Since Sturgis Brown re-joined the Black Hills Conference, the Scoopers have lost four straight games to Hot Springs. The streak ended with a 33-7 triumph in a BHC Mount Rushmore Division game last Thursday, Oct. 19, at Woodle Field in Sturgis.
With the win, Sturgis Brown improved to 3-2 in the BHC Mount Rushmore division and 3-6 overall. Hot Springs finished 0-5 in the BHCMR and 2-7 overall.
“We were never really able to find consistency Thursday Night,” said Hot Springs head coach Ben Kramer. “They were more physical, faster, stronger and better than we were in all three phases of the game.”
The Scoopers began the game recovering an onside kick.”We knew we weren’t going to kick to Morgan Harkless,” said SBHS coach Chris Koletzky. “Our goal was to not let Harkless beat us.” Harkless has returned several kickoffs for touchdowns this season.
Four plays later, Bailey Brengle reached the end zone from 31 yards out. Brodie Eisenbraun’s PAT gave SBHS a 7-0 lead.
With 28 seconds left in the first period, quarterback Gavin West tallied a 10-yard scoring run.
There was no further scoring in the half, as the hosts took a 14-0 halftime advantage.
A blocked punt at the Bison 18 set up the third score of the contest. Noah Wamsher capped the two-play, 18-yard drive with a 15-yard touchdown
West’s interception led to another score for Sturgis Brown. West connected with Brengle on a 44-yard TD, ending the 99-yard march.
One play after the kickoff, Wamnsher picked off a Hot Springs aerial. Manny Gallosa struck paydirt from 18 yards, extending the lead to 33-0.
Hot Springs got on the scoreboard on a one-yard run by Riley Abbott with 2:03 left.
Sturgis Brown rushed for 383 yards, led by Gallosa with 127. Gallosa was named the Offensive Player of the Game. The SBHS defensive line was honored as the Defensive Player of the Game.
“Manny has been fighting injuries all season,” said Koletzky. “We told him he needed to play a full game.
“Coach McCann did a great job scheming on defense.
“We didn’t get to play a homecoming game. That was our motivation.”
“Sturgis executed well, “said Hot Springs’ Coach Kramer. “We came out at the start of the season and thought we could do some great things.
“We have a lot of work to do from top to bottom. This team is young but you don’t just get to show up a year older and expect to be better. I’m very confident that they’ll do what needs to be done before next fall. These guys worked hard from beginning to end. I’m not seeing a lapse in effort, they just need to get better physically, mentally and learn how to battle through adversity.”
Sturgis Brown travels to defending 11AA champion Mitchell Thursday in a rematch of last year’s first round playoffs.
Sturgis Brown 14 0 13 6 --33
Hot Springs 0 0 0 7 --7
SB -- Bailey Brengle 31-yard run (Brodie Eisenbraun kick).
SB -- Gavin West 10-yard run (Eisenbraun kick).
SB -- Noah Wamsher 15-yard run (kick failed).
SB -- Bailey Brengle 44-yard pass from West (Eisenbraun kick).
SB -- Manny Gallosa 18-yard run (kick failed).
HS -- Riley Abbott 1-yard run (Matt Norton kick).
Team statistics SB HS
First downs 19 11
Rushes-yards 37-383 22-(-9)
Passing yards 76 161
Passes comp-att. 4-8-0 12-26-2
Punts-avg. 3-28 5-29
Fumbles lost 2 2
Penalties-yardage 19-104 6-56
Rushing -- SB: Manny Gallosa 14-127, Noah Wamsher 9-66, Bailey Brengle 6-58, Gavin West 5-37, Cameron Brinkman 1-4, Zack Shoun 2-(-2)
Passing -- SB: West 4-8-0-76; HS: Harkless 11-23-2-159, M Norton 0-1-0-0.
Receiving -- SB: Brengle 2-44, Jay Krull 12-23, Gallosa 1-9; HS: Lockhart 6-83, Gage Uhlir 2-54, Norton 3-22.