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Hawk Football Plays A Unique Game Against Simms

 

September 10, 2021

The Broadus Hawks are pictured on offense, with QB Wyatt Gee over center, while the Simms Tiger bench watches from the sidelines. Broadus played Simms in Lavina last Saturday, following the last minute cancellation of St. Labre's season and thus the cancellation of the Broadus home game last Friday. (Photo courtesy Kylie Randall)

With the cancellation of the St. Labre season early last week, Broadus Hawk Football had an open spot in their schedule. Simms, a Northern C team, agreed to meet Broadus in Lavina for a game on Saturday. Lavina is approximately equi-distant from each town, at 207 miles from Simms, and 212 miles from Broadus.

Broadus went into the game coming off a road win at Forsyth, but didn't know quite what to expect from Simms. Last season Simms finished the regular season with a 4 and 2 record, and made the playoffs, losing out in their first playoff game against Thompson Falls, 50-6. Last weekend, Simms beat Lone Peak.

Broadus Head Coach Ross Randall told us that the Simms game had a bit of a playoff feel to the game, playing on a neutral site against a team that Broadus had not faced in the past.

Broadus looked solid in the first quarter, with the score tied at 0-0, and the Hawks then scoring at the beginning of the second quarter on a 50 yard pass from Wyatt Gee to Jaxon Bilbrey. The follow-up two point conversion throw to Cooper Zimmer was good, and the Hawks led 8-0.

At that point, Broadus began to have difficulties with turnovers and Simms took advantage of the situation, scoring on four drives in the second quarter to go into the half up 31-8.

In the second half Simms continued to drive the ball with their running game, racking up 262 yards on the Hawks during the game. Broadus would score once more, on a kickoff return for a touchdown by Colton Biesheuvel, and an extra point kick from Wyatt Gee (the first extra point kick in several years for the Hawks).

The Hawks discuss their next play, at Lavina last Saturday. By all accounts the host site served as a great venue for the game pitting Broadus against Simms. (Photo courtesy Kylie Randall)

The Simms Tigers would finish the game beating the Hawks by a score of 57-15, with 28 points coming off turnovers. "The turnover situation, and our ability to pickup the blitz are both something we're really going to work on in practice this week," Randall proclaimed.

The Hawks will need to bring their A-game this week, as they make the long drive to Westby-Grenora to face "A" subconference rivals MonDak, this Friday at 7 pm. MonDak is coming off a 30-6 loss to Plentywood, and currently share a 1-1 record with Broadus, leading the "A" subconference, which also features Circle, Fairview, Lodge Grass, and Poplar. The "B" subconference features Culbertson, Plentywood, and Scobey (all with 2-0 records), as well as Ekalaka and Forsyth.

Randall noted that the Hawks are healthy coming out of the weekend, a major plus with the grind of football season in high gear.

Standout performances on defense for the Hawks against Simms included Cooper Zimmer's 6 unassisted tackles, and Jaxon Bilbrey's 6 assisted tackles.

Individual stats may be found on page 6.

 

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