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Baggs football team defeats Midwest, 68-19

Quarterback Chance Englehart, of Baggs, Wyo., throws a long pass downfield during Little Snake River Valley School’s Saturday game against Midwest School. The Rattlers won, 68-19, making them 7-0 this season in Wyoming’s six-man football league. The playoffs begin Oct. 29.
Andy Bockelman

Breakdown

Little Snake River Valley football

vs. Midwest

Final score: 68-19

Rattler yardage

Total yards: 527

• Passing: 188

• Rushing: 339





Quarterback Chance Englehart, of Baggs, Wyo., throws a long pass downfield during Little Snake River Valley School’s Saturday game against Midwest School. The Rattlers won, 68-19, making them 7-0 this season in Wyoming’s six-man football league. The playoffs begin Oct. 29.
Andy Bockelman

Breakdown

Little Snake River Valley football

vs. Midwest

Final score: 68-19



Rattler yardage

Total yards: 527

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• Passing: 188

• Rushing: 339

— With a season that includes a 79-0 victory, the Little Snake River Valley School has gotten used to winning, but that didn’t make their latest football game any less significant.

The Baggs, Wyo., school’s football team, the Rattlers, completed their regular season Saturday with a 7-0 record in Wyoming’s six-man league.

The latest on their list of victims were the Midwest Oilers, who felt the snake bite on the gridiron, falling, 68-19, to their hosts.

The Rattlers struck early with a pair of touchdowns by juniors Rex Stanley and Miles Englehart within minutes of the opening kickoff.

The lightning-quick pace continued, as the Oilers kicked up their defense, leading to three fumbles before the second quarter began.

But, even with numerous turnovers by both teams, the Rattlers found their way to the end zone, leading 50-6 by halftime following a 33-yard touchdown pass caught by sophomore Conner Lee.

“What I love about this is that in 11-man (football), you have one or two ‘Aw’ moments in a game, but in six-man, there’s like, 20, if you can handle the adrenaline rush,” Rattlers head coach Michael Bates said.

The team jumped headlong into the fray in the second half, as sophomore Manuel Quinteros immediately scored two touchdowns, the second of which was a 58-yard rush. A third followed, as he reeled in an interception and ran it back 19 yards.

But, the Oilers found their antidote to the Rattlers’ venom in the fourth quarter and began playing more aggressively, with Midwest’s Chad Rinker and Cameron Ray leading the charge.

“They played hard and never gave up,” senior Sean Rietveld said.

Rietveld, a running back, put in two touchdowns during the day’s competition. He said he was pleased with Saturday’s score, but even more pleased about the bigger picture.

“I’m very happy that we’ve been undefeated at home and for the whole season,” he said.

Bates was enthusiastic about his team’s performance as a whole.

“Defensively, I thought the kids played outstanding,” he said. “They kept the ball in front of them and really got after them.”

Bates said now that the team has secured a place in the playoffs — which they clinched following their 50-34 victory at Hanna-Elk Mountain — he will keep his players on their toes.

“Now, the second season starts, the most important part,” he said. “We’ve got to keep on top of it because it’s either win or go home.”

Getting to the playoffs is a first for the Rattlers, who are only in their sophomore season as a team.

But, in his post-game talk to the team, Bates reminded his players that their freshness in the football world is what makes the season so special.

“History’s fixing to be made,” Bates said.


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