The Battlin’ Bears continued their season with the official homecoming game on Sept. 23 against the College of Idaho Yotes. The game began slowly, but picked up for the Battlin’ Bears in the second quarter with two passing touchdowns from quarterback Jacob Bakken to Brandon Mosley. The Battlin’ Bears pulled away with two fourth quarter touchdowns and a field goal kicked by Griff Aimes. The offense finished with 447 total yards; 199 on the ground and 248 passing yards with 4 touchdowns. Bakken finished 17 for 28 pass attempts with 183 yards, 2 passing touchdowns, and 1 rushing touchdown. Sam Sparks finished with with 15 carries for 88 yards. Lucas Overton caught 6 receptions for 119 yards and 1 touchdown. On the defensive side of the ball, Billy Williams, Dallas Mack, and Kendell Jefferson made 7 tackles each. Jefferson, Terrance Williams, and Keenan Fagan also forced three turnovers on the Yotes catching an interception each.
The Battlin’ Bears took the long drive to Ashland Oregon to take on the Southern Oregon Raiders on Sept 30. The Raiders were ranked at number 9 in the nation going in to the matchup. Rocky lost in a heartbreaker in the final minutes of the game, with the Raiders taking the narrow win with a final score of 24-23. The Raiders lead the Battlin’ Bears 24-10 in the fourth quarter. Drew Korf and the offense mounted two drives that kept the Bears in the game with two touchdown passes to Max Gray. The offense’s final drive for the win came up short when a pass attempt by Korf to Darneail Jenkins was tipped by the Southern Oregon defense.
“We’re 3-3 overall and 3-2 in the league” safety Keenan Fagan said about the close loss. “We lost, but we lost to the number 9 team in the nation by one point. We just need to win out if we want a shot at the post season.”
The offense finished with 380 total yards, 176 on the ground, and 204 passing. Quarterback Drew Korf completed 13 out of 18 pass attempts for 152 yards and 2 touchdowns. Sam Sparks had 12 carries for 60 yards and Jacob Bakken kept the ball 11 times for 58 yards and 1 touchdown. On the defensive side, Dallas Mack finished with 10 tackles, 8 solo and 2 assists. Chase Bertleson and Keenan Fagan both finished with 8 tackles each, Terrance Williams finished with 7 solo tackles and Ryder Rice finished with 5 tackles and 2 sacks.
The Battlin’ Bears look to rebound from the tough loss on Oct. 7 at 1 P.M. when they take to the road again to Havre, Montana for their second matchup against MSU-Northern.