The blue part of the flame is the hottest. The Williston-Elko Blue Devils drove that fact home, burning the Great Falls Red Devils for numerous big plays in a 78-27 win Friday night.
Great Falls finished the year at 8-4. Williston-Elko, 10-1, advances to the third round of the Class A Division II playoffs.
Great Falls had no answer for W-E's Dexter Staley or Kendrick Salley. Salley ran for 187 yards and five touchdowns. Staley caught two TD passes, ran for one score and returned two fumble for scores. Staley's 95-yards fumble return made it 64-20.
The Red Devils were able to move the ball as they picked up 380 yards of total offense. The problem was they turned the ball over five times, three of which were returned for scores. They also had a punt blocked and gave up four kick returns of 50 yards or more.
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Alstevis Squirewell ran for 125 yards and two touchdowns for the Red Devils. He added nine tackles on defense. Xavier Holmes had 144 receiving yards.
GREAT FALLS 27
W-E-Kendrick Salley 13 run (Anthony Cuthbertson kick)
W-E-Salley 15 run (kick failed)
W-E-Dexter Staley 64 pass Tamyn Garrick (Staley pass from Garrick)
W-E-Staley 19 run (Cuthbertson kick)
GF-Alstevis Squirewell 23 run (Cody Mobley kick)
W-E-Staley 18 fumble return (Rokeem Williams pass from Garrick)
GF-Ernest Talford 27 pass from Shaq Lamar (Mobley kick)
W-E-Staley 35 pass from Garrick (kick failed)
GF-Xavier Holmes 54 pass from Lamar (kick failed)
W-E-Salley 21 run (Salley run)
W-E-Staley 95 fumble return (run failed)
W-E-Salley 22 run (Staley pass from Garrick)
GF-Squirewell 10 run (Mobley kick)
W-E-Salley 65 run (Cuthbertson kick)
W-E-Williams 45 interception return (Cuthbertson kick)
RUSHING - Great Falls: Squirewell 15-125, Talford 6-47, Shaquille Simpson 5-(-2), Lamar 2-(-17), Clark Schofield 1-2. Williston-Elko: Salley 17-187, Staley 2-24, Marcus Bates 1-(-1), Garrick 1-(-6), Faheem Richburg 3-(-5), Team 1-(-3).
PASSING - Great Falls: Lamar 7-19-171-3, Talford 1-1-56-0, Schofield 1-3-6-0. Williston-Elko: Garrick 7-11-213-0.
RECEIVING - Great Falls: Holmes 5-144, S. Simpson 3-62, Talford 1-27. Williston-Elko: Staley 4-142, Williams 2-72, Bates 1-(-1).
RECORDS: Williston-Elko 10-1; Great Falls 8-4.