Eureka bound for Class B semis; Libby blown out

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EUREKA — For the third time in four years, the Eureka Lions are headed to the Class B football semifinals.

The 10-0 Lions overwhelmed the Columbus Cougars 69-30 in a quarterfinal game on Saturday.

Chet McCully’s 13 carries for 286 yards was a game high. McCully broke free for 40 and 63-yard touchdowns.

Quarterback Hank Dunn connected with Austin Sartori for a 69-yard score to open the scoring in the first quarter.

Eureka added four more touchdowns and outscored the Cougars 34-8 in the opening frame.

Columbus’ only score was when Caiden Meier hit Trey Stampfen for 88 yards and converted a play for two points.

The Lions led 55-24 at the half.

Hank Dunn threw five touchdown passes and rushed for one. He threw for 274 yards.

Sartori scored two receiving touchdowns and had three receptions for 91 yards. Also scoring two touchdows was AJ Pacella, who had four receptions for 91 yards. Jake Kindel scored a receiving and a rushing TD and had 7 carries for 30 yards and four receptions for 39 yards.

Eureka racked up 628 yards of total offense to Columbus’ 298.

The Lions are scheduled to meet the Red Lodge Rams at noon on Saturday at the Eureka High School Football Field.

Red Lodge blew out its quarterfinal opponent, Malta 35-6 on Saturday.

Columbus 8 16 0 6 — 30

Eureka 34 21 14 0 — 69

First quarter

E — Austin Sartori 69 pass from Hank Dunn (Danny Dunn kick)

E — Jake Kindel 2 run (D. Dunn kick)

E — Chet McCully 40 run (D. Dunn kick failed)

C — Trey Stampfen 88 pass from Caden Meier (PAT pass Colby Martinez from Meier)

E — H. Dunn 6 run (PAT pass Sartori from H. Dunn)

E — AJ Pacella 26 pass from H. Dunn (PAT pass failed)

Second quarter

E — D. Dunn interception (PAT run MCully)

C — Martinez 4 pass from Meier (PAT pass Martinez from Meier)

E — McCully 63 run (D. Dunn kick failed)

C — Cooper Cook 38 pass from Meier (PAT run Trey Johannes)

E — Pacella 2 pass from H. Dunn (D. Dunn kick)

Third quarter

E — Sartori 16 pass from H. Dunn (D. Dunn kick)

E — Kindel 7 pass from H. Dunn (D. Dunn kick)

Fourth quarter

C — Blocked punt recovery Meier (Tommy Campbell kick failed)

Team Stats

C E

First downs 9 26

Rushes-yds 15-41 32-353

Passing-yds 257 275

Comp-Att-Int 6-21-1 16-22-0

Total offense 298 628

Fumbles-lost 2-2 0-0

Punts-avg 6-37.0 4-26.5

Penalties-yds 6-65 9-95

Individual Stats

RUSHING — C: Garrett Meier 6-25, Tommy Campbell 3-9, Caden Meier 1-8. E: Chet McCully 13-286, Hank Dunn 6-39, Jake Kindel 7-30, Caleb Utter 1-4.

PASSING — C: Caden Meier 6-20-1-257. E: Hank Dunn 15-20-0-274.

RECEVING — C: Trey Stampfel 2-87, Colby Martinez 2-72, Coby Warren 1-60, Cooper Cook 1-38. E: Austin Sartori 3-91, AJ Pacella 4-91, Jake Kindel 4-39, Cory Chaney 1-30, Chet McCully 2-15.

Laurel 50, Libby 0

LAUREL — Libby’s postseason hopes came to an end with a shutout loss to the Laurel Locomotives on Saturday in a Class A quarterfinal playoff game.

The Loggers were unable to get on the scoresheet as Laurel cruised to a 50-0 win.

Laurel led 27-0 at the half. Ethan Renner scored four touchdowns.

Renner forced Libby’s Dawson Young to fumble in the game’s opening minutes. The ball was recovered by Jack Waddell, a play that jumpstarted Laurel’s offensive onslaught.

Libby 0 0 0 0 — 0

Laurel 21 6 15 8 — 50

LAU — Ethan Renner 1 run (Tyler Emineth kick)

LAU — Keagan Campbell 78 pass from Eli Aby (Emineth kick)

LAU — Renner 2 run (Emineth kick)

LAU — Danner Purkett 11 pass from Aby (kick failed)

LAU — Renner 25 pass from Aby (Colter Bales pass from Aby)

LAU — Renner 30 run (Emineth kick)

LAU — Jaxson Wittmayer 20 pass from Aby (Campbell run)

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