Chiefs lose Trojan battle, 40-26
RONAN –1992 was the last time the Chiefs had played a playoff game in front of a hometown crowd.
“This is one of the biggest turnouts I have seen,” Chiefs’ coach Matt Detwiler said. “Thank you for the support.”
The Whitehall/Harrison Trojans jumped out to an early 14-0 lead in the first quarter as the Chiefs struggled to get their offense in gear.
The visitors increased the lead to 28-0 when Kasey Mock hooked up with Brandon Blood on a 26-yard pass for a touchdown in the second quarter. Collin McGuyer scampered 22-yards for a touchdown, which trimmed the Chiefs’ deficit to 28-14 going into the half.
The Chiefs’ defense held the Trojans scoreless in the third quarter. Kasey Mock ran a touchdown in from 1-yard out and scored on a razzle-dazzle hook and lateral play to pull the Chiefs within 2 points, going into the fourth quarter at 28-26.
Trojans’ Quarterback Braden Larsen found Lane Buus on a 25- yard touchdown pass and Andrew Simon on a 23-yard scoring pass to provide the final margin and end Ronan’s postseason run.
The Chiefs beat Columbus 43-29 on Oct. 29 to advance and host Saturday’s second-round game. The long road trip to play just west of Billings didn’t phase the Chiefs, according to Coach Detwiler who explained,“mentally locking in” for the contest despite the 5-hour-plus drive.
“We played well and really established our run game,” Detwiler said of the game against Columbus. “The team traveled exceptionally well for a high school team. We may have had more fans in our section than the home team did so I’d really like to thank all the people that made the trip over.”
Ronan closed their winning season with six wins and five losses.
Whitehall 40, Ronan 26
Whitehall 14 14 0 12–40
Ronan 0 14 12 0–26
W—Wyatt Alexander 25 pass from Braden Larsen (kick failed)
W—Andrew Simon 29 pass from Larsen (Alexander from Larsen)
W— Alexander 27 pass from Larsen (Simon kick)
W—Braden Smith 19 pass from Larsen (Simon kick)
R—Brendon Blood 26 pass from Kasey Mock (kick failed)
R—Collin McGuyer 22 run (run)
R—Kasey Mock 1 run (kick failed)
R—Brendon Blood 32 pass (run failed)
W—Lane Buus 25 pass from Larsen (kick failed)
W—Simon 23 pass from Larsen (pass failed)
Ronan 43, Columbus 29
Ronan 7 15 6 15 – 43
Columbus 0 14 12 3 – 29