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Rattlers battle back from early deficit, extend streak to 17

Joshua Gordon

The Little Snake River Valley School’s six-man varsity football team battled back from an early 14-0 deficit Friday against Midwest School to extend their winning streak to 17 games with a 68-52 victory. Head coach Mike Bates said the Rattlers’ defense struggled early with being out of position, but made adjustments in the second half to contain Midwest’s passing attack.





The Little Snake River Valley School's six-man varsity football team battled back from an early 14-0 deficit Friday against Midwest School to extend their winning streak to 17 games with a 68-52 victory. Head coach Mike Bates said the Rattlers' defense struggled early with being out of position, but made adjustments in the second half to contain Midwest's passing attack.

Results from the Little Snake River Valley School's six-man varsity football game Friday at Midwest School in Midwest, Wyo.:

• LSRV — 68

• Midwest — 52

LSRV leading offensive players:

Daniel Wille — 331 yards rushing, 4 touchdowns

Manuel Quinteros — 52 yards rushing, 3 touchdowns

Zach Filip — 4/7 passing, 138 yards passing

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LSRV leading defensive players:

Conner Lee — 14 tackles, 1 fumble recovery

Rex Stanley — 10 tackles

Jacob Ready — 9 tackles

After a half of play Friday in Midwest, Wyo., Little Snake River Valley School six-man varsity football players found themselves in an unfamiliar situation.

The Rattlers, who had won 16 straight games and a Wyoming 1A state title in the past year, were tied, 33-33.

"I told my players at half when we were on the bus that when they step off, it is like we are showing up for the first time," head coach Mike Bates said. "We had to put together one half of great football if we were going to win."

On the opening kickoff of the second half, junior Conner Lee ran 75 yards for a touchdown to put the Rattlers up and LSRV extended its winning streak to 17 with a 68-52 victory.

"I don't think we showed up in the first half," Bates said Monday. "I think we had a sense of complacency after games that went differently and we usually are always leading."

The Rattlers (7-0) trailed 14-0 within the first 3 minutes of the game thanks to a potent passing attack from Midwest (5-2).

Bates said it would have been easy for the defense to hang their heads, but players stuck with it.

"In the first half, our defense was not good, but in the second half we corrected a few things," he said. "We let things leak because we were mainly out of position. Midwest studied us well and they exploited where they could.

"I was surprised because we have seen a team who can pass to open up their run before, but now we know what to work on and correct moving forward."

In the second half, junior Manuel Quinteros tipped a pass up, intercepted it and ran it back for a touchdown to get the Rattlers defense going.

Two years ago, LSRV trailed a team 19-0 and couldn't come back from the early deficit.

Bates said Friday's game showed the team has matured.

"We overcame adversity and did well to correct what we needed to," he said. "They could have been down and started thinking they weren't going to get this one, but they stuck with it."

Senior Daniel Wille also helped keep the Rattlers in the game by rushing for 331 yards and four touchdowns.

Wille has 1,330 yards on the ground and 17 touchdowns this season.

"Dan had a great evening," Bates said. "We couldn't throw the ball, but Dan took hold of the run game. We had good blocking and he saw the hole. It was a great team effort."

As the Rattlers prepare for their final game of the regular season this week against Farson-Eden High School, Bates said his players could take a positive note from the Midwest game.

"Friday's game was really a gut check," he said. "We knew we could play better than them coming in, but we also know we are going to get every team's best because we are No. 1 and undefeated.

"Kudos to Midwest who brought it to us from the beginning, but our kids did not get down and give up."

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Results from the Little Snake River Valley School’s six-man varsity football game Friday at Midwest School in Midwest, Wyo.:

• LSRV — 68

• Midwest — 52

LSRV leading offensive players:

Daniel Wille — 331 yards rushing, 4 touchdowns

Manuel Quinteros — 52 yards rushing, 3 touchdowns

Zach Filip — 4/7 passing, 138 yards passing

LSRV leading defensive players:

Conner Lee — 14 tackles, 1 fumble recovery

Rex Stanley — 10 tackles

Jacob Ready — 9 tackles

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