Roy-Winifred, Grass Range- Winnett battle in Grass Range

Doreen Heintz
Sports Editor

Roy-Winifred’s Ryan Russell (black uniform) breaks into the Bridger secondary during this first half run.                                                             

Photo by Doreen Heintz

Grass Range-Winnett is the first Central Montana area team to celebrate its annual homecoming when the Rangers welcome Roy-Winifred to Grass Range for the homecoming football game at 1 p.m. today (Saturday). Last year, the Rangers spoiled the Outlaws homecoming game by defeating the Outlaws in Winifred. This year the Outlaws would like nothing better than to return the favor.
It will be an uphill battle for the young Outlaws. They were blasted by Bridger last Saturday in Winifred, 65-0, while the Rangers defeated Fromberg, 62-6.
The Outlaws will definitely be the underdog in Grass Range today. Coach Nick Econom was short on numbers in the game against Bridger. Three of his starters were out, but he is hopeful to have them all back for the important conference game against the Rangers.
Another disadvantage for the Outlaws is the fact that five of them have never played football until this year – that includes three foreign exchange students who have been introduced to America’s football game.
The Outlaws are led by senior quarterback Cody Bergum and junior running back Ryan Russell. The offensive line for the Outlaws must play better today if the team is to have any chance of upsetting Grass Range-Winnett.
One thing is certain about the Outlaws - they never give up. Even when they were 40 points behind Bridger last Saturday, the Outlaws were battling hard.
During their last series on offense in the game, the Outlaws got the ball down to the Bridger 3-yd line with under two minutes left on the clock.
Due to the running clock, the Outlaws attempted to get the ball in the end zone before time ran out. On second and goal, Bergum’s pass fell off the fingertips of his receiver. That play ended the game.

Grass Range-Winnett looking to stay undefeated in conference play 
Even though the Rangers suffered two non-conference losses early in the season, the team is currently undefeated in conference play with a 2-0 record. Grass Range-Winnett lost only a couple of players to graduation and returned a solid core from the team that took second in the Southern Six-Man Division last season.
Coach T.J. Smith has gotten production out of several of his players this season. Chris Campbell is having a solid year after returning from playing football in Australia during the summer. Zane Stahl and Caleb Hess are also playing well for Smith, along with Caden McCarthy and Ryan Drollinger.
Hess scored four touchdowns in the lopsided win last Saturday against Fromberg. Three of his touchdowns came on defense when he intercepted three Fromberg passes and scored touchdowns after all three.



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