In their first career meeting in school history, Anaconda (2-1, 1-0) hits the highway for the first of two-straight long road trips to take on Huntley Project (2-1, 1-0) in Worden.
The game can be heard live at approximately 6:50 p.m. on Copperhead Country
The Copperheads are coming off a 27-22 win over archrival Deer Lodge while the Red Devils are coming off a forfeited win over Poplar. The last time Huntley Project took the field they fell 24-13 at Southern B Manhattan on Sept. 1.
This is the final nonconference game of regular season for Anaconda, and this week will provide a pretty clear picture of how the Copperheads will need to approach the second half of the season.
In Week 1, Huntley Project beat Loyola — a team on a two-game winning streak over Anaconda — 32-21 at Bobcat Stadium in Bozeman. Having a quality common opponent with Loyola will help the gameplan moving forward. Also, first place in the Western B in on the line tonight when No. 1-ranked Eureka travels to No. 3-ranked Bigfork. Anaconda lost 46-7 two weeks ago in Bigfork and will travel to Eureka next week as they return to Western B play.
Tonight, junior Luke Jensen will likely make his second start of the season as senior Braxton Hill continues to be sidelined by a shoulder injury suffered in Bigfork. Last week, Jensen threw for two TDs including an 83-yarder to senior running back Gabe Byrne. Byrne was an all purpose nightmare for the Wardens, accounting for 214 of Anaconda’s 359 total yards (106 rushing, 108 receiving).
Senior wide receiver Trent Mikalatos caught his team-leading fourth TD pass and now has nine catches for a team-best 226 yards. Senior wideout Bobby Swainston didn’t have a reception last week but still leads the team with 10 catches for 133 yards and two TDs.
Career bests were set by senior running back Matt Ryan, who had a career high 70 rushing yards on a modest three carries, and sophomore running back Austin Anderson, who scored his first TD and rushed 41 yards on eight touches.
Defensively, Anaconda bent but didn’t break. They were led by Anderson’s 12 total tackles and sophomore newcomer Nathan Schaefer with 10.