In a contest that lived up to its’ hype as a rivalry game, the Sully Buttes Chargers and Potter County Battlers threw haymaker after haymaker at each other, and a late score by Potter County pushed them to a 26-24 victory Friday night in Onida.
With the score at 8-0 with time winding down before half, Potter County scored with :01 second before halftime to pull within 8-6 at the midway break. In the third quarter Sully Buttes had a Blaine Hill 26 yard run to put the Chargers back up by 16-6. On the next possession, Battlers quarterback Grant Luikens hit Blake Bassett on a 37 yard pass to pull Potter County to 16-12. After a couple of change of possessions, the Battlers scored on a Luikens 29 yard run, to go up 20-16, with the two point conversion. The Chargers responded with a 47 yard scoring drive to retake the lead 20-16—capped by a Landon Hepker to Garrett Petersen 34 yard pass play.
Next up, with only 3:28 remaining, Luikens and the Battlers had a 64 yard scoring drive—with the big play a 60 yard strike to Bassett to give the Battlers a26-24 lead.
The Chargers were driving late, when a floating pass by Sully Buttes was picked off by the Battlers to ice the game.
Potter County finished with 352 yards of offense—305 through the air, while Sully Buttes finished with 347 yards—and 315 of those were on the ground.
Potter County is now 1-2 on the year, while Sully Buttes falls to 0-3. Next up for the Chargers is a road contest Friday at Herreid, to take on the Herreid Selby Area Wolverines. You can catch the action with the voice of Charger sports—Country 95.3FM, and DT Meyer.