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Firth races past Oakley

October 31, 2013

It took Connor Montgomery less than six minutes to make his mark on the Firth Cougars' 37-6 win over Oakley in the opening round of the Class 2A playoffs on Thursday.
In that span Montgomery had a rushing touchdown, a receiving touchdown and a fumble recovery as the Cougars built a lead that Oakley never challenged.
Montgomery finished the night with 137 yards rushing and four touchdowns on 17 carries and another 16 yards and a touchdown through the air.
But other than Montgomery the Cougars did not get much done offensively.
“We were trying to open up the playbook a little bit and do some things we don’t normally do,” Firth coach Keith Drake said. “We were not always successful, but we are getting better.”
Firth is known for its ability to run the ball and Montgomery gave the Cougars all the yards and points they needed.
But what Firth does not do well is throw the footbal. So Drake and the coaching staff spent a lot of the first half trying to move the ball through the air.
Unfortunately the Cougars' pass blocking was less than stellar. The three quarterbacks Firth used in the game combined to go 7-of-22 passing for 107 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.
“We know we can run the ball,” Drake said. “We have to be more balanced and that is what we told the kids before the game.”
Montgomery got the Cougars on the board less than four minutes into the game when he scored on a four-yard run.
Exactly two minutes later Montgomery pounced on a fumble from Oakley quarterback Trey Elquist. A few plays later Montgomery scored when he hauled in a 16 yards pass from Jackson Thompson to give the Cougars a 14-0 lead.
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