Bridger feels the Paine of defeat

By: 
Alastair Baker
News Editor

Jeremiah Paine, MonDak’s record-breaking quarterback, single handedly dampened any Bridger Scouts ambitions last weekend by throwing 9 touchdown passes to help the Thunder take their first 6-Man Championship title.
Paine had already broken the record for career touchdown passes in the regular season in 6-Man football.
Despite the score ending 68-37 the Bridger boys can be pleased with their overall performance throughout the season.
“We had a ton of fun this year together we’ll never forget this season we all bonded and grew closer and the fantastic play on the field was unmatched,” said Coach Mike Mathis. “We were happy to represent the Bridger community and Carbon County by hosting this championship game.”
Nick Althoff opened the scoring with a short drive and signaled the start of joyous celebrations among the 200 plus crowd that had gathered.
The cheers were short lived as the Thunder came back strongly through 6’ 2” Ridge Sargent who seemed to be on the receiving end of every throw and every point.
With the Scouts blocked in, Colter Zentner managed to find a hole and drove 30-yards for a touchdown to make it 22-13. A chance to draw closer to the Thunder came when the Scouts had a drive towards the opposition’s line but it was broken up and MonDak came back with two quick touchdowns mid way through the 2nd quarter to effectively seal the game with a 49-19 lead at the half.
Colter Zentner and Colby Zentner got two more touchdowns in the 2nd half but Paine would not give up breaking more records.
“We tried our best to get the title. The Scouts left all their remaining energy out on the field but it wasn’t enough to get the win,” said Mathis. “We needed our two starting defensive ends Kaleb Buessing and Eric White for this game both were injured during the regular season.”
Mathis thanked the community for helping with the festivities of the day.
“We appreciate all the hard work and effort from members of the community and the area businesses for everything you did for us all year,” he said.
Colby Zentner, Bridger, takes a catch against MonDak.

(Left) In a tangle as Bridger and MonDak vie for supremacy.

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