Sometimes you have to suspend your disbelief at what a coach says.
"We came out cold," Great Falls coach Kenneth Schofield said. "We played like we hadn't practiced."
Anyone who saw the Red Devils rush for 472 yards and six touchdowns en route to a 55-15 Class A first-round playoff win against the Southside Christian Sabres would have had a hard time believing Schofield.
Ernest Talford scored on TD runs of 81, 32 and 63 yards in the first half for Great Falls (8-3). He had 198 of his 233 yards rushing before halftime.
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Shaquille Simpson also had 104 yards on the ground and a touchdown for the Red Devils.
Great Falls did get off to a sluggish start in the first quarter particularly in defending the pass. Southside Christian quarterback John Walker started 4-for-5 for 121 yards passing but was only 3-for-12 for 7 yards and an interception afterward. He was taken out for Austin Kimberly in the third quarter.
Kimberly threw an interception that Xavier Holmes returned 45 yards to make it 48-8 Red Devils.
Great Falls' defense had four sacks and forced four turnovers. They will face the winner of Williston-Elko/McCormick next week.
GREAT FALLS 55, SOUTHSIDE CHRISTIAN 15
GF- Ernest Talford 81 run (Talford run)
SS-Blake Bench 2 run (Austin Kimberly pass from John Walker)
GF-Talford 32 run (Cody Mobley kick)
GF-Talford 63 run (kick failed)
GF-Jamarcus Culp 7 pass from Shaq Lamar (kick failed)
GF-Alstevis Squirewell 17 run (Mobley kick)
GF-Shaquille Simpson 1 run (Mobley kick)
GF-Xavier Holmes 45 interception return (Mobley kick)
SS-Bench 10 yard run (Russell Harrison kick)
GF-D.C. Caldwell 64 run (Mobley kick)
RUSHING-Southside: Chris Luke 13-39, Jarred Lane 3-48, Blake Bench 8-39, Austin Kimberly 5-38, John Walker 3-(-18), Team 2-(-5). Great Falls: Ernest Talford 10-233, Shaquille Simpson 9-104, Alstevis Squirewell 8-74, D.C. Caldwell 1-64, Mac Means 1-1, Team 1-3, Shaq Lamar 2-(-8).
PASSING-Southside: Walker 7-17-128-0-1, Kimberly 1-2-16-0-1. Great Falls: Lamar 5-10-105-1-0, Talford 0-1-0-0-0.
RECEIVING-Southside: Russell Harrison 3-90, Bench 1-16, Tyler Holland 1-31, Luke 1-2, Kimberly 1-5. Great Falls: Xavier Holmes 3-75, Jamarcus Culp 2-30.
RECORDS-Great Falls 8-3; Southside 3-8.