Herders ground J-Hawks 36-0

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The Herder football team welcomed the Joliet J-Hawks to Big Timber Friday, Oct. 2, and promptly handed the Hawks a 36-0 loss that moved Big Timber to 5-1 this season.

The Herder defense handled Joliet’s offense all night, limiting the Hawks to less than 100 yards of total offense. Joliet mustered just 81 total yards while not converting a single third down in 10 tries and turning the ball over twice.

Reilly Lannen and Billy Miller each forced a fumble, and Ryan Morgan led the team with four tackles.

Four Herders had two tackles each in Brent Finn, Drew Pike, Luke Rech and Jess Moody.

While Big Timber’s defense didn’t allow a point all game, it took until the second quarter for the Herder offense to get going.

They scored four second-quarter touchdowns thanks to a strong rushing attack. Finishing the game with 229 rushing yards as a team, Big Timber scored all four times in the second quarter via rushing plays.

Nathan Baker opened the scoring with a 20-yard touchdown run and later in the quarter scored on a 41-yard scamper to give the Herders a 14-0 lead.

Big Timber scored again when Morgan capped a drive with a three-yard touchdown run.

Sam Curry closed the second-quarter scoring with his touchdown run of 15 yards. The Herders elected to go for two following Curry’s score, and converted for a 29-0 halftime lead.

Baker scored his third touchdown of the game in the third quarter to close out the game’s scoring. He finished with a game-high 96 yards on just 10 carries with three touchdowns.

Finn added 75 yards on his four carries. Curry also carried the ball four times, running for 35 yards and a score. Morgan completed 33 percent of his passes, 3-of-9, for 33 yards, but Finn also threw the ball twice, completing one of the two for 35 yards.

Kenny Smith caught Finn’s 35-yard pass for his only reception. Curry caught two passes for 27 yards.

With three games left this season, the Herders will try to improve their playoff positioning starting Friday, Oct. 9, in Roundup. That game will be the first of two straight on the road before Big Timber comes home to finish the season.

By Thomas Watson / Yellowstone Newspapers

Photo by LINDSEY ERIN KROSKOB / Big Timber Pioneer