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Bulldogs score come from behind win

UMW News Bureau

Montana Western came from a 20 point deficit to edge Rocky Mountain College 21-20 in a Frontier Conference football game. By Wally Feldt MichahThe University of Montana Western beat Rocky Mountain College 21-20 in a come from behind Frontier Conference football win. With the win the Bulldogs move to 2-3 in the conference and 2-3 overall. The Battlin’ Bears drop to 0-5 in the Frontier and 1-5 overall. Rocky jumped out to a quick to a lead, scoring their first touchdown less than five minutes into the first quarter. UMW had three first half turnovers which lead to two Rocky touchdowns. Battlin’ Bears kicker Bejorn Nelson missed the extra point after Rocky’s third touchdown, which proved to be decisive. The Bulldogs trailed 20-0 at the end of the first half. The second half belonged to Montana Western, both offensively and defensively. After being held to 90 yards of total offense in the first half, the Bulldogs exploded for over 250 yards in the second half. After trading punts Bulldog quarterback Michah Mamiya connected with wide receiver Kahai Sevilla on a 40 yard touchdown pass, for Montana Western’s first score of the game with 3:21 remaining in the third quarter. After a defensive stop the Bulldogs got the ball back and drove in an 11 play, 66 yard touchdown capitalized by senior linebacker Chad Schira out of the Bulldogs muscle package. On their next possession Mamiya led UMW on the game tying touchdown. Freshmen kicker Aukkarapong “Yim” Sribenjakul extra point proved to be the game winning kick. On their next drive Rocky looked to be driving for the go-ahead score when Bulldog cornerback Andy Roberts had other ideas. On consecutive plays Roberts had a pass deflection and an interception at the five yard line to snuff out the Rocky scoring opportunity. “It was a big win for us.” Montana Westerns head coach Rich Ferris said, “The kids showed a lot of heart in the second half, coming out and not letting their heads down. There was a lot of little plays that helped us pull it out. The interception by Andy Roberts was huge. No turnovers in the second half was also a very big part in the win.” Mamiya was 25 of 42 passing for 275 yards for one touchdown and two first half interceptions. His favorite targets were Craigh Cornelius and Charlie Dotson with six catches each. Dotson also led the team in rushing with 54 yards and one touchdown on 16 carries. Defensively Colton Weber led the team in tackles with eight followed by Curtis Quigley with seven. Redshirt freshmen Nick Clark’s interception and 40 yard return led to a Bulldog touchdown. Rocky’s Kasey Peters passed for 334 yards three touchdowns and two interceptions. Brian Guisti led the Bears with 11 catches for 124 yards and one touchdown. Rocky linebacker Steffan Blume led the defense with 11 tackles. Next week the Bulldogs travel to Butte, Mont. to face off with Montana Tech while Rocky hosts Eastern Oregon. — MONTANA WESTERN —