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Badgers fall to Kellogg in league opener

October 7, 2018
Kellogg racked up 21 unanswered first quarter points Friday night, burying the Badgers in a hole too deep to dig out of in league action.

The loss puts the Badgers at the bottom of the Intermountain League standings, with an 0-1 league and 1-6 season record, but with two games left, including Priest River at home this Friday, state chances are by no means decided.

On Friday, Kellogg's Raiden Rickets hit Brandon Miller for an 11 yard touchdown, Justin Waller scampered in from six yards out and the Wildcats converted an interception into a touchdown. With all three point after kicks good, the Wildcats were up by 21.

The Wildcats widened their lead to 28 in the second quarter before Badger Donovan Varelman punched it in from a yard out and Ty Bateman got in the end zone for the two point conversion, putting the halftime score at 28-8.

Kellogg's Rickets was next into the end zone, this time on a two yard run in the third quarter, and the PAT was again good, widening the Wildcats lead to 35-8.

The Badgers reached the end zone twice in the final quarter and held Kellogg scoreless, with Scott running for a 13 yards TD and then connecting on a pass to sophomore Anthony Cooper for a 32-yard touchdown.

Both field goal attempts in the final quarter missed, putting the final score at 35-20.

The Badgers host the Priest River Spartans at Homecoming at 7 p.m. Friday, October 12, and they're hoping for packed stands to cheer them on. For seniors Kenny Branson, Chris Durette, Donovan Varelman and Jesse Bradley it will be the last game on their home turf.

Priest River, 2-6 on the season, fell to top-seeded Timberlake 38-8 Friday, and both their wins this season, against Orofino and Riverside, were by two-point margins.

The Badgers will travel to Timberlake, 4-3 overall, October 19 for the final game of the regular season. The Tigers suffered a 53-0 shutout against Frenchtown, Montana in their season opener this year, but came back to decisively knock off Freeman, Washington and Moscow before falling to St. Maries and Timberlake.

As mentioned earlier, the road through the IML to the 2018 3A Milk Bowl is far from decided.

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