Herders 2-0 with Three Forks win

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The Herders improved to 2-0 on the season Friday night, Sept. 4, when they went on the road and defeated Three Forks 49-0 thanks to a dominating defensive effort.

The Herder defense not only didn’t allow a point, they didn’t allow a single passing yard and held the Wolves to 39 total yards on 38 offensive plays.

Three Forks only gained two first downs the entire game and was 1-of-9 on third down conversions. The Herders also won the turnover battle, recovering two fumbles and intercepting a pass.

Big Timber lost two fumbles themselves, but other than those two turnovers, it was a big day for the offense. 

The Herders scored four touchdowns in the opening quarter to lead 28-0. They added another second-quarter touchdown to make the score 35-0 at halftime, and two second-half touchdowns made the final 49-0.

Quarterback Ryan Morgan was involved in each of Big Timber’s first three scores. He finished off a drive with a five-yard run for the first score of the game.

Then Morgan found receiver Brent Finn for an 11-yard touchdown pass. Morgan hooked up with Luke Rech on a 55-yard scoring strike, and Finn capped the first-quarter scoring with a touchdown run of 40 yards.

In the second quarter, Morgan busted loose for the biggest play of the game, a 68-yard touchdown run.

Colton Bice scored both of Big Timber’s touchdowns in the second half. His first score came on a fumble return, then he added an 11-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.

The Herders rushed for 203 yards as a team. Morgan accounted for 86 of those yards on just five carries. Finn added 48 yards on three carries, and Sam Curry had 14 yards on five carries.

This Friday’s Sept. 11 game will serve as homecoming for Big Timber as they welcome Manhattan for a game at 7 p.m.

By Thomas Watson / Yellowstone Newspapers