LSRV wins state title rematch in convincing fashion
October 1, 2011
Results from the Little Snake River Valley School six-man varsity football team’s game Friday at Hanna-Elk Mountain High School in Hanna, Wyo.:
(Team — score)
• LSRV — 52
• Hanna — 0
LSRV leading offensive players:
• Daniel Wille — 128 yards rushing
• Manuel Quinteros — 93 yards rushing
• Zach Filip — 4/6 passing, 2 passing touchdowns
LSRV leading defensive players:
• Jacob Ready — 12 tackles
• Conner Lee — 1 interception
• Miles Englehart — 1 interception
• Blake Herold — 1 interception
The rematch of the 2010 Wyoming 1A six-man state championship game Friday had a familiar feel for both teams involved.
The Little Snake River Valley School six-man varsity football team traveled Friday to take on Hanna-Elk Mountain High School.
The Rattlers won soundly last year, 67-12, to win the state title.
But, this time LSRV didn't allow Hanna on the board, pitching a shutout in a 52-0 victory.
"We have allowed teams that aren't as good as Hanna to get in the end zone, so it was nice to get this shutout," head coach Mike Bates said. "We played everyone we had and they all stepped up to be part of this game."
The real difference maker, Bates said, was the Rattlers' junior defensive lineman, Jacob Ready.
Ready had 12 tackles, including four sacks.
"Jake is really a man among boys out on that field," Bates said. "He studies the game and is one of those guys that loves the true nature of the game.
"He could definitely go to the next level, and I still have another year to work with him."
In preparation for the game, Bates said the coaches studied film of Hanna (1-4) and knew they liked to run motion and crack back on their opponent's defensive ends.
To counter, Bates said he sent Ready out wider than normal, making the crack-back angle too difficult to overcome.
"We went in with a game plan, but we noticed we could move our defensive ends out wider and it would work," he said. "I think that helped defend against their run very well."
The Rattlers (5-0) also added three interceptions to bring their season total to 13.
Offensively, Bates said his team finally got the passing game going.
Junior Zach Filip was 4-for-6 with two touchdown passes.
"In the first couple of games we have had Zach go out there and throw deep, and that came with a few interceptions," Bates said. "This time, we went in and had him throw some short passes first, and work from there."
On Filip's first pass of the game, Bates said the pass went over his receiver's head, but he bounced back quick.
"It was all a matter of building up (Zach's) confidence," Bates said. "He's always had a good arm, we just need to get him ready, and he was Friday."
Senior receivers Rex Stanley and Miles Englehart each had a touchdown catch.
On the ground, senior Daniel Wille again led the way with 128 rushing yards.
However, Bates said junior fullback Manuel Quinteros' 93 rushing yards were the highlight of the offense.
"As a junior and a fullback, (Quinteros) is sometimes in the shadow of Dan," he said. "But, when he gets the ball he works hard and pounds the ball up the middle. (Friday) on a touchdown run, he went up the middle and had to make two or three kids miss to get in the end zone."
Besides recording the Rattlers' first shutout of the season, Bates said his team was also able to give Hanna a taste of their own medicine.
On the opening kickoff of the game, LSRV kicked and onside kick and recovered.
For the past two seasons, Bates said Hanna has the done the same trick to them.
"When the other team expects to start with the ball and we recover, I think it takes a lot out of them," he said. "It can kill an offense when they don't get the ball and we were able to score on the recovery."
The Rattlers host Kaycee High School on Oct. 7 for their homecoming game.
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