Beavers dominate Whitefish, 26-9

By 
J.P. Plutt
Wednesday, August 31, 2022
Run to daylight

Dillon running back David Schmidlin protects the ball while running against Whitefish Friday night. The Beavers won the opener, 26-9. Whitefish Pilot photo

The Dillon Beavers avenged an opening game home loss at the hands of Whitefish a year ago with a 26-9 road win over the Bulldogs on Friday night. The Beavers dominated the game with a smothering defense and four touchdown passes and 283 yards from junior quarterback Kee Christiansen.

“Kee is doing a great job of being a leader,” said Dillon coach Zach McRae of the second year starter. “I don’t think anybody would tell you that he or I are happy with four interceptions, but we’re on the path of getting better each and every time. I would rather learn aggressively than passively, and we learned aggressively.” Senior receiver Eli Nourse hauled in three of the scoring passes and totaled five catches for 155 yards. The touchdowns went for 56, 64 and 22 yards making Nourse a target of defensive game planning going forward. Treyton Graham hauled in Christiansen’s other touchdown throw, toting a bubble screen 32 yards to the end zone. The game opened with a scoreless first quarter with Dillon’s defense playing solid and the Beaver offense suffering two turnovers. Whitefish managed a field goal in the second quarter to open the scoring but failed to get anything going until a late fourth quarter touchdown when the game was out of reach.

Whitefish is led by four-year starting quarterback Fynn Ridgeway, one of the top recruits in the state. In his previous two games against Dillon, Ridgeway averaged 320 yards a game. Against Dillon’s speed-laden defense Friday night, Ridgeway managed just 141 yards and two interceptions while completing just 16 of 41 attempts.

“We gave up some yards and gave up some plays, but nothing really popped,” said McRae of the Dillon defense. “We have worked really hard at the bare-bones fundamentals. I was pleased with the way we flew around and I think our team speed is a strength of ours, but we also have some big boys up front and they were doing a great job.”

Dillon defensive coordinator Gary Ferris rotates nine defensive linemen into the 3-4 look, keeping the players, and many of them are sophomores, fresh.

Dillon running back Kale Konen hammered the ball 13 times for 62 yards and caught another two throws for 51 yards. When a defense focuses on stopping the passing game, Konen has the ability to gash the opposition.

Dillon’s road trip continues to Hamilton (1-0) this Friday at 7 p.m. The Broncs, coached by Dillon native Bryce Carver, are the defending Montana State A champions. Carver’s dad and many childhood friends are on the Dillon staff.

The Dillon Beavers avenged an opening game home loss at the hands of Whitefish a year ago with a 26-9 road win over the Bulldogs on Friday night. The Beavers dominated the game with a smothering defense and four touchdown passes and 283 yards from junior quarterback Kee Christiansen.

“Kee is doing a great job of being a leader,” said Dillon coach Zach McRae of the second year starter. “I don’t think anybody would tell you that he or I are happy with four interceptions, but we’re on the path of getting better each and every time. I would rather learn aggressively than passively, and we learned aggressively.”

Senior receiver Eli Nourse hauled in three of the scoring passes and totaled five catches for 155 yards. The touchdowns went for 56, 64 and 22 yards making Nourse a target of defensive game planning going forward.

Treyton Graham hauled in Christiansen’s other touchdown throw, toting a bubble screen 32 yards to the end zone.

DILLON 26, WHITEFISH 9 Second Quarter WF - Mason Kelch 35 yard field goal. DILLON - 56 pass from Kee Christianson to Eli Nourse, kick failed.

DILLON - 32 pass from Kee Christianson to Treyton Graham, kick failed.

Third Quarter DILLON - 64 Pass from Kee Christianson to Eli Nourse, kick failed.

DILLON - 19 pass from Kee Christianson to Eli Nourse, kick failed.

Fourth quarter DILLON - Safety (snapped over punters head).

WF - Ty Schaiger 17 run, kick failed. DILLON STATISTICS Rushing - Cooper Anderson 1-0, Kee Christiansen 3-5, Max Davis 1-8, Kale Konen 13-62, Tanner Mussard 3-1, David Schmidlin 5-19.

Passing - Christiansen 11-26-4-283-4. Receiving - Davis 1-8, Treyton Graham 1-32, Konen 2-51, Nourse 5-155, Kaden Pittman 1-32.

Kickoff returns - Nourse 1-30. Punt returns – Caden Hansen 2-24. Interceptions - Carter Curnow 1, Graham 1.

Blocked kick - Jon Peterson 1. Unassisted tackles - Cooper Anderson 4, Max Davis 4. Assisted tackles - Jon Peterson 6, Kaden Pittman 6.

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