Tigers hammer Wallace, Idaho, 64-22

| September 9, 2020 12:30 AM

By CHUCK BANDEL

Valley Press

Heading into Friday night’s 8-man football game at Wallace, St. Regis/Mullan coach Jesse Allan said the team needed to diversify from the potent running game they used to dispatch Lakeside in their season opener.

Mission accomplished for the Tigers, who routed Wallace 64-22 in an Idaho high school football league game played in Wallace.

Paced by four touchdowns from sophomore quarterback Caleb Ball and a stout defense, the Tigers roared to a quick lead and never looked back.

The combined team, which plays its conference games in Idaho, improved to 2-0 on the young season by displaying a potent passing attack to go with a lightning strike ground game.

Once again it was a family affair on the offensive side of the ball.

Ball passed for two touchdowns and ran for another, buoyed by a solid performance from the offensive line led by Blake Layton, who Allan said was also a standout on the defensive line.

“Blake had a very good game on both sides of the line,” Allan said. “We moved the ball well.”

In addition to Caleb’s offensive fireworks, his brother Adam Ball scored two running touchdowns to boost his two-game season total to six. They also got a pair of touchdowns from junior running back Luke Trogden, who added one running and one receiving touchdown to the night’s total.

He was joined by his brother, Riley Trogden, who also hauled in a TD strike from Caleb Ball.

This one was over early as the Tigers rolled to a 36-0 lead just minutes into the second quarter. By halftime they had upped their lead to 42-0, getting a kickoff return for six by freshman John Pruitt.

They continued to add to their total in the second half, with several of the team’s promising sophomores and freshmen seeing a lot of playing time.

Wallace managed to score 22 second-half points against the Tigers’ second unit defense.

“It’s great to start 2-0,” coach Allan said. “Let’s hope we can keep rolling.”

Next up for the Tigers is a home game in St. Regis Friday night against Arlee. The game is homecoming and senior night with kickoff set for 7 p.m.