FIRTH â€” Coming into Friday night's home game with Ririe, Firth senior defensive back Brady Oleson had not started a game this season.
Naturally the game plan of the visiting Bulldogs was to attack the side of the field Oleson was playing.
That plan backfired.
Oleson had two second quarter interceptions, both led to Firth touchdowns as the Cougars cruised to a 59-7 win over Ririe at Firth High School Friday night.
"This his first start after Layton Wasia hurt his ankle," Firth head coach Keith Drake said of Oleson. "He did a great job in their. I think that Ririe wanted to attack his side of the field and stay away from Jackson Thompson, and Brady did a great job of shutting that side opt the field down."
Olseon's two interceptions came in the final two minutes of the second quarter and with the Cougars in control of the game 36-0.
The first interception he returned the ball 58 yards down to the Ririe 10-yardline.
On the very next play Connor Montgomery scored on a 10-yard run.
Oleson's second interception came exactly one minute after the first and again he ran the ball down near the Bulldogs 11-yardline.
Jackson Thompson took just one play to connect with Zak Johnson with an 11-yard touchdown pass.
Thompson's touchdown pass was his third of the half as the Cougars went into halftime with a 51-0 lead.
"I told the kids during our chalk talk before the game to just control what we do," Drake said. "You cannot really back a team down, we just executed the things we needed to and the team did that tonight."
The Cougars varsity starters played just one more quarter before watching the remainder of the game from the bench.
Montgomery scored the lone Cougars second half touchdown late in the third quarter when he ran through the entire Ririe defense for a 25-yard touchdown.
Montgomery finished the night with 92 yards on seven carries and two touchdowns.
Firth quarterback Jackson Thompson was nearly perfect on the night finishing 11-of-12 for 140 yards and three touchdown passes. Dalton Cate hauled in five passes for 78 yards and two touchdowns to lead the receiving corps.
The fourth quarter was played by the Cougars junior varsity players and minus a 40-yard touchdown run by Ririe's DeWayne Hodges the game would have been a shutout.
Firth (4-1, 1-0 2A Sixth District) host west Jefferson for senior night next Friday.
Firth 59, Ririe 7
Ririe 0 0 0 7 â€” 7
Firth 21 30 7 0 â€” 59
F â€” Lucas Orme 9 run (Connor Montgomery run)
F â€” Jackson Thompson 1 run (Dallon Rowe kick)
F â€” Thompson 11 run (run failed)
F â€” Dalton Cate 23 pass from Thompson (Rowe kick)
F â€” Cate 1 pass from Thompson (Thompson pass to Orme)
F â€” Montgomery 10 run (Thompson pass to Zak Johnson)
F â€” Johnson 11 pass from Thompson (Rowe kick)
F â€” Montgomery 25 run (Dalton Cate pass to Nick Anderson)
R â€” DeWayne Hodges 40 run (Javier Garcia kick)
Rushing â€” Ririe: TJ Thacker 10 - -6, DeWayne Hodges 20-89-1, Zach Anderson 11-16, Douglas Kelly 1 --7. Firth: Connor Montgomery 7-92-2, Jackson Thompson 4-32-2, Lucas Orme 2-13-1, Dalton Cate 2-33, Dylan Holley 1-7, Brodie cate 3 --17, Nick Anderson 4-18, Jared Anderson 2-3, Will Park 2-6, Dallon Rowe 1-0.
Receiving â€” Ririe: Zach Anderson 1-7, Zane Zeller 1-12. Firth: Zak Johnson 3-53-1, Dalton Cate 5-78-2, Nick Anderson 1 --3, Connor Montgomery 2-12, Lucas Orme 2-45, Dylan Holley 1-37.
Passing â€” Ririe: TJ Thacker 2-9-19-0-3. Firth â€” Jackson Thompson 11-12-140-3-0, Dalton Cate 3-5-72.