigers track down Bulls, notch first win of season

Monument-Dayville running back Mani Martin takes a handoff from quarterback Nathan Rayburn (No. 75) and looks for running room in Friday's game against Burnt River.

Monument-Dayville def. Burnt River 40-12

UNITY - The winless Monument-Dayville High School football team finally got its offense on track racked up 390 yards in total offense to notch their first victory of the season on Friday, Oct. 3, with a 40-12 TriCo League victory over Burnt River.

A determined Tiger team dominated the game from the opening kickoff holding the winless Bulls to only 189 yards rushing and 0-12 in the passing department.

"The kids played a good game and it was nice to get the first win of the season under our belts," Tigers' coach Brad Drake said.

Junior halfback Mani Martin got things started for Monument-Dayville, scoring the first touchdown of the game at the 9:46 mark of the first quarter for a 6-0 lead. Martin was the leading ground-gainer in the contest rushing for 117 yards on 11 carries.

Burnt River answered with a touchdown with 1:26 remaining in the first quarter when Angelo Clement found pay dirt on a 16-yard reverse.

In the second period, Martin scored his second TD on a 41-yard run and Josh Ewing made the score 18-6 on a 13-yard dash with 1:11 remaining.

"I thought we'd give them a better game today, but we just made too many mistakes," Burnt River coach Brian Bradford said.

In the third quarter, Tiger quarterback Nathaniel Ashley hooked up with Jesus Vasquez on a 7-yard scoring strike to up the lead to 26-6 heading into the final period of play.

Burnt River made the game interesting, trimming the lead to 26-12 with an unusual play at the 9:00 mark.

Bulls' quarterback Zack Swindlehurst fumbled the ball on the snap from center which was picked up by lineman Craig Siddoway who pitched the ball to Bobby Bradford. Seventy-nine yards later the senior halfback completed the razzle-dazzle play finding the end zone and putting Burnt River's second touchdown on the board to give the Bulls' fans hope, albeit short-lived

Twenty-nine seconds later, Josh Ewing ripped off a 77-yard run for a score to put Monument/Dayville ahead 34-12, and a 28-yard touchdown pass from Ashley to Guy Anderson with 1:17 left in the game completed the scoring.

"The kids wanted this one and we had a lot of fun out there today," Drake commented. "We had a lot of different kids score touchdowns and that was good."

Ewing had 81 yards on six carries, and teammate Colorado Marciel carried the ball 10 times for 57 yards for the Tigers.

Bradford rushed for 112 yards on 17 carries and Clement netted 55 yards on nine attempts to lead Burnt River.

Prairie City plays at Harper-Huntington on Thursday, Oct. 9, and Burnt River hosts Jordan Valley for Homecoming on Thursday.

Both games kickoff at 2 p.m.

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