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Battlers defeat Patriots 24-6

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It was a blustery night at Battler Field when the Potter County team hosted the Eureka/Bowdle Patriots on Friday, Oct 11. The top teams in the Yellowstone Trail Conference were pretty evenly matched and didn’t disappoint fans through the cold, windy, wet weather.
The first quarter featured a lot of good back and forth between the teams before the Pats put together a nice drive to get a series of first downs putting them within a few short yards of the goal line. The clock ran out on the quarter, and E/B started the second with a score on the first play, with a jump ball pulled down into the endzone. Battler Colton Hall blocked the kick for the extra point, so the Patriots settled for a six point lead.
Dalton Storer made a big kick return to put the Battlers in E/B territory at the 48. Quarterback Chayce Hall tucked the ball with a long run behind blocker Mitch Hinckley to move the chains way down field. A few plays later, a handoff to Hayden Simon added six to the board for the Battlers. Tanner Heuer caught a catch over the top of his head to add another two, and the Battlers took the lead by 8-6.
With 4:52 left in the half, the Patriots drew the first penalty of the game with a false start, forcing them to punt away to the home team.
With the ball on the Patriot 30 yard line, the Battlers were in a fourth and four situation, and a pass to Luke Vogel earned the team a fresh set of downs inside the 20. They were held to a fourth down and 13, and turned the ball over on downs with just a few seconds left in the half.
The Pats took a knee to take the teams into halftime.
Third quarter action got underway with one of the big lights out on the field and the Patriots receiving the ball, taking over at the Battler 45.
Four plays later it was the Battlers’ ball when it turned over on downs, and four downs later it was punted away, with the Pats taking over deep in their own territory.
On the Battler defense, Heuer made sure he stopped the Patriot runner a couple times, keeping any scores from happening. Then Vogel put his hand up to knock down a pass and picked it off to bring the offensive unit for the Battlers back onto the field. The home team drove down to the 10 on a 35 yard run by Chayce Hall. The next play passed it in to Vogel in the endzone, but a flag on the play pulled it back on an illegal receiver down field penalty. Potter County was on the 15 and dropped back another 10 on a quarterback sack. On a third and 25 with a quarterback keeper, the Battlers moved up to a fourth and 18 but couldn’t put it together and gave the ball away on downs.
The ball came back to the Battlers before the clock ran out on the third, and the teams headed into the final 12 minutes of the game with the score standing 8-6 with Potter County on top.
Chayce Hall started out looking to pick up a couple yards to get the first down, but his offensive line opened up some space and he kept running. The team headed into the dark part of the field, setting up a first and goal for the Battlers which Simon used to score a quick touchdown. A delay of game penalty put the team back a few yards, but Heuer made the catch in the endzone for the extra two points. With 9:39 left in the ball game, the Battlers spread their lead to 16-6.
As the wind picked up on the field, the Battler kick ended up way on the other end, bringing the play out to the 20 yard line. The Patriots started their drive, which wasn’t easy against the Battler defense. The ball was turned over on downs to the men in red and their march up the field started. A pitch to Dalton Storer moved him quickly in and out of tackles to the 15 and a first down with under two minutes left on the clock. Hall connected with Vogel who reached for the ball in the corner of the endzone for another Battler touchdown. Colton Hall took the pitch for the two point conversion, and the home team spread the lead to 24-6 with under a minute to go in the game.
The Patriots ended the game by taking a couple knees to run out the clock, take no risk on injuries, and give Coach Vern Smith’s Potter County Battlers another notch in the win list to put them at the top of the YTC.
The Battlers will host McLaughlin/Wakpala at Battler Field on Friday for Parents Night with a 7 p.m. kickoff. The following week they play Faulkton on Thursday, Oct. 24 before heading into playoffs on Oct. 29.
-Molly McRoberts
Stats
Potter County 24
Eureka-Bowdle 6
Yellowstone Trail Conference at Gettysburg
Eureka-Bowdle (4-2) 0 6 0      0– 6
Potter County (5-1) 0 8 0 16–24
EB — Jesse Weber 16 pass from Josh Raile (kick failed).
PC — Hayden Simon 10 run (Tanner Heuer pass from Chayce Hall).
PC — Simon 9 run (Heuer pass from Chayce Hall).
PC — Lucas Vogel 25 pass from Hall (Colton Hall).
Offensive Statistics: Eureka-Bowdle rushing 32-168 (Brandon Beutler 26-162), passing 9-16-1 for 98 (Raile 9-16-1 for 98), receiving (Weber 6-72, Austin Weiszhaar 2-15), first downs 13; Potter County rushing 40-207 (Chayce Hall 12-87, Simon 12-62), passing 5-11-0 for 76 (Chayce Hall 5-11-0 for 76), receiving (Vogel 4-83), first downs 14.
Defensive Statistics: Eureka-Bowdle, team effort; Potter County, team effort.

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