The Choteau High School eight-man football team notched a second win on the season, defeating Simms, 48-8, last week on the road. This week, the Bulldogs will host Chester-Joplin-Inverness with the varsity game at 7 p.m. on Sept. 8
Choteau’s junior high football team will play the CJI junior high team at 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 8. The CHS junior varsity football team will travel to CJI on Sept. 11 for a 4:30 p.m. game.
Coach Lucas Gunderson said he expects CJI to be comparable in skills to Simms and Chinook. CJI has a big offensive line and uses a split rushing and passing game, taking advantage of a skilled running back.
In preparation for this game, the Bulldogs will continue to work on making sure each player knows his assignment and executes it well. The boys will also be working on their passing game to help diversify their offensive options.
In last week’s game, the Bulldogs put up 365 yards of offense, including 254 rushing yards and 111 passing yards. Simms only tallied 86 total yards of offense, 71 rushing and 15 passing.
Quarterback Jonathan Moore completed seven of 10 passes for 89 yards. Back-up quarterback Johnny Rappold completed one pass for 22 yards. Choteau had no interceptions. The leading receivers were Crabtree with 56 yards on five receptions, Rappold with one 32-yard reception and Gage Cummings with one 22-yard reception.
Moore was also the team’s leading rusher with 158 yards on 16 carries. Kyler Crabtree had 61 yards on seven carries and Shamus McNeil had 27 yards on eight carries. Shane Willekes had 14 yards on two carries.
The Bulldogs scored first on a 39-yard run by Moore. Moore then handed the ball off to sophomore Crabtree, who ran in the two-point conversion, putting Choteau up 8-0 in the first quarter. The Bulldogs continued to score at will, putting up 40 points in the first half as the Choteau defense held Simms scoreless.
In the second half, Choteau only scored once on a 70-yard run by Moore, followed up with a hand-off to McNeil for the two-point conversion run, giving Choteau a 48-0 lead.
Simms scored just once, in the fourth quarter, on a 23-yard run by Korbin Sheldon, who also successfully ran in the two-point conversion to score Simms’ only points on the night.
Choteau’s Moore scored twice, Crabtree had three touchdowns (two on runs and one from a pass) and McNeil scored once on a five-yard pass from Moore.
Moore also connected with Rappold for a two-point conversion pass. In this game, all of Choteau’s two-point conversion tries were successful.
Choteau’s defense sacked the Simms quarterback four times. Those in on the sacks included McNeil, Dakota Daley and Garrett Yeager. Daley, Yeager and Bryan Ballard each had one quarterback knock-down in the game and Choteau’s Moore, Kolby Kovatch and Crabtree each had one pass deflection. Daley also came up with two fumble recoveries for the Bulldogs. Moore and Crabtree each intercepted one Simms pass. McNeil led the team in unassisted tackles with seven while Willekes had four. Cummings and Ballard each contributed four tackle assists.
“Our defense just played phenomenal,” Gunderson said, adding that defensive coordinator Dan Yeager structured a plan that isolated Simms’ key players and the boys executed it well.
“The boys are just playing well. They are coming together as a team,” Gunderson said. “They are dedicated to the football program and to each other.”
Choteau 16-24-8-0 — 48
Simms 0-0-0-8 — 8
Choteau — Jonathan Moore 39-yd. run. (Kyler Crabtree run.)
Choteau — Crabree 6-yd. run. (Johnny Rappold pass from Moore.)
Choteau — Crabtree 3-yd. run. (Crabtree pass from Moore.)
Choteau — Shamus McNeil 5-yd. pass from Moore. (McNeil run.)
Choteau — Crabtree 10-yd. pass from Moore. (McNeil run.)
Choteau — Moore 70-yd. run. (McNeil run.)
Simms — Korbin Sheldon 23-yd. run. (Sheldon run.)