Teton nets Salmon in stunning shutout
Victorious was the war cry that rang across Huntsman’s field as the Teton football team annihilated Salmon High School 44-0 in last Friday’s Homecoming showdown.
It was a new mentality for the home team who stepped onto the field with back-to-back losses. The tenacity at the line of scrimmage was dangerous and Teton wasn’t about to concede any points on the night. Instead they put the Savages on their heels early, striking gold on their opening drive and amping the tempo with every play.
“We faced some adversity early on in the past two games that affected our energy,” said Head Coach Brody Birch. That wasn’t the case on Friday. They stuck to the game plan and executed with confidence.”
Sophomore Spencer Kasbaum opened the floodgates for Teton, dancing his way into the end zone off of a reverse hand-off from quarterback Dusty Hess.
The young running back has proven himself a valuable offensive asset, also filling in as a middle linebacker on the defensive side. Teton’s defensive line surged forward at the line of scrimmage, smacking down passes wherever they could.
Salmon’s quarterback couldn’t get away from Kasbaum who also managed to stuff any attempted handoffs alongside senior teammate Jeremiah Otto. The dynamic duo rarely steps off the field, playing both offense and defense. Otto is deadly anywhere on the field and lead the offensive charge, rushing for over 130 yards and snagging four touchdowns on the night.
Two of those touchdowns were had thanks to interceptions by James Fullmer and Fletcher Wartig, who set Teton up with excellent field positioning on the 20 and 30 yard lines. Hess executed a quarterback sneak, adding a touchdown to the mix as well.
“I thought it was a huge step up from this past week,” said Otto. “We weren’t perfect, but boy, did we sure fix a bunch of key mistakes we made in the last game. Our mentality just really changed and we came out wanting to hit, and get our blocks, and hit the holes.”
Teton will now prepare to host Declo, arguably their toughest opponent of the season.
The newfound confidence will be a vital component to the teams’ success against a team that has beat them handily in the past. Teton is focusing on the fundamental aspects of their game and aren’t worried about previous records. A clean slate is what they’re after and they know they have the ability to accomplish their goals.
“We’re going to keep doing what we’ve been doing right,” said Otto. “We’re not going to change our style.”
Come out and support your hometown team for their final home game of the season on Friday, September 21 at 7 p.m.!