by Craig Beilfuss
It was another long night for the young Shelby Tigers, as the Montague Wildcats rolled into town and spoiled the Shelby Homecoming festivities by shutting out the Tigers on their home field, 70-0.
Montague would find the end zone for four touchdowns in both the first and second quarters, and mix in a safety in the second quarter en route to a 56-0 halftime lead. The Wildcats would tack on two more TD’s in the third quarter.
Andrew Kooi led the Wildcat offense, throwing for 95 yards, while Dylan Everett rushed for 99 yards. Overall, Montague would rack up 234 rushing yards and finish with 329 total yards, compared to 43 total yards for Shelby
“This was a good opportunity for us to build some depth and give our 2’s more reps,” said first-year head coach Justin Dennert of Montague.
“I have a lot of respect for Shelby and coach Fortier, for competing tonight,” added Dennert.
Leading the way for Shelby on offense was Cade Clement, who rushed for 47 yards on 15 carries. Travis Boughand had three receptions for 37 yards. Clement would lead the Tiger defense with four tackles and Boughan and Marco Garcia, each had three tackles.
“We started a sophomore QB tonight and he made some plays and he took some lumps,” said first-year Shelby coach Phil Fortier. “Tough night, but this is not about the scoreboard, it’s about competing and learning. The game of football is important and I love my team. We will continue to rise up and be dudes … back to work on Monday,” added Fortier.
Montague, now 5-1 overall and 5-0 in the West Michigan Conference, will travel to Mason County Central next Friday evening, while the Tigers with an 0-6 overall record and 0-5 in conference play, will travel to Muskegon Oakridge.