Fergus looks for upset against the Eagles

Doreen Heintz
Sports Editor

Noah Agostinelli returns a Custer County punt for good yardage during first half action. The game was played in a driving rain.                    Photo by Doreen Heintz

The Fergus football team is in need of an upset win against the Eagles in Sidney on Friday night. Currently, the Golden Eagles are 2-2 in conference play, which puts them in a tie for fourth place with Custer County, Dawson County and Belgrade. Sidney and Laurel stand atop the Eastern-Central division with 4-0 records. Billings Central occupies third place in the division with a 3-1 record.
Last year Sidney flew into Golden Eagle Stadium with a win on their minds, but the Golden Eagles pulled the upset, 14-7. Last year’s game was non-conference, but this year the game has added importance with it being a conference game for both teams.
The Fergus conference record fell to 2-2 when the Golden Eagles lost to Custer County (Miles City), 19-2, on Friday night in Lewistown. Fergus could never get its offense untracked against the Cowboys in a game played in a steady rain.
Fergus’s only two points came on a safety early in the game when the ball was hiked over the Custer County punter’s head and went through the end zone. The two-point safety excited both the fans and the team at Golden Eagle Stadium.
After a free kick from the Cowboys, Wesley Jameson returned the ball to the Fergus 45-yard line. Fergus was unable to gain a first down and gave the ball back to the Cowboys on downs. The first quarter ended with Custer County having a first down at the 47-yard line. After the Cowboys gained another first down, the Eagle defense stiffened and held the Cowboys out of the end zone.
Custer County got on the scoreboard with a touchdown with 6:20 left in the second quarter. An interception by the Cowboys had given them a first down on the Fergus 15-yard line. After  a Cabe Gundlach run gave Custer County a first down at the Fergus 5-yard line, Gundlach powered into the end zone for the score.
Fergus missed a golden opportunity to score later in the period when a Mitchell Norslien pass was caught by Hunter Larson in Cowboy territory. Two strong runs by Jamison got the ball down to the Cowboy 11-yard line, but on a fourth-down play, Norslien’s pass was not caught by Tanner Trafton. That gave the ball back to the Cowboys.
The first half ended with Custer County up, 6-2.
Both teams went scoreless in the third quarter, but the Cowboys did score two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to win the game, 19-2.



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