Bridger boys reach state finals for 1st time

Alastair Baker
News Editor

The Bridger boys’ football team made history by reaching their first ever 6-Man football state final after defeating White Sulphur Springs 64-36.
They host the Mon/Dak Thunder team, Nov. 18 at 1 p.m. at the Scouts’ football field. This is the Thunder’s 2nd successive appearance in the final.
“This was a huge win for us and puts us in position to play for the state title,” said coach Mike Mathis. “We executed precisely on offense in the first half catching fire and scoring on all our drives except one. Defensively we gave up an early score and then stopped or turned them over for the remaining first half WSS possessions.”
Colter Zentner was “way too much for the Hornets to handle” said Mathis, rushing six times for 83 yards with three touchdowns on the ground and going 10-13 passing for 249 yards with four touchdown passes all in the first half except for one eight yard scoring pass he threw on the one play he was in after halftime. Colter also recorded 14 tackles and one sack mostly before halftime.
“He played defense for their first possession after the half and then we shut him down. I can’t say enough about what he does for the team and the impact he has on each game he is a true warrior out there who gives his heart and soul for every down. He makes all his teammates better players as his energy is infectious and his play making ability is outstanding,” said Mathis.
“We got numerous high quality contributions from all the starters including Nick Althoff and Russell and Colby Zentner. We’re going to need every ounce will and desire the talented Scouts have left as we’ll face a dynamic Mon/Dak Thunder team for the six-man crown,” he said.
“It’ll be a hard hitting fast paced game with both teams very familiar with each other as this will be the fourth meeting in the past two years,” said Mathis.
“I’d like to thank the excellent fan support we got on the road our crowd was amazing and we enjoy giving a hard and quality effort to earn those cheers,” he said.
Nick Althoff had four rushes for 56 yards and one rush touchdown to go with two receptions for 100 yards both going for scores while getting in on 17 tackles.
Russell Zentner had four catches for 53 yards and two touchdowns also making 14 tackles and intercepted a pass and Colby Zentner had three receptions for 97 yards and one touchdown and threw a 55 yard touchdown pass as well as making eight tackles and picked off one pass.


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