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Big Sandy Routes Bridger in Semifinal, 40-8 Ticket Punched to the 6-Man Championship


November 16, 2022

Senior, Braydon Cline (13) and Rusty Gasvoda (2) using thier team work to bring down Bridger.

The Pioneers came out guns blazing on Saturday afternoon. Braydon Cline led the way from the quarterback position, throwing for 282 yards and three touchdowns. Cline also led the team in rushing 1ith 113 yards on the ground and two more touchdowns. From the opening whistle the Pioneers established themselves as the dominant team on the gridiron.

The opening drive for the Pioneers ended with a ten yard rushing score from "Big Time" Braydon Cline. Ty Terry would punch the 2 point attempt through the goalposts to make the score 8-0. The Big Sandy defense stifled the Bridger offense early on and often. The second Pioneer possession would result in a 57 yard touchdown reception hauled in by Cooper Taylor. Taylor led the team in receiving with 5 receptions for 105 yards and two touchdowns. Senior Rusty Gasvoda would plow into the endzone early in the second quarter to make the score 22-0 after the converted kick by Ty Terry. More superb defensive play would hand the ball back to the Pioneers and Braydon Cline would find Wylee Snapp on a 7 yard touchdown pass to make the score 28 -0 at halftime.

Junior, Wylie Snapp (22) trying to be stopped by 4 Bridger players.

The Big Sandy defense would force another punt from the Bridger offense early in the third quarter. Braydon Cline would connect on a 25 touchdown pass with Cooper Taylor to push the score to 34-0. Braydon Cline would get the ball back for the Pioneers, snagging an interception on a deep passing attempt by the Bridger Scouts. Rusty Gasvoda would finish the scoring off for the Pioneers with a 5 yard rushing touchdown at the 3 minute mark in the fourth quarter. Big Sandy would give up a late score to the Bridger Scouts to make the final score 40-8.

The Pioneers finally punched their ticket to the championship game after falling just short the past three seasons. Big Sandy will host the unbeaten Broadview Lavina Pirates this Saturday at 1PM in the Montana 6-Man Title Game.


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