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Dubois wins first-ever state football crown
Nov 11, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor
The Rams erased a 24-20 halftime deficit and blew out defending champ Little Snake River 54-30 at War Memorial Stadium in Laramie.
LARAMIE -- Dubois scored 36 unanswered points during the second and third quarters to pull away from Little Snake River Friday afternoon and celebrate a 54-30 victory for the Class 1-A 6-man football title at War Memorial Stadium.
The state title was the first football championship Dubois High School history.
The win ended a perfect season for the Rams at 11-0. The victory was revenge for Dubois after Snake River won last year's 6-man title over the Fremont County school.
After the final horn sounded at War Memorial Stadium, Dubois coach David Trembly was rewarded with a water shower from his players.
The Rams gave hugs and high fives to the faithful fans who made the long journey to Laramie.
"It means a lot to me to be a part of Dubois High School," Dubois senior running back Jesse Hawk said.
"I'm proud of this team. I'm proud of everybody. I'm just so excited that we won."
Junior quarterback Sterling Baker spearheaded the offensive effort from the Rams, piling up 277 rushing yards on 23 attempts. Baker found the end zone three times in the high-scoring football format.
"It's awesome to win," Baker said. "Words don't really explain it. I'm happy that I was able to perform and do my best. It's just one of those thing that you are happy to do. Now, you are on top,"
Hawk also had a huge day, running for five touchdowns via 128 rushing yards on 19 carries in his final high school football game.
"At the start, I was very nervous," Hawk said. "I knew that Little Snake River would come to play, and they did."
Seniors Kyle Tea, Matt Rohovie, Cody Flynn and John Bartlett all contributed in the win for the Rams.
"The seniors have done a great job," Trembly said. "They built up a great season as juniors and seniors. Now, they are going to be well missed next year. That is for sure."
Juniors on the state championship team were Austin Tharp, Nathan Moore and Kameron Jensen. The sophomores for Dubois were Rowan Hawk, West Hagert and Walker Carrico. The two freshmen were Tage Walker and Cole Jensen.
Snake River was missing two starters for the title game after they were suspended early in the week by head coach Mike Bates.
Snake River senior quarterback Zach Filip and senior defensive lineman Jacob Ready didn't make the trip for the Rattlers because of disciplinary violations.
Dubois 54, Little Snake River 30
Snake River opened the title game by landing on the football on the opening kick after Dubois couldn't come up with the ball. Manuel Quinteros scored on a 27-yard touchdown run on the first offensive play from scrimmage.
"The early turnovers that we had hurt us at the start," Trembly said.
Dubois answered with a 46-yard touchdown run by Baker and a 17-yard touchdown run from Hawk to take a 12-8 lead with nine minutes left in the first quarter. Snake River scored two more times in the first period for a surprising 24-12 lead after the first period.
Both the teams settled down in the second quarter, as Hawk had the only score of the period.
"We weren't used to the speed that Snake River had," Baker said. "In the first half, we just kind of got beat on our blocks. In the second half, we were ready for the quick defensive line and were able to make some blocks and holes."
Dubois kept Snake River out of the end zone in the second period.
"It was pretty big. We had a lot a challenges," Hawk said.
"A couple of time we thought that they were going to score, but we stopped them."
Snake River was up 24-20 at halftime.
"I'm not down very often, but it was pretty nerve-wracking," Baker said about being behind. "We were expected to win this game. I put a whole lot of pressure on myself and the team to be able to pull it out and work our best to get the lead."
That's what happened in the third quarter. Baker and Hawk had two touchdowns each to put the Rams up 48-24.
Little Snake River scored with .08 seconds left in the third quarter on a 58-yard touchdown pass from Grayson Lee to Carson Lee for its only score of the second half.
"It was very important," said Hawk about the start of the third quarter. "It gave us more motivation. It boosted our confidence, so we could score more and more."
Baker sealed the title victory with a 62-yard run with a minute left in the third period.
Hawk scored once in the final quarter on a 3-yard touchdown run.
Tea added a 62-yard punt in the game and hauled in an interception.
Tea was credited with five solo tackles and two pass breakups to pace the defensive effort.
Dubois 54, Little Snake River 30
Dubois 12 8 28 6 -- 54
LSR 24 0 6 0 -- 30
Snake River -- Manuel Quinteros 27-yard touchdown run, Quinteros two-point run, 9:48, 0-8.
Dubois -- Sterling Baker 46-yard touchdown run, Two-point run failed, 9:30, 6-8.
Dubois -- Jesse Hawk 17-yard touchdown run, two-point run failed, 9:13, 12-8.
Snake River -- Cole Gourlay 33-yard touchdown run, Quinteros two-point run, 7:16, 12-16.
Snake River -- Grayson Lee 32-yard touchdown pass to Quinteros, Quinteros two-point run, 5:55, 12-24.
Dubois -- Hawk 4-yard touchdown run, Rowan Hawk two-point run, 20-24.
Dubois -- Baker 7-yard touchdown run, Baker two-point run, 8:48, 28-24.
Dubois -- Hawk 24-yard touchdown run, extra point blocked, 4:53, 34-24.
Dubois -- Hawk 12-yard touchdown run, Baker two-point run, 2:13, 42-24.
Dubois -- Baker 62-yard touchdown run, extra point no good, 1:30, 48-24.
Snake River -- Grayson Lee 58-yard touchdown pass to Carson Lee, extra point no good, :08, 48-30..
Dubois -- Hawk 3-yard touchdown run, extra point blocked, 1:10, 54-30.
Rushing -- Sterling Baker, 23-277, 3 TD; Jesse Hawk, 19-128, 5 TD, Rowan Hawk, 2-4; Manuel Quinteros 10-65, 1 TD; Cole Gourlay, 6-42, 1 TD.
Passing -- Baker, 4-5-31, Grayson Lee, 7-13-97; Quinteros, 2-6-16; Flip, 2-6-8.
Receiving -- Jesse Hawk, 2-14, Cody Flynn 1-12; Rowan Hawk, 1-5; Quinteros 4-33; Carson Lee 2-60; Gourlay, 3-20, Grieve, 2-8.