BADGERS RIP APART M-D-M
By Pat Perkins
Observer Staff Writer
NORTH POWDER The biggest cheers Friday for the Powder Valley Badgers came on a pair of two-point conversions, which were pass plays to a lineman.
That 6-foot, 265-pound junior guard Kylee Simonis easily caught the two passes and a scrambled screen pass late in the Badgers 67-14 rout of Monument-Dayville-Mitchell was a surprise to many.
Those are the first three hes caught all season long, teammate Anthony Swales said. He hasnt caught any in practice.
Weve only been doing it for a week, Simonis admitted.
Powder Valley could afford to throw to its lineman. By the time Simonis touched the ball, his team had a 53-0 lead in the second quarter of the District 4-1A playoff game.
Monument-Dayville-Mitchell scored twice against the Badgers third-string defense, which came into the game halfway through the second quarter.
We just had to use it for what it was, and that was a tuneup for next week, Powder Valley coach Alan Stanfield said.
It wasnt much of a challenge for a team that enters next weeks state playoffs with a 9-0 record. Powder Valley will play Condon, a team that the Badgers beat 44-32 early in the season.
Condon blew an 18-point lead late in Fridays game against Ione but came back to win 46-40 and wrap up the Big Sky Conferences second playoff spot.
Four different Badgers scored in the first quarter, and three of those touchdowns were one-play drives.
Brody Turner had two touchdowns, a 60-yard pass from Todd Baxter and a 56-yard run. Baxter also threw a 58-yard score to Riley Martin and a 15-yarder to Ryan Browne. Baxter also had an 11-yard touchdown run and a 77-yarder.
David Dozhier scored twice in the second quarter, first on a 1-yard run that came after the games only turnover, and second on a 45-yard run with four seconds to play.
Browne also had a 35-yard touchdown run in the second quarter.
The Badgers biggest concern is a lack of quality playing time for their starters. When Saturdays playoff game arrives, those starters will not have played a full game since beating Jordan Valley six weeks ago.
Weve been running the last few weeks in practice to get ready, Simonis said. Well be ready to play a full game next week.
Mon.-Day.-Mitchell 0 14 x x 14
Powder Valley 30 37 x x 67
PV Brody Turner 60 pass from Todd Baxter (kick failed), 9:45
PV Riley Martin 58 pass from Todd Baxter (Baxter run), 6:37
PV Baxter 11 run (Turner pass from Baxter), 3:23
PV Ryan Browne 15 pass from Baxter (Baxter run), 1:25
PV Turner 56 run (Browne run), 11:24
PV Baxter 77 run (Baxter kick), 6:29
PV David Dozhier 1 run (Kylee Simonis pass from Baxter), 3:47
MDM Dustin Cloud 25 run (Roy Shepard run), 3:14
PV Browne 35 run (Simonis pass from Deven Thompson), 2:02
MDM Cloud 81 pass from Travis Moore (pass failed), 1:41
PV Dozhier 45 run (pass failed), 0:04
RUSHING Monument-Dayville-Mitchell, Cloud 4-42, Lippert 10-22, Shepard 8-10, Ashley 2-(minus 3), Moore 2-(minus 8). Powder Valley, Baxter 3-93, Turner 2-75, Dozhier 7-70, Browne 2-37, Martin 1-15.
PASSING Monument-Dayville-Mitchell, Moore 5-6-0-104, Ashley 1-4-0-2. Powder Valley, Baxter 4-5-0-136.
RECEIVING Monument-Dayville-Mitchell, Cloud 2-96, Jewell 2-9, Lippert 2-1. Powder Valley, Browne 2-18, Turner 1-60, Martin 1-58.