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Ronan rips Beavs, 42-8 The Ronan Chiefs lived up to their number two ranking as they handed the Dillon Beavers a 42-8 homecoming defeat Friday at Vig ilante Stadium. The win put the Chiefs in con tention for this week’s number one spot in the power poll since the defending state champions, the Miles City Cowboys on the E ast ern league, dropped a thriller to Glasgow. The Cowboys were the number one team in this week’s balloting. Dillon, on the other hand, must look at winning the remainder of their conference games to remain in a playoff picture. Triple threat quarterback Ron Couture of the Chiefs got his team rolling in the first quarter when he found wide receiver Chad Barber in the open and hit him on a 37-yard scoring strike. Couture kicked the first of three PATs to put Ronan in front 7-0. The Beavers had some chances to connect on some key passing plays of their own on the next series of downs, but the ball was dropped or underthrown. The Dillon coaching staff was “very concerned” about this because the Beavers were the number one passing team in the conference after two weeks of play. The Beaver defense held Ronan on the next three attempts at the first down situations, but speedy wingback Ron Clary avoided a Dillon stunting linebacker and broke 39 yards to paydirt. Couture missed the conversion, and the Chiefs held a 13-0 lead. Hie Chiefs capitalized on another Dillon error late in the second quarter when one of their punts hit a Beaver blocker, and the visitors recovered the ball on the Beaver 12-yard line. Dillon held the Chiefs for two downs, but it was all in vain as a pass interference call gave them new life on the five. Again the Beaver defense held, forcing Cou ture to use his skills in a field goal situation. The cool senior quarter back converted giving the Chiefs a 16-0 halftime lead. The second half stats all went to Ronan. Barber picked off a May- field aerial and romped 41-yards to the end zone, and second team running back John Fredrickson exploded for three touchdowns to give the Chiefs a commanding lead. DILLON’S ONLY life came when senior flanker Randy Nelson broke a kickoff return and outran the Ronan eleven to the endzone for an 85-yard touchdown. Mayfield hit tight end Randy Gerringa on a pass play for the 2-point conversion. Nelson’s score marked the first time this year Ronan has given up any points. Linebacker Gil Stoddard was the defensive leader for Dillon with seven unassisted tackles and five assists. Ernie Plutt was instru mental with his 5-4 mark. Ronan is 3-0 on the season and 2-0 in conference play. They will travel to Browning this weekend for a con ference encounter. Dillon dropped to 1-2 in both conference and season action, and is idle this week. The next test for the Beavers will be in two weeks against the Butte Central Maroons in a renewal of a fierce conference rivalry. Both teams will find themselves in must-win situations. Hie Beaver Jayvee team lost their season opener to a tough Ana conda by a score of 28-12 on Thurs day. Dillon fell behind 15-0 in the first half and found themselves playing catch-up football. Jeff Love, sophomore quarterback, threw touchdown passes to Will Pauley and Troy Morse to put Dillon back in contention, but turnovers spelled the difference, and the young Cop perheads grabbed their third victory, of the year. The junior varsity will play the Butte sophomore team in Dillon Thursday at 4:30 p.m. The freshmen will travel to Butte for their game. Photos b y B ruce M cCormack Beaver tight end Randy Gerringa, a senior, was not distracted by twc leaping Ronan defenders as he held onto this passing strike Friday Girls trample Wardens, 61-47 The Deer Lodge Wardens played even basketball with the Dillon Beavers until the fourth quarter last' weak, when the Beavers, effectively} using the press, blew out the game- and won 61-47. Two seniors, Missy Wynecoop and Debbie Buckley, both tallied career high points totals of 18 and 14 respectively. Jodie Hegstad poured in 15 points toward the winning effort., ,,v, ' Geing-into the ftrairflr quarter thei'*-i score was tied at 38 and it remained tight until th e . final three min utes of play when the Beavers broke the game open. Coach Craig Holland said Deer Lodge used its size effectively, and with 5’10” Margo Ericsoh scor- 15 points and collecting 20 .J J » iJ v h i U .U u G UliAtihi Hie win brought the Beaver’s season record to 3-2, and conference record to 1-0. They play a league game at Ham ilton Thursday night and then a non-conference matchup in Ana conda Saturday. Last year’s game against Anaconda was one of the \best1-the\‘team' played1 a ll‘-year)1' Holland said. The Beavers won that home thriller 57-56. The Jayvees lost their game with Deer Lodge, 28-25, while the Beaver frosh won, 31-28. WMC's defense not enough to down SFU Simon Fraser, blanked through the first half by WMC’s tough defense, road the aerial artistry of quarterback Jay Prepchuk to a pair of fourth quarter touchdowns here Saturday as the Clansmen topped Western, 20-14. Prepchuk, held to just five com pletions during the first half, zeroed m on 17 of 26 passes for 267 yards and all three of the visitors’ touch downs in the final half. Coach Don Christensen’s Bull dogs’ narrowly m issed a repeat of last week’s win, when fourth quarter fumbles ended two field crossing marches. The first drive brought the Bulldogs from deep in their own territory to the Clansmen nine. A fumble ended the drive. Two possessions later the Bull dogs marched from their 15 to the Clansmen 22, when, with 5:40 showing on the game dock, a fum ble agam stopped the drive. Christensen said his running back, who made both fumbles, felt “real bad” after the game. “But, 1 told him that if he’d score the winning touchdown he wouldn’t have felt like he won it all by himself either,” he added. “While we were disappointed to get beat, the performance of our quarterbacks, the pass protection and the first half defense were bright spots,” he said. \But our kicking game, returns, and kickoff coverage all need more work. DEFENSE DOMINATED the opening scoreless quarter before WMC, after failing to capitalize on marches which twice reached the Canadians' 21, hit the board with just l.:59 showing in the half. Junior quarterback B.J. Bjom- stad hit with four key passes and covered the final yard on a sneak, followed by freshman Paul Osbald- iston’s kick. Hie Clansmen tied it at 7-7 on the third play of the second half as Prepchuk lofted a 68-yard bomb to speedster Tony Dennis and Jon Ogilvie hit the extra point. A critical fourth-down penalty on SFU set up Western’s go-ahead tally midway through the third penod. Steve Graves, who had replaced Bjomstad at quarterback, toad a 36-yard strike to fresh man wide receiver Dan Vanek and Osbaldiston made in 14-7. Prepchuk then went to the air, driving his club 63 yards and knotting the score on a nine-yard pass to Selwyn Everts after ju st 71 seconds in the final quarter. Graves answered with an effec tive play mix which carried the Bulldogs to SFU’s 9 where the Clansmen pounced on a fumble to nullify that go-ahead threat. Hie combination of Prepchuk’s passing and Robert Reid’s running then carried the visitors to their winning margin via a four-yard aerial to Paul Sedun. Graves then took the Bulldogs from their 15 to SFU’s 22 where the fatal second fumble finished West ern’s hopes of a last-minute vic- toiy. PREPCHUK FINISHED with 22 completions on 43 tosses for 375 yards. Western’s signal-calling duo en joyed almost equal success. Bjom stad, who left early in the third quarter, set a WMC record for com pletions with a 20-for-31 show ac cumulating 224 yards. Graves con nected on 8-14 for 128 yards. Simon Fraser’s Reid led all ball carriers, gaining 111 yards on 18 calls. Randy Rogers totaled 62 on 13 carries for the Bulldogs and Jeff Marshall added 42 on 15 bursts while also pulling in eight passes for 108 yards. Hie two clubs combined for a massive total offense of 966 yards with SFU notching 520 to West ern’s 446. The Bulldogs held a 23-18 first-down margin but were charged with six costly bobbles, three of which went over to their opponent WMC received another brilliant defensive effort from senior line backer Bruce Schulz who nailed 10 solo tackles, seven assists and a pass interception which killed a deep Clansmen threat. l . V . V/coLcm’o Steve Mann, a sophomore defensive beck, got tangled up with a Simon Fraser v/ido receiver when they both went up for the ball. The contact caused Mann to lose his footing and give the RF receiver tin break lie needed for a touchdown.