Grass Range-Winnett celebrates successful homecoming

Doreen Heintz
Sports Editor

The Grass Range-Winnett football team  poses for a photo after their resounding win over Fromberg on Saturday.

Photo by Doreen Heintz


When it came time for the homecoming dance on Saturday night in Grass Range, the athletes of Grass Range and Winnett had put in a long day. The annual homecoming parade was held at 10 a.m., followed by a junior high football game. 

One of the main events of the day was a football game between the Rams and Fromberg. The game was a blowout by the hometown team, as almost every player on the squad had gotten an opportunity to score to win the contest, 69-0. Coach TJ Smith told his team it was the first shutout win for him as the coach of the Rams. It must have been the most lopsided victory of all time for the Rangers. 

“We started the season 0-2 in non-conference games,” said Smith after the contest. “This game was very important to us to even our record at 2-2, plus give us a 2-0 start in the conference.”

“It feels good,” said Athlete of the Week Dawson Delaney at the end of the game. “We have a fairly balanced conference this year. If we stay healthy, we can end up having a successful season.”

The Rams scored at will throughout the contest. It took Grass Range-Winnett only three plays to score the first touchdown of the game. Delaney ran 65 yards on third down to pay dirt. Although the PAT kick was no good, the Rams led 8-0 only 22 seconds into the contest. Just a little over two minutes later, quarterback Caden McCarthy threw a 23-yard pass to Delaney for another score. By the end of the first period, Grass Range-Winnett led 34-0. McCarthy threw a total of six touchdown passes and ran for one more at Ryan Field in Grass Range. Delaney was on the receiving end of two of the McCarthy TD passes. Homecoming king Jordan Huff also had two touchdowns, one a 20-yard pass from McCarthy and the other a 40-yard interception return. Cameron Wollman, Jacob Jessen and Kody Lund also caught TD passes from McCarthy. Andrew Jewell had a 30-yard run for another TD. Luke Eickhoff kicked two PATS in the win. 

On defense, the Rams came up with several interceptions and also had a safety in the first quarter when they blocked a Fromberg punt in the Fromberg end zone. 

Looking ahead, the Rams play Roy-Winifred in Winifred on Saturday for the Outlaws’ homecoming. This will be an important conference game for both teams. Grass Range-Winnett needs a win to stay undefeated in conference play, while the Outlaws look for a win after being throttled by Bridger last Friday.

“We know Bridger will be tough, but we cannot overlook any team in the conference,” said Smith. “We would like to get back to the playoffs this year after missing out last year. The boys have a good work ethic, and if we stay healthy we should have a good season.”


Lady Rangers shut down Fromberg in volleyball

Later on Saturday, the Grass Range-Winnett volleyball team was just as impressive as their counterparts on the football field. Although the win over Fromberg was a non-conference victory, the match showed how dominant the Lady Rangers can be. 

In the first set of the contest, the two teams stayed close in the early going. With the score 10-7 in favor of the Lady Rangers, Grass Range-Winnett scored the next five points to take a 15-7 lead. Fromberg came back and got within four points of the Lady Rangers at 16-12, but from there it was all Grass Range-Winnett. The final point of the set came on a block by Lady Ranger Taylor Stahl for the 25-16 win.

Grass Range-Winnett started strong in set two. The Rangers took a 4-0 lead off a kill from Kendra Murnion. The lead grew to 8-2 on a kill from Brianna Roat. Fromberg did make a run to close the set to 9-8, but the Lady Rangers came back to score six consecutive points and take a 15-8 lead. A kill by Piper Johnson gave the Lady Rangers a 20-13 lead. Another point was made off an ace by Jacy Nunn. Fromberg was called for being in the net to finish the set with a 25-13 win.

Set three started with a 5-0 run by the Lady Rangers. Consecutive ace serves by Roat pushed the Grass Range-Winnett advantage to 8-1. After the score reached 15-3, Hailey Matovich served the rest of the points to give Grass Range-Winnett a 25-3 win. Matovich had five ace serves during the run. 




Where is your favorite place to go camping in Central Montana?