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LSRV wins the rematch against HEM

1A six-man champions and runner-ups duke it out in Hanna


September 9, 2020

Mike Armstrong

The Miners did their best to stop the Rattlers from scoring at Saturdays home game, but came up short at the end, losing 19-44.

"The kids are working really hard and there are some boys that are going to show some leadership," said Zach Scott, Head Coach of the Hanna, Elk Mountain, Medicine Bow (HEM) Miners. Scott said before the game against Little Snake River Valley (LSRV). "Little Snake River Valley is a good starting point for us, it will be a chance to see how good we are at this point."

LSRV was the last team the Miners to playeed the year before and it was for the championship. The Miners did well, but did not come out on top.

This year, with six seniors leaving LSRV, the Miners felt good about their chances Saturday at noon. The Miners also had seniors leave, so Scott knew it wasn't going to be easy to beat LSRV.

Scott was confident in his quarterback Dylan Romero.

"He is new to other teams, but he has working at this positon for three years and he isn't new to us," Scott said.

Romero did pass for a touchdown and completed three out of seven passes for a total of 107 yards. Another player at the quarterback position in this game was Devon Grosstick, who completed four out of four passes for a touchdown and a total of 177 yards.

Grosstick caught the pass from Romero to score and Grosstick passed to receiver Jace Smith to score.

Andrew Scott rushed for a touchdown. He was the leading rusher for the team carrying the ball three times, averaging 21.3 yards for a total of 64 yards.

The scoring by these players wasn't quite enough to get past LSRV. The first quarter the Rattlers got ahead of the Miners by 8 points. The score was 6-14. The Rattlers scored in the 2nd quarter, as did the Miners, and the game was 12-22 going into halftime.

The Miners came out to play and did score again with the Romero pass to Grosstick, but it would be the last time for points. Unfortunately for the HEM team, LSRV was ready to play also. They did control the game for the entire last half, although there were good defensive plays.

Jace Smith led the team with 15 tackles. Thomas Wagner and Grosstick both got 9 tackles. Taylor Kennedy, Ura Schmidt and A. Scott all had 8 tackles.

Although the score did not come out as the HEM coach would have liked, he wasn't unhappy with the effort of his team.

"This team was good," Scott said. "We had to play football to find out who we are. Now we have things to work on and we know what to work on."

Scott said the first game is a learning experience win or lose.

"We had a great game in some ways and we made some mistakes but it is the first game and we will get better from it," Scott said. "We shot ourselves in the foot a few times with some bad snaps and that is hard to overcome when you are behind, but that is how we learn."

Scott wasn't disappointed with the team.

"I am proud of these kids and it is going to be a great football season," Scott said. "Once we figure out what we are doing, we will be right there with any team."


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