Sugar-Salem’s football team beat Teton 59-0 in Driggs Friday to win the first 3A district VI game of the season.
The Diggers scored three touchdowns on somewhat methodical drives in the first quarter then continued to score throughout the game.
Sugar rushed for 278 yards on 32 attempts. They averaged 8.7 yards per carry without a single run of 30 yards or more.
Carson Harris led all Digger running backs with 71 yards on 10 carries for three touchdowns. Seven other backs rushed for over 20 yards: Linkin Robson(6 for 31), Ryan Harris (5 for 22), Cooper Porter (4 for 35), Wyatt Harris (3 for 29), Ty Hirrlinger (2 for 26), Jonah Schulthies(1 for 29), Boyd Sorensen (1 for 20).
“They gave us a couple of different looks up front that we haven’t normally seen. I think our kids adapted well to it,” said Sugar-Salem head coach Tyler Richins. “Our backs continued to get good yards.”
Sugar’s offensive line opened holes throughout the game regardless of who ran through them.
“Them being able to adjust on the fly and stick to our blocking rules really helped open up those holes,” Richins said.
Richins said many of the players who saw carries had played on the scout team throughout the year and that the team wanted to thank them for their hard work by giving them some carries in a game.
Sugar-Salem quarterback Danny Neal also spread the ball around completing nine of 17 passes to six different receivers for 153 yards.
Cooper Porter caught three passes for 34 yards and Cooper Butikofer caught two passes for 59 yards.
Sugar’s special teams played well. They blocked a punt in the first quarter that led to a short score. Kicker Ricardo Contreras made a field goal.
“It’s really nice, especially when you get into the playoffs, to have kickers who are reliable,” Richins said. “I think we have two. I think Ricardo and Kyle (Brunson) both do a good job. Ricardo has hit three field goals over 30 yards and one at 40. He’s done a great job.”
Sugar’s defense held Teton to 83 yards and prevented Teton from converting a 3rd or 4th down all night.
“I think it just comes down to preparation and the way we play fast-paced football,” Richins said. “I think we have great team speed and I think our kids fly to the ball real well.”
The Diggers will next play South Fremont at home. Last season, the Cougars beat Sugar in their regular season matchup before falling to the Diggers in a district deciding Kansas City Playoff.