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Savage Heat get first win


September 15, 2022

Annie Wooden

Jody Page catches a pass in the endzone for a Hot Springs touchdown during the Savage Heat's home game against Twin Bridges on Friday.

The Hot Springs football team was hungry for their first win of the season last week. After losing their first two contests of the seasons, they waited patiently all week to host the Twin Bridges Falcons on their home field on Friday. The wait was a little longer than anticipated, as the Twin Bridges bus broke down on the journey to Hot Springs. The wait was worth it though, as the Savage Heat carded their first win of the season, 40-6.

In the opening series, Hot Springs stopped the Falcons on the four yard line and then Weston Slonaker blocked the punt and the ball rolled out of the end zone, giving the Savage Heat a safety and the first two points of the game. Hot Springs kept that momentum going when they got the ball again and Jody Page caught a pass for a touchdown and the Savage Heat.

Hot Springs would add one more touchdown in the first quarter, with sophomore Johnny Waterbury running the ball in for a score as the Savage Heat defense did their part to keep the Falcons scoreless. Hot Springs forced Twin Bridges to punt once, then the Falcons went for it on fourth and five before the quarter ended but were stopped short by sophomore Nick McAllister.

The second quarter was much of the same for Hot Springs, as Quincy Styles-Depoe caught a touchdown pass and then Garth Parker ran another one into the end zone. Twin Bridges got the ball once again, but fumbled and Hot Springs recovered it, turning it into another touchdown from Depoe, who then intercepted a Falcons pass before the second half ended with Hot Springs up 34-0.

The Savage Heat were less successful in the third quarter, but kept their strong lead. Twin Bridges was determined to get points on the board and did with a pass caught by Reed Johnson. Those six were it for the Falcons, however, as Hot Springs blocked the PAT.

In the fourth quarter, the Falcons defense started strong on Hot Springs, putting the Savage Heat at fourth and 11 when McAllister threw a pass to Waterbury who went into the end zone one more time, putting the home team up 40-6. That would be the final score of the game as both defenses held back their opponents' offense for the remainder of the game.

This week, Hot Springs travels to White Sulphur Springs. Kickoff is at 1 p.m. Saturday.


Annie Wooden

Hot Springs sophomore Nick McAllister pushes past E.J. Puckett of Twin Bridges.

The Red Devils gave a warm welcome to the Lima Bears for 6-man action in Noxon last Friday, sending the Bears home with a 44-6 loss. Noxon scored 24 points in the first quarter, establishing their dominance over the Beaverhead County team.

The Red Devils allowed just one touchdown by Lima in the whole game, toward the end of the first quarter. On offense, Ian Brown and Owen Ramsey each carded a safety for Noxon, while Johnny Kneer ran in for two touchdowns, and Ricky Williams scored on one run and two passes. Gage Hendrick also scored on a run in the first quarter.

Noxon moves to 2-1 overall for the season and will travel to West Yellowstone on Saturday, with kickoff set for 1 p.m.


The Horsemen had a week off last week, but will be back on the first this week as they travel to Troy on Friday, with kickoff set for 7 p.m. Next week will be homecoming for the Trotters and Horsemen.


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