I have always seen high scores in 9-man football, but I’ve never witnessed on myself when both offenses are clicking. Thursday morning I finally got to witness a classic 9-man shootout between the Hancock Owls and the Mountain Iron-Buhl Rangers. The Rangers struck first with RB Dillon Drake pouncing on a fumble from teammate QB Asher Zubich in the end zone. The Owls did not waste any time getting that score back with WR Isaac Nienhaas rushing from 9 yards out. In the Second Quarter, Hancock QB Preston Rohloff hit WR Brandon Kellenberger for a 20 yard strike. On the ensuing kickoff, Drake ran it back 85 yards to tie the game back up. Not to be outdone, RB Tyler Timmerman ran back his kickoff 75 yards to give the Owls the lead back. After that the flood gates were open and Hancock ran way with the game. Rohloff hit WR Daniel Midlander for a 85 yard pitch-and-catch for a 30-14 halftime lead. Timmerman had 3 touchdowns to open the second half, runs from 45 and 32 yards and then catching a screen for a 58 yard score. Mountain Iron-Buhl struck back with a 9 yard run from RB Nikolas Jesch, making the score 50-20. Jesch caught a 26 yard pass from Zubich for another score. Timmerman ran another score in from 8 yards. RB Dalton Rose capped the Owl scoring with a 2 yard plunge. Jesch and Zubich connected one more time for a 48 yard score to end all scoring, leaving the final score at 65-32.
Players Highlighted from Hancock:
Running Back/Defensive Back- Tyler Timmerman has all kinds of speed and ran all over the defense on offense and special teams.
Wide Receiver/Defensive Back- Brandon Kelleneberger had a great game defensively forcing turnovers.
Center- Adam Shaw had a great game both run and pass blocking.
Quarterback- Preston Rohloff spread the ball around really well in the passing game.
Players Highlighted from Mountain Iron-Buhl:
Running Back/Linebacker- Dillon Drake ran the ball hard and had both speed and power, kept the ball moving.
Quarterback/Defensive Back- Asher Zubich ran the read option well, was super shifty and accelerated well in open field.