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Ronan Chiefs persevere, look to rebound season

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RONAN – After a rough start for Ronan football, each game shows improvement and positive vibes are coming off of the Chiefs’ sideline for a better tomorrow.

At 2-4 on the season, the Chiefs, led by head coach Jim Benn, are taking the steps necessary to find success on the field. After putting in a new offense this season, the Chiefs are having a tough time finding the end zone, but Benn believes they will find a rebound and will pick it up as the season progresses.

“We’re having some difficulties scoring, especially in short yardage type situations,” Benn said. “That’s something that we will just continue to get better at and hopefully that will come together at the right time and we can finish with some wins.”

In Friday’s Homecoming game against Deer Lodge, the Chiefs were able to find success touching the end zone green twice scoring first against the Wardens wall of defense, but Deer Lodge overcame the Chiefs in the fourth quarter sealing the deal in the 12-48 defeat. 

Despite the loss, Ronan quarterback Justin Krahn put 188 yards in the air completing 13 passes. At the receiving end of those tosses was Colton McCrea, catching nine - once for a touchdown, also chipping in a 75-yard interception run for score.

Along with McCrea, 11 other seniors are included in the Chiefs 33-man varsity roster, a team of seniors that Benn said are exceptional at filling their leadership roles.

“This entire senior class is really an impressive type of young men,” he said. “They’ve all given something somewhere.”

With postseason creeping closer, Benn believes his Chiefs will continue to grow and hopes to finish to their season the way he knows they are capable of.

“I’m really proud of the kids,” he said. “The efforts that they have put into things, they’re doing everything they can to win games. We would like to rebound against Thompson Falls and get something going.”

With heart and courage, the Chiefs will continue their fight at home hosting Thompson Falls Oct. 10.



Ronan 6 0 6 0 – 12

Deer Lodge 6 8 7 27 - 48


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