The Indians earn play off berth for first time in nearly 30 years
Thursday, October 17, 2019
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The Indians defense held the Hawks to a season low 8 points.

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Lodge Grass Indians tight end/defensive back Rope Three Irons had nine receptions for 181 yards and two touchdowns. He also scored on a pair of 2-point conversions. The Indians defeated the Powder River Hawks to earn their first playoff berth in 29 years.

For the first time in 29 years, the Lodge Grass Indian football team has earned a playoff berth. It was all decided when the Mighty Indians traveled all the way to the Powder River Country to defeat. Here is a break down of some player stats:

TE/DB Rope Three Irons had nine receptions for 181 yards and two touchdowns. He also scored on a pair of 2-point conversions, on defense he broke up a pass and did awesome on his duties as punter and kicker.

RB/DB Malachi Little Nest had five receptions for 94 yards, and led the Indians with 17 yards on the ground. He ran for a touchdown and a 2-point conversion. He had a pair of 26-yard pass receptions, and did outstanding defensive duties, including blocking a punt, and four tackles for losses, and breaking a pass.

TE/DE Jaris Pretty Paint caught fou passes for 72 yards, and 2 touchdowns. On Defense he recorded a sack, tackled for loss of yardage and broke up a pass.

TE/DB Gabe Pease had two interceptions and several key tackles.

OL/DL Christian Fighter played awesome defense with four sacks, two pass break ups, and a tackle for lost yardage.

DE Silas Dawes helped lead the defensive effort with a fumble recovery 1.5 sacks, a tackle for loss and several key tackles throughout the game.

RB/DB Stephen “Pierre” Matt who was out for a couple games, came back and played well on both sides of the ball.

The Indians started Christian Fighter, Chad Bad Bear, and Jacob Brien on the offensive line, and all also played the defensive line with Ezra Male Bear. As a unit, the line kept their assignments blocking and attacking the offense.

The Indians finish the regular season ranked #4 in sub-conference A of Eastern Montana 8-man football and will travel to play the #4 team of the Eastern Montana subconference B 8-man football for the seventh place position in the Eastern Montana 8-man conference. The game against Forsyth happens to be a rematch.

At the first meeting, the Indians played well, but fell short to the Dogies, a team that Lodge Grass Head Coach Jerry Harris knows all too well. He is the former coach at Forsyth.

“The first game we made some mistakes, since then we’ve worked hard on not making those same mistakes, we are coming to our own and I believe we are starting to peak, we are understanding that our fundamentals on defense is our strength, I tell our boys all the time, ‘Offense wins games, defense wins championships’,” Harris said. “We have 11 young men on our roster, we got some injuries, to be expected with a team so short staffed, that’s why we are the Iron Men, we play on both sides of the ball, all the way till the end of the game.”

For fans who want to support the team, there will be a tailgate party before game time.

Kick off is at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019 at Forsyth. Women are encouraged to show their support by wearing orange, while men are encouraged to wear black. More information can be found on their Facebook page, search “Lodge Grass Indian Football.”