PRIEST RIVER — Homecoming and senior night were very sweet here thanks to Priest River’s 47-6 blowout win over Bonners Ferry Oct. 6. Head coach Brad Martin called it a great team win.
“Very proud of our hard working players and coaches. We have a dedicated team and excellent coaches and that makes all the difference and they deserve to be recognized and given the credit for all their effort and accomplishments so far this season.”
The Badgers started off strong, said Martin, but after the first quarter the Spartans became dominant.
“We came to life and started playing well for a long stretch after that. Caleb Blancher’s punt block and recovery was a huge play for us. Linemen played extremely well. Skill players had a good night and a big night.”
Bonners Ferry ran 16 more plays than Priest River and threw for 116 more yards than the Spartans, but were outgained 343-249 and destroyed on the ground by Priest River’s 270 rushing yards. The Badgers and Spartans fared poorly on third and fourth down, but the Spartans converted several more than their opponents, who only converted one third down. The Badgers also didn’t help themselves with eight penalties for 80 yards.
Riley DeMent threw for 73 yards and one touchdown, and ran for 76 yards and two touchdowns including a 71-yard quarterback keeper. Robbie Anselmo ran 15 times for 63 yards and two touchdowns. Blancher ran four times for 44 yards and one touchdown. Dausen O’Brien rushed for 117 yards and one touchdown on seven carries, Ronnie Downs caught the long pass of the day for 41 yards. On defense, Cody Salesky led with 6.5 tackles including two for losses, O’Brien rackd up six tackles including one for a loss, Cole Thompson made five solo tackles, DeMent earned 4.5 tackles, and homecoming king Derrick Melton made four solo tackles incluing two for losses.
Martin singled out the seniors for their performances, and Spartan junior Anselmo.
“Anselmo continued to be one of if not our best player and has always been very consistent for us.” He added, “I was proud of our offense the way they moved the ball and put up a lot of points. Also, the defense played outstanding. Other than a punt snap over the head that resulted in a 31 yard loss to the 11 and a score two plays later they shut down and shut out a Bonners team with a talented quarterback and some good skill players.”
The Spartans will visit Kellogg Friday at 7 p.m. in a critical Intermountain League matchup.
Martin asked fans to “Please continue to support your Spartan football team this week and come on the road with us to Kellogg. We appreciate the support, fans and all of you cheering on our team! Big game this week. Go Spartans!!”
PR 0 28 12 7 - 47
BF 6 0 0 0 - 6