The Montague Wildcats were the top team in Division 6, when they captured consecutive titles in 2008 and 2009. After eleven long years of waiting, they returned to the throne with a 40-14 win over the Clinton Redskins.
On the opening drive of the game, Montague took control. Drew Collins aired it out and found Sam Smith for a nine-yard score that gave the Wildcats an early 7-0 edge. Clinton would respond on their first drive, as the Redskins got an eight-yard touchdown run from George Ames. The Wildcats regained the lead at the end of the quarter, as Collins and Smith paired up for another score. This time, they connected on a longer pass play, spanning forty-four yards. After a missed PAT, they held a 13-7 edge.
Once again, Clinton would respond. The Redskins went on a nineteen-play drive that covered eighty yards and took up nearly eleven minutes of game time. Braydn Lehman plunged across the goal line for the final two yards, and the extra point put Clinton ahead by one, 14-13.
Montague would reclaim the lead late in the half, as Dylan Everett found the end zone from two yards out. The Wildcats went for two, and after the pass fell incomplete, they took a 19-14 lead into the locker room.
In the second half, Montague was in complete control. They outscored Clinton 21-0 to turn a close contest into a blowout. After forcing a turnover on downs, the Wildcats’ offense struck quickly. It took just three plays for Montague to score, as Drew Collins and Sam Smith connected for their third touchdown, a twenty-six yard passing play.
Trey Mikkelsen stepped in front of a Redskins pass on their next offensive drive, setting up Montague for another score. This time, Collins used his legs to find the end zone. His nine-yard keeper pushed the lead to 33-14 in favor of the Wildcats after three quarters of play.
The fourth quarter saw one final Drew Collins touchdown. Once again, he ran the football into the end zone, covering twenty-three yards on his way.
It was another highlight day for Drew Collins. He was 15/19 passing, racking up 244 yards and three touchdowns. He added eight carries that totaled 51 yards and another two scores.
Dylan Everett turned his nine carries into 52 yards and a touchdown, and he added one 42-yard catch. Sam Smith finished the game with five catches for 96 yards and three touchdowns, while Tugg Nichols added eighty-nine yards on five catches.
Defensively, Izac Jarka and Colton Blankstrom led Montague with eight tackles. Alec Waruszewski and Trey Mikkelsen each had seven tackles, and Mikkelsen added that interception.
Clinton rushed for all 358 yards of offense. They were led by Brayden Randolph, who carried the football 23 times for 194 yards.