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Noah Wamsher scrambles for the end zone Saturday against Belle Fourche
photo courtesy of Tim Potts
Noah Wamsher scrambles for the end zone Saturday against Belle Fourche
Scoopers open football season with big win over Belle Fourche
Gary Matthews & Terry Anderson - August 27, 2017

SPEARFISH, S.D. - The Sturgis Scoopers came into the 2017 season with a lot of optimism -- and it showed Saturday night -- as they ran past the Belle Fourche Broncs 40 to 21.

Belle Fourche started the game fast; as Dylan Burns scampered 20 yards into the end zone to break the scoreless tie with 9:37 left in the first quarter. The run came after  a 30-minute lightning delay.

But, Sturgis answered with a 51 yard touchdown run by Noah Wamsher that made the score 7-6. Sturgis attempted the two-point conversion, but failed.

Sturgis would take the lead for good in the first quarter on a 24-yard run by Wamsher with 6:30 remaining. Wamsher's run came after a Belle Fourche fumble that set the Scoopers up in Bronc territory. A successful 2-point conversion made the score 14-7. Sturgis would score again just before halftime on a 50-yard interception return. Gavin West stepped in front of a Tate Hostetter pass and took it to the house for a 20-7 halftime lead.

Sturgis stayed strong in the second half with a 20-yard touchdown run by Cameron Brinkman and a 3-yard tochdown run by Trevor Erlenbush. That 3-yard touchdown capped off a 95-yard drive by the Scoopers that came after the Sturgis defense stopped Belle Fourche on fourth and short.

Belle Fourche made things interesting in the third on a kickoff return for a touchdown by Morgan Garrett. But, Sturgis put the game away when Carter Neuschwander went 21 yards for a fourth quarter score with 5:34 remaining.

Up next, Sturgis will play Douglas on Friday night. The game will be heard on KBHB with a 6:00 p.m. kickoff.



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