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Dubois explosive in 89-19 playoff victory over HEM; semis next
Oct 28, 2012 - By Randy Tucker, Sports Writer
When you give up 71 points in the opening half of a football game the outcome is never in doubt. Hanna Elk Mountain make the trek to Dubois Friday afternoon to play the top-ranked Rams and Dubois lived up to their top billing in an 89-19 blowout of the Miners in Class 1-A 6-man playoff action.
The win moves the Rams to a perfect 9-0 on the season and sets up a semifinal game next Friday at home against the Midwest Oilers.
Dubois defeated the Oilers 63-30 in a howling windstorm in Natrona County to open the season in early September.
Hanna surprised the Rams early in the contest trailing just 16-13 halfway through the opening period, but Dubois is perhaps the most explosive team in 6-man since the sport's inception two seasons ago. The Rams erupted on a 73-6 run in just two-and-a-half periods to blow open the game.
The 89 points is the second-highest total ever scored in a ^-man playoff game, with Ten Sleep's 93-38 win over Meeteetse in the 2010 playoffs setting the standard. The Rams topped their own postseason high by five points in the process.
In a game quickly shortened early in the second period by the 45-point mercy rule, the Rams defense limited Hanna to just 20 total yards on the ground.
The Miners ran the ball just 12 times with former Wind River players R.J. Seaman pacing the low-producing offense with all 20 yards on eight attempts.
Hanna fared a bit better through the air, completing 14 passes for 160 yards and all three of its touchdowns.
A win on Friday most likely sets the Rams in a rematch of last year's title game with Little Snake River, which the Rams lost. Dubois defeated the Rattlers in Carbon County earlier this season.
DUBOIS 30 41 18 0 -- 89
HANNA ELK MOUNTAIN 13 6 0 0 -- 19