The Choteau High School varsity football game lost, 46-18, at home on Sept. 3 to the Belt High School Huskies. The Bulldogs are now 0-2 overall and 0-1 in conference. This week, they will play Cascade on the road on Sept. 10 at 7 p.m.
In the team’s home debut last week, Choteau faced the fundamentally solid Belt Huskies coached by veteran Jeff Graham. Belt has 26 players out for football this season, but is light on seniors. Graham’s key skilled players were quarterback Bridger Vogl, a junior, running back Garett Metrione, also a junior, and running back Hayden Urick, a senior.
Belt’s offensive and defensive lines weren’t as big as Choteau’s with only three players at or over 200 pounds, but those linemen were agile, fast and on defense did a great job of shutting down the Bulldogs’ running game. On offense, the line gave Vogl plenty of time to throw an accurate pass or hand the ball off to Metrione or Urick.
Belt’s defense held Choteau scoreless for the first three quarters. In the fourth quarter, the Bulldogs scored three times, on a 65-yard run by senior running back Carter Morgan, on a 38-yard run by senior running back Jeff Colesworthy and on an 11-yard run by Derrek Brownell, a junior running back.
Unofficially, Choteau had 211 net yards offense, including 196 yards rushing and 15 passing in junior Garrett Torok’s debut as the team’s starting quarterback. Torok completed four of 12 passes on the night and was intercepted twice. Morgan was Choteau’s leading rusher with 14 carries for 147 yards and one touchdown. Colesworthy had seven carries for 38 yards and one touchdown. Torok kept the ball himself 14 times for negative seven yards.
On defense, the Bulldogs forced Belt to turn the ball over on fourth down three times and to punt once. Choteau’s pass defenders, including Beattie and Colesworthy, batted down or broke up a number of Vogl’s passes. Beattie had a third-quarter interception of a Vogl pass, but the Bulldogs weren’t able to capitalize on the turnover as they fumbled the ball just one play later and the Huskies recovered it. The Bulldogs held Belt scoreless in the third quarter.
The Huskies intercepted Choteau in the second quarter and as Choteau’s offensive line scrambled to stop the Belt runner, the ball popped loose and Choteau center Gus Lee recovered the ball for the Bulldogs.
The Huskies had 329 yards offense, including 177 yards rushing and 152 yards passing. Belt’s defenders sacked Torok seven times and had six pass deflections. Belt had 82 tackles in the win.
On offense, Vogl completed eight of 14 passes for two touchdowns. He was intercepted once. Vogl was the team’s leading rusher with 74 yards, followed by Metrione with 63 and Jeremy Nebel with 55.
Choteau 0-0-0-18 — 18
Belt 16-16-0-14 — 46
Belt — Garrett Metrione 1-yd. run. (Run failed.)
Belt — Safety.
Belt — Metrione 26-yd. pass to Jeremy Nebel. (Metrione run.)
Belt — Bridger Vogl 29-yd. run. (Vogl pass to Reese Paulson.)
Belt — Vogl 10-yd. pass to Metrione. (Vogl pass to Keaghn McDaniel.)
Belt — Vogl 1-yd. pass to Hayden Urick. (Pass failed.)
Choteau — Carter Morgan 65-yd. run. (Kick failed.)
Choteau — Jeff Colesworthy 38-yd. run. (Run failed.)
Belt — Paulson 1-yd. run. (J.D. Shepard pass to Zach Feldman.)
Choteau — Derrek Brownell 11-yd. run.