Oct 13, 2013 - By Randy Tucker, Sports WriterDUBOIS -- It's almost six months until the opening of track season, but you couldn't tell at Dubois Friday afternoon. The defending Class 1-A 6-man champion Rams made short work of the St. Stephen's Eagles 67-0.
The blowout marked the first-ever meeting between the two schools on the gridiron.
It didn't take long for the Rams to find the end zone, with Sterling Baker hitting Walker Carrico on a 21-yard pass for the game's first score.
Dubois tallied three more scores in a first period cut short by a clock error that had only eight minutes set per quarter. Nathan Moore rumbled in from 18 yards, Baker added another 28-yard score, and Austin Tharp caught a 23-yard Baker pass to end the opening period with the Rams leading 29-0.
The second quarter was more of the same offensively for the Rams, but St. Stephen's showed an offensive spark, with Derrick Roman passing the ball effectively to Taylor Behan and Jaron Arthur, and running backs Johnny Whiteman and Silas SunRhodes picking up yardage on the ground.
Baker tallied another 73-yard run, followed by a 14-yard scoring sprint by Carrico and an 18-yard scoring connection form Baker to Rowan Hawk.
The best play of the game -- and a candidate for instant online viral status if a video was taken -- came when SunRhodes broke down the north sideline on a counter. SunRhodes had a big lead on all the Dubois defenders, but Baker caught him from behind and stole the ball from his hands at the 1-yard line. Baker's momentum carried him into the end zone but he turned around and raced 79 yards with the pilfered pigskin for the second period's final score.
The Rams held an amazing 55-0 lead at the break.
In the third, with the clock running constantly via the 45-point mercy rule, the Rams tallied just two more scores. The first came on a 31-yard run by Moore on the only offensive play of the second half by the Dubois starting unit.
A final score came with Hawk hitting a four-point field goal from 18 yards out on first down.
Dubois travels to Baggs to face Little Snake River, the team they've played twice for the 6-man state championship, while St. Stephen's hosts top-ranked and unbeaten Meeteetse.
DUBOIS 29 26 12 0 - 67
ST. STEPHEN'S 0 0 0 0 - 0
DUB - Walker Carrico 21-pass from Sterling Baker (Rowan Hawk kick) 6:06
DUB - Nathan Moore 18-run (Carrico from Hawk) 4:31
DUB - Baker 28-run (kick failed) 2:55
DUB - Austin Tharp 23-pass from Baker (Hawk kick) 1:12
DUB - Baker 73-run (kick failed) 6:20
DUB - Carrico 14-run (kick failed) 5:28
DUB - Hawk 18-pass from Baker (kick failed) 2:52
DUB - Baker 79-fumble return (Hawk kick) 1:58
DUB - Moore 31-run (Baker kick) 5:30
DUB - Hawk 18-field goal 9:08
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