COWLEY, WYOMING – Kicking off the conference season on a high note, the Big Piney High School Puncher football team demolished the Rocky Mountain High School Grizzlies in a 58-0 blowout victory on Saturday, Sept. 9.
The Big Piney offense demonstrated its fury in the first half, seizing control of the game and seamlessly running in one touchdown after another to post an incredible 58-point halftime lead. A powerful Puncher defense hammered away at the Grizzlies, stopping each drive by Rocky Mountain in its tracks.
“I was very proud of the kids this weekend,” said Head Coach Jeromy Moffat. “Defensively, we shut them out and offensively we scored a lot of points and executed our game plan on the ground and in the air.”
On offense, senior Reuben Stoutenburg posted 201 rushing yards with junior Caden Clifford adding 152 yards. Senior quarterback Champ Snively and Stoutenburg each completed two passes with seniors Jerrett Fear and Karsyn Gurr and Stoutenburg receiving.
“Our O line continues to dominate up front and Reuben and Caden are doing a great job following their blocks,” said Coach Moffat. “Champ Snively had another efficient and productive game at quarterback throwing and our receivers made the big plays and possession-type catches we need in our offense.”
On Defense, the Punchers refused to yield yards. Senior Preston Bennett led the D-line in tackles with 6.5. Senior Zack Murphy tallied 6 tackles, with senior Roger Young at 5.5 and Stoutenburg at 4. Young and senior Dylon Woodward each made a sack.
“Defensively, it was a solid team effort,” said Coach Moffat. “We only allowed 77 total yards with two interceptions.”
Opening the first quarter in possession, Clifford took the handoff from Snively and churned into the end zone for Puncher touchdown no. 1. A good kick from Young placed Big Piney in the lead, 7-0.
Gaining momentum, the Punchers scored again on their next drive. Breaking tackle, Stoutenburg raced 76 yards up the left side of the field to score Big Piney’s second touchdown. Young’s kick cleared the goalposts and the tally favored Big Piney, 14-0.
Stoutenburg rounded out the first quarter rushing 35 yards into the end zone for Puncher touchdown no. 3. Young completed another kick and Big Piney led, 21-0, as the first quarter came to a close.
Bursting onto the gridiron in the second quarter, Big Piney trounced Rocky Mountain with an impressive six-touchdown streak.
Taking the handoff from Snively, Clifford found an opening in Rocky Mountain’s defense and dashed 89 yards up the field and into the end zone for the first touchdown of the second quarter.
Snively flawlessly launched the ball to Fear for a 74-yard pass play that crossed the goal line for Puncher touchdown no. 5.
Stoutenburg scored the next two touchdowns, rushing 35 and 40 yards, respectively.
Snively completed a 13-yard touchdown pass to Gurr to score Big Piney’s eighth touchdown. An extra point kicked in by Woodward widened the Punchers’ lead to 52-0.
Murphy closed out an epic quarter for the Punchers by intercepting Rocky Mountain’s pass and charging into the end zone to post 6 more points for the Punchers.
Big Piney hosts conference rival Greybull for Homecoming on Saturday, Sept. 16. Kickoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. at Puncher Stadium.
“We are looking forward to the Homecoming Game against Greybull and would love to see a great turnout from our community,” said Coach Moffat. “We are looking forward to the challenge.”