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Belt buckles down on Flint Creek, beat Titans 48-0


PHILIPSBURG – In a clash of the top two ranked teams in 8-man football, everyone expected the game to be closer.

A lot closer.

But it was the Belt Huskies who took control early and never let it go in posting a 48-0 blanking of the Flint Creek Titans Saturday in Philipsburg. The win puts the Huskies into next week’s semifinals against Culbertson while the Titans end their season at 10-1.

The two squads played even over their first possessions, feeling each other out like prize fighters in the opening round. But Belt’s second chance with the ball culminated with Ethan Triplett pushing the ball in from two yards out. Reese Paulson hit Zach Feldman with the conversion pass giving the visitors an 8-0 lead.

That margin held through the first until Belt opened up its offense to score three more unanswered touchdowns in the second to lead 30-0 at halftime.

Flint Creek tried to regroup, but could never manage to find pay dirt in the end zone. The loss proved to be the first since the coop was founded in 2014 that the Titans have been shut out by an opponent. Belt’s victory also makes them one of only two opponents to have a winning record against the Titans at 2-1. The other team is Thompson Falls, having returned to Class B after a three-year stint in Class C.

SCORING

Belt – 8/22/12/8 – 48

Flint Creek – 0/0/0/0 – 0

FIRST QUARTER

4:38 BT Triplett 2 yd run TD. Paulson to Feldman pass.

SECOND QUARTER

7:08 BT Vogl 6 yd pass to Metrione. Metrione run.

2:30 BT Vogl 11 yd run TD. Metrione run.

0:57 BT Triplett 4 yd run TD. Run failed.

THIRD QUARTER

11:50 BT Vogl 35 yd pass to Triplett TD. Run failed.

5:19 BT Vogl 46 yd pass to Triplett TD. Pass failed.

FOURTH QUARTER

4:01 BT Paulson 2 yd run TD. Run failed.

 

All Western Conference Team

With the elimination of Flint Creek and Ennis over the weekend, the All Western Conference Team players were released.

The Titans landed 14 spots on the first and second teams with running back Tyler Burden being named Offensive Player of the year. Burden finished the year with 191 carries for 1,874 yards and 33 touchdowns, making him the all-time leader in those categories for Flint Creek.

Burden ascended to several all-time lists on the MHSA Record Book, including:

  • #7 Single Season Rushing

  • #8 Single Season Yards per Game (170.36)

  • #4 Single Season Rushing Touchdowns (33)

  • #3 Single Season 100+ Yard Rushing Games (8)

  • #2 Consecutive 100+ Yard Rushing Games (8)

Burden was also named 1st Team at inside linebacker.

Other Titans being named to the squad were:

  • QB Andrew Tallon –1st Team

  • RB Tyler Burden –1st Team

  • C Riley Wiant –2nd Team

  • G Chance Dunkerson –1st Team

  • G Grady Radtke

  • TE Ben Bradshaw –1st Team

  • WR Colt Parsons –2nd Team

  • ILB Tyler Burden –1st Team

  • OLB Colt Parsons –1st Team

  • DB/S Andrew Tallon –1st Team

  • DB/S Logan Hauptman –1nd Team

  • DL Aedan Dotson – Flint Creek -1st Team

  • DE Reece Rigby – Flint Creek – 1st Team

  • DE Ben Bradshaw – Flint Creek – 2nd Team

Despite finishing second in the conference, Ennis managed 16 players on the postseason honors team which included a pair of kickers.


2022 All Western Conference Team

Offense

Quarterback

Andrew Tallon – Flint Creek – 1st Team

Clinton Buyan – Ennis – 1nd Team

James Lewis – Cascade – 2nd Team


Fullback

Colby South – Simms – 1st Team

Cole Kramer – Ennis – 2nd Team


Running Back

Tyler Burden – Flint Creek– 1st Team

Chaz Verland – Ennis - 1st Team

Connor Sawyer – Cascade - 2nd Team

George Helms – Lone Peak - 2nd Team

Gavin Flanigan – Simms – 2nd Team


Center

Jeremya Mauch – Ennis – 1st Team

Riley Wiant – Flint Creek – 2nd Team


Guard

Chance Dunkerson – Flint Creek - 1st Team

Grady Radtke – Flint Creek – 1st Team

Trent Sheldon - Simms– 2nd Team

Vance Wingard – Ennis - 2nd Team


Tight End

Ben Bradshaw – Flint Creek – 1st Team

Noah Wilson – Ennis – 2nd Team

Ezra Leach – Simms – 2nd Team


Wide Receiver

Nicholas Johnson – Ennis – 1st Team

Caden Sekuterski – Cascade – 2nd Team

Colt Parsons – Flint Creek – 2nd Team


Kickers

Punter

1st - Chaz Veland – Ennis – 1st Team


Kick Returner

George Helms – Lone Peak – 1st Team

Nicholas Johnson – Ennis – 2nd Team


Defense

Inside Linebacker

Tyler Burden – Flint Creek – 1st Team

Vance Wingard – Ennis – 1st Team

Connor Sawyer – Cascade – 2nd Team

Pierce Farr – Lone Peak – 2nd Team

Will Mischler – Simms – 2nd Team


Outside Linebacker

Colt Parsons – Flint Creek– 1st Team

Clinton Buyan – Ennis - 1st Team

George Helms – Lone Peak – 2nd Team

Caden Sekuterski – Lone Peak – 2nd Team


Defensive Back / Safety

Nicholas Johnson– Ennis - 1st Team

Andrew Tallon – Flint Creek - 1st Team

Logan Hauptman – Flint Creek - 1nd Team

Scotty Sivamacki – Simms - 2nd Team

James Lewis – Cascade – 2nd Team

Ben Haley – Seeley Swan – 2nd Team


Defensive Line – Interior

Aedan Dotson – Flint Creek -1st Team

Jeremya Mauch – Ennis - 1st Team

Trent Sheldon – Simms - 2nd Team

Michael Galiger – Sheridan - 2nd Team


Defensive End

Andrew Beardsley – Ennis – 1st Team

Reece Rigby – Flint Creek – 1st Team

Ben Bradshaw – Flint Creek – 2nd Team

Jake Dvorak – Sheridan – 2nd Team

Ezra Leach – Simms – 2nd Team


Kicker

Cole Kramer– Ennis - 1st Team

Julek Shipman – Lone Peak - 2nd Team


Punt Returner

Caden Sekuterski – Cascade - 1st Team

Nicholas Johnson – Ennis – 2ndst Team


Offensive MVP 2022 – Tyler Burden – Flint Creek

Defensive MVP 2022 – Nicholas Johnson – Ennis



NOTE – This story was originally posted November 5, 2022 but was deleted due to a system maintenance routine. It is reprinted here with the addition of the All-Conference Teams.

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