Sully Buttes Advances To Class 9B State Championship

In a game that saw both teams score touchdowns the first two times they touched the ball, and with the score tied at 20-20 at the half, the Sully Buttes Chargers adjusted in the second half and pitched a shutout to come away with a 36-20 victory over the defending Class 9B state champion Colome Cowboys Friday night in Onida.

The Cowboys opened the game with a four play first drive from their 20—capped by a Chase Dufek (Doo-fek) 67 yard run to open scoring at 6-0.  The Chargers followed on the first play offensively from their 28 with a 72 yard TD run by quarterback Devan Kleven and two point extra point to make the score 8-6 Chargers.  On the ensuing kickoff Dufek struck again—this time for an 82 yard score.  Chargers coach Mark Senftner said that they were in the right position—but didn’t make the play;

Sully Buttes took it 59 yards on their next series, capped by a Morris Hofer three yard run to push the score to 14-12.  Later in the first half both teams scored and went in at halftime tied at 20-20.

Sully Buttes deferred at the coin flip to get the ball—and the wind—in the second half and put together an eight play 63 yard scoring drive finished off by a Kleven to Nick Wittler 28 yard scoring pass, and an extra point to make it 28-20 Sully Buttes.  The Chargers held the Cowboys out of the end zone in the second half, and coach Senftner said it was because of a total team effort;

The Chargers scored late on a Morris Hofer 56 yard run, and two point conversion with fifty seconds left in the game.  That play was run on a 4th and one, and after both teams used a timeout to make sure they were prepared.

Snow covered the field after approximately two and a half to three inches fell Friday, and was shoveled off by school officials, parents, and volunteers Friday afternoon.  While the snow wasn’t a factor on the field, the wind was, with both teams using it to their advantage when they had it at their backs.

Next up for the undefeated Chargers—now 11-0, is a game Thursday morning against last years Class 9A state champs, the Colman Egan Hawks.  You can catch the play by play with the voice of the Chargers—DT Meyer, along with Hayden Handcock on Country 95.3FM and pierrecountry dot com.