The Hamilton Broncs had a few hiccups but came through with a 47-18 win over rival Corvallis on Friday night. Kris Cleveland opened up the Hamilton scoring with an 87-yard kick off return. Karill Apendaile kicked the PAT and the Broncs were on the board. Quarterback Josh Bauder then went to the air for the next three Hamilton touchdowns. He hit Adam Smith for a 22 yard scoring pass, Teague Blome for a nine-yard strike and Blome again for four yards. Bauder completed 10 of 16 passes for 163 yards in the game. Smith also had a 20-yard scoring romp and Matt Turley had a five-yard run for the Broncs. Blome snagged a Blue Devil pass and returned it 29 yards for the final Bronc score.
Corvallis’ Jayce Gilder threw 15 passes and completed eight of them for 170 yards. He hit Austin Ray on Corvallis’ own 10-yard line for a 90-yard scoring pass. Gilder also hit Taylor Sylvester from 13 yards out for another Blue Devil score. Tanner Palin raced 63 yards for the final Blue Devil score.
Hamilton improved to 1-1 in conference play and 3-2 overall.
In perhaps the most exciting game of the night and maybe the season, the Victor Pirates defeated Drummond, 33-32, in Drummond with only a few seconds remaining and a 37-yard field goal. (Both are kind of unheard of in Class C football.) The last time Victor won a game in Drummond was in 1998.
Victor ace quarterback, Matt Kittel, scored the first touchdown on a two-yard plunge. He then connected with Bryce Krout from 15 yards out for anther Pirate touchdown. Nate Bishop was Kittel’s target for the third score, this time it was a six-yard pass to the end zone.
However Kittel went down in the second quarter with an injury and did not return to the quarterback position. Bishop stepped in and played the position. He had a nine-yard rushing touchdown and another of one yard. With Kittel out of the game, the Trojans went to work and scored 24 of their points. Bishop’s final touchdown put Victor back in the lead until Danny Mannix carried the ball five yards for another Drummond score and the lead. With less than a minute remaining, the Pirates got position inside the 40-yard line. Kittel limped onto the field to hold the football and Tyler Scheffer nailed a 37-yard field goal for the win. Victor improved to 3-1 in the Western C conference.
Florence picked up their first win of the season with a 25-0 blanking of St. Ignatius. Brady Pickering had scoring runs of five yards and seven yards. Bryce Cobbs scored the other two TDs with a reception of 15 yards from Pickering and again in the fourth quarter with a 25-yard reception from Pickering.
Stevensville lost to Dillon, 41-0. Their record is 1-1 in conference play and 3-2 overall.
Darby fell to Seeley-Swan in a high scoring eight-man game on Saturday. After spotting the Blackhawks 24 points in the first quarter, the Tigers came back and fell just short of a win with Seeley winning, 48-45.
Joe Caicedo put up five touchdowns for Darby. The shifty junior finished with three rushing touchdowns, returned a kick for another six points and then intercepted a Seeley pass for a ‘pick six’. Justin Horvath had a scoring run and Ricky McConnell picked off another Seeley pass for six more points.