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HAVRE — Welcome to the Frontier Conference Quinn McQueary.
The Montana State transfer quarterback sparked an electrifying Montana Tech offense Saturday as Orediggers opened the season with a 58-14 rout of MSU-Northern at Blue Pony Stadium.
The win, which was Tech’s first since an Aug. 30, 2014 win over the same Lights, was the most lopsided victory in the tenure of five-year head coach Chuck Morrell.
“We felt like we prepared well at fall camp and we came out from the jump and proved all that hard work paid off,” Morrell said.
Nolan Saraceni scored three touchdowns, including a 61-yard gallop as the Orediggers jumped out to a 34-0 lead in the easy win. Saraceni also scored on runs of 3 and 2 yards.
Zach Winfield also got into the act, busting loose for a 60-yard TD run.
“We had a ton of guys touch the ball,” Morrell said. “The diversity of our offense came out today.”
Tech led 20-0 after the first quarter and 34-0 at the half.
McQueary got things started by hitting Chirs LaChance, a junior college transfer, for a 55-yard strike to get the scoring started.
“Quinn was very productive and our receivers were on point with their routs,” Morrell said. “They did a great job getting up field after the catch.”
Morrell also praised the guys on the other side of the ball.
“Our defense was opportunistic, we were able to keep (Zach) McKinley in check.”
Stats from the game were way off, Morrell said. He said they aren’t even worth looking at.
The coach suspects his team will have about 500 yards of offense when his coaches go through film tonight.
The Orediggers are back action Saturday when they welcome Carroll College to the Bob Green Field.
The stat keepers at Montana Tech’s 58-14 win at MSU-Northern Saturday in Havre shortchanged the Orediggers by 310 yards. They also failed to credit some touchdowns to Oredigger players.
Montana Tech coaches went through the game film after returning to Butte and found that the Orediggers chalked up 622 yards of offense in the most lopsided win of five-year head coach Chuck Morrell’s tenure.
The Orediggers passed for 325 yards and rushed for another 297.
Quarterback Quinn McQueary completed 19 of 21 passes for 255 yards and two touchdowns. Backup Dawson Reardon saw time and was also efficient, completing 6 of 8 throws for 70 yards and a score.
Alec Bray topped the century mark in receiving yards with nine receptions for 110 yards. Clay Cavender caught six passes for 47 yards and two scores.
On the ground, Nolan Saraceni racked up 101 yards and four touchdowns on 13 carries. Not a bad way to kick off the post-Pat Hansen era. Zach Winfield ran for 91 yards and a score on six carries.
The Orediggers will look to duplicate those numbers, or at least come close, Saturday in their home opener against No. 4 Carroll College.
Montana Tech individual statistics follow.
PASSING — McQueary 19-21-255 yards 2 TD’s, Reardon 6-8-70 yards 1TD.
RECEIVING — Bray 9-110, Cavender 6-47 2 TD’s, LaChance 4-79 1TD, Beauchaine 2-16, Bunney 2-11, Loudenback 1-41, Pearson 1-13, Keeton 1-8.
RUSHING — Saraceni 13-101 4 TD’s, Winfield 6-91 1 TD, Bunney 4-35, McQueary 5-25, Gappmayer 4-20, Reardon 5-17, McCracken 2-7, Cavender 1-4, Lynde 1-(-3).