FIRTH — For those who thought that last years run to the championship game was a fluke think again. The Firth Cougars are for real, and they showed that in good old Firth Football fashion Friday night as they dismantled West Side 44-18 in the season opener.
The Cougars started the first drive of the game at their own 32 yard line and called on Mitch Orme’s number 5, over and over again. Firth was facing a 4th and 17 as they drew something up out of the Boise State playbook with a hook and ladder to Orme, to get them down to the goal line where Nick Andersen punched it in from 3 yards out Orme got the 2 point conversion.
West Side was not to be outdone as they marched the ball 60 yards to Firths 15 where the Cougars made a stand capped off with a sack from Dalton Cate to force a 4th and 20. The quarter ended with Firth getting the ball back at their 35 yard line.
The Pirates weren’t willing to give up just yet as they stuffed the Cougars in four plays and got the ball back at their 37. West Side took advantage of the field position as they scored on a Jon O’Brien 63 yard touchdown run. Firth received the kickoff and begin their drive at the 36 yard line and with a great mix of running threats by Orme, Andersen, and Connor Montgomery, Firth scored again courtesy of a 2 yard td run by Andersen leading to a 14-6 half time lead.
Westside opened the second half with a great 43 yd Kickoff return by Trevor Montes. O’Brien later punched it in making the score 14-12 after the failed 2pt conversion attempt. That proved to be all the Pirate scoring until late in the fourth quarter when it was far to little and way too late.
Meanwhile, Firth got hot, really hot as they scored another 14 points with a receiving touchdown by Montgomery, and a 32 yard touchdown burst by Mitch Orme leading to a 28-12 Firth lead after three quarters.
The 4th quarter didn’t bode much better for the Pirates who as Nick Andersen forced a fumble to place Firth in scoring position which they took advantage of with a 2 yard touchdown run by Montgomery. Montgomery scored again on a 98 yardd drive by the Cougars, giving him a total of 3 scores for the night in the 44-18 victory.
“They are a good team I have a lot of respect for the coaches," Firth head coach Keith Drake said. "The first half was tight, but we broke some drives in the second half and we wore them out and confused them a bit. “
Firth (1-0) will be at Sugar-Salem next Friday at 7:00.