After two road games to start the season, Three Forks High School Head Football Coach Connor Sullivan said his team was excited to get out and play their home opener on September 7 against visiting Whitehall. The Wolves put on quite a show for the fans at John Overstreet Field, scoring six first-half touchdowns on their way to a dominant 45-0 win over the visiting Trojans.
Three Forks would get their first touchdown of the night with 4:29 left in the opening quarter when senior quarterback Shane Williams connected with Tallyn McCauley for a 20-yard touchdown.
After taking a 7-0 lead into the second quarter, the Wolves would explode in the second quarter. It was a big night for Sawyer Andersen, who would find the endzone on a 20-yard run with 11:04 left in the half and two minutes later on a three-yard run that would give the Wolves a 20-0 lead.
Sullivan said his team struggled on the first couple of drives of the game, but after that, they locked in and played a great game.
After Whitehall forced a punt on the next Three Forks possession, punter Colten Hayder made a phenomenal play on fourth down for the Wolves. After trouble with the snap, Hayder ran 48-yards for a touchdown. The huge play on special teams put the Wolves up 26-0 with 6:08 left in the second quarter.
The Wolves were not quite done in the first half, with Williams connecting with McCauley for two more touchdowns, a 31-yard touchdown with 3:14 left in the second, and a 33-yard scoring play with 41 seconds left to give the Wolves a 38-0 lead going into the break.
Sullivan said McCauley is a great athlete who is explosive on the field.
"He played quarterback, so he understands the game from back there, and he sees what Shane (Williams) sees. They have a great connection. Tallyn goes out and makes plays," Sullivan said.
Three Forks would score the game's final points on a three-yard touchdown run from Caleb Van Vleet with 3:38 left in the third quarter.
Following the game, Sullivan praised the play of his defense.
"They played a physical brand of football, and we preached that all week. Whitehall, they are a good team, but our guys stepped up and rose to the challenge," he said.
The Wolves (2-1) will return to the road this week with a September 15 matchup at Anaconda.
"Anaconda will be ready to go. They had a bye week, so they have two weeks on us. We'll need a great week of practice," Sullivan said.