Little Snake River goes for third straight football title vs. DuboisNov 8, 2012 By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor
Coach Mike Bates had high praise for Dubois on Thursday morning, a day before his Little Snake River Rattlers face the Rams in the Class 1-A 6-man title game at War Memorial Stadium in Laramie.
The title game is played at noon Friday.
"Dubois has arrived," Bates said. "They are a very good team. They are big and strong. They have a good grasp of the 6-man game. For us, it's a very formidable opponent."
The same teams met last year for the title, with Little Snake River winning. The Rattlers are going for their third straight 6-man championship.
Bates knows the Rattlers will have to contain the DHS tandem of Sterling Baker and Jesse Hawk when his team is playing defense..
"In my opinion, Sterling is probably the best back in the state in 6-man," Bates said. "You are not going to arm tackle Baker. You are not going to tackle him with one person. You have to practice gang tackling and everybody tackling to the ball."
Bates said Baker is also a dangerous passer for the Rams.
"If you send too many people after him, then he will beat you in the air," Bates said.
Bates believes Baker and Hawk make Dubois a very balanced team.
The turnovers are going to be key to team will come out on top for the battle of the 6-man title. "Turnovers and tackles are always important," Bates said. "If you are trying to arm tackle Dubois, it's not going to happen. We have to win the turnover ratio and have some good tackles."
"We are thrilled to be there, and that is the big thing," Bates said. "It's going to be great for the kids to be able to play one more week."
Connor Lee is Snake River's top offensive player.
"Connor is just an all-around player," Bates said. "He catches the ball well for us. He is a good at running the ball."
Manuel Quinteros also touches the ball a lot for Snake River.
"He brings size to the game for us," Bates said.
In the second week of the regular season, Dubois outlasted Little Snake River 43-36.
The loss was the first one in years years for the Rattlers.
Dubois used a 20-point second quarter to hold off Snake River for the victory.
The Rattlers put up 24 points in the final period to make it close.