High School Sports

O-line leads Great Falls

GREAT FALLS -- Great Falls coach Ken Schofield realizes that the glamour positions, such as the running backs, quarterbacks and receivers, often hear their names mentioned after scoring touchdowns.

However, Schofield knows that those names would not be heard if not for the unsung heroes who seldom are featured in the highlight reels -- the offensive linemen.

The Red Devils' linemen dominated the trenches by paving the way for a whopping 401 rushing yards in the 40-6 home victory over Nation Ford on Friday.

"All of the credit goes to the guys up front," Schofield said. "In my opinion, these are the most important guys on the field."

The dominance of the Red Devils' linemen was immediately noticed on the first play from scrimmage when running back Jeremy Simpson sprinted 70 yards into the end zone for the 6-0 Great Falls lead.

Nation Ford, however, responded later in the first quarter after defensive back Dee Truesdale intercepted a pass and ran 25 yards to Great Falls' 42-yard line. Truesdale then shined offensively by catching a pass from quarterback Mitchell Starnes and running 32 yards inside the 10.

On the next play, Starnes broke two tackles on a quarterback keeper and ran 9 yards for the score.

Great Falls (2-0) immediately bounced back on its next possession. A.J. Squirewell threw a halfback pass to a wide-open Cedric Spence for a 65-yard completion to the 3-yard line. Two plays later, Spence carried the remaining yards for the 14-6 Great Falls advantage.

Nation Ford, playing in its first varsity season, dropped to 0-3. Falcon coach Rusty Jester conceded that Great Falls was the superior team who dominated on both sides of the football.

"We just could not get anything going offensively. We had no time to throw," Jester said. "We played a very good team; however, we will just take this as another learning experience."

Nation Ford 6 0 0 0 -- 6

Great Falls 14 12 14 0 -- 40

Great Falls 40

Nation Ford 6