Rangers lose 39-14 against Blue Ponies

By Thomas E. Watson
Enterprise Staff Writer

 

The Park High Ranger offense had its best game of the season at home Friday night against Havre, but the Rangers couldn’t keep pace with the Blue Ponies. Park lost to Havre 39-14 to drop the Rangers’ record to 0-6 for the season.

After having to forfeit their first two games, the Rangers have improved greatly over the three games they have played this season.

In Friday’s game, Park racked up 258 yards of offense, including 164 yards through the air. Quarterback Rydell Floyd completed 65 percent of his passes, connecting on 13 of his 20 attempts for 142 yards and two touchdowns. John Waddell was 2-for-4 with 22 yards and an interception.

Floyd’s first touchdown came on the first play of the second quarter, when he hooked up with Warren Hanson for a 55-yard touchdown pass. After Floyd and Hanson connected again for a successful two-point conversion, the Rangers trailed 13-8 with 11:51 to go in the second quarter.

Havre answered that score with a four-minute-and-fifty-second drive that ended with a successful quarterback sneak on fourth-and-goal from the 1-yard line.

Down 19-8, Park went three-and-out on its next drive. The Blue Ponies then used a 55-yard run on their first play to kickstart their fourth touchdown drive of the first half. Havre scored on a screen pass from the 10-yard line with 2:12 to go in the opening half.

Havre scored twice more in the third quarter to make it 39-8, then Floyd threw his second touchdown pass of the game, this time to Brock Peterson, to make the final 39-14.

Peterson’s touchdown reception was one of nine catches for the junior in the game. He had 68 yards, while Hanson had 64 yards receiving on just two catches. Matt Netley caught two passes for 19 yards.

On the ground, Waddell carried most of the load for the Rangers. He had 16 of the team’s 24 carries, and Waddell gained 68 of Park’s 94 rushing yards. Dalton Walker added 17 yards on five carries.

Waddell also had a good game defensively, finishing with eight total tackles. Tyler Laverty led the team in stops with 12, bringing his team-leading season total to 32 tackles in just three games. Shea Bergsing had 11 tackles in the game.

This week the Rangers play on the road for the second time this season, and it may be Park’s best opportunity for a win so far. The Rangers travel to Browning on Friday for a game between two winless teams. Browning sports the same 0-6 record as the Rangers, and Browning was Park’s only win last season.

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