Returning to 6-man ball, Encampment downs DuboisOct 4, 2019 Randy Tucker, Staff Writer
By Randy Tucker
The Encampment Tigers split from the Saratoga football program when it became evident that the two schools in combination had too many players to continue playing as a combined 6-man football team in Class 1-A.
Rather than returning to a combination that dates back many decades and competing in 11-man football, the two Carbon County schools elected to field separate 6-man programs.
Encampment has a talented group of athletes that played for the Class 1-A state basketball championship back in March, and that athleticism has moved well to the gridiron.
The Tigers put up 28 first period points en route to a 60-24 win Saturday over the Dubois Rams.
Encampment is playing an "exhibition" or junior varsity schedule because state association rules prevent a team from competing in postseason activities in the first year of a new program.
With tall, quick, experienced players, Encampment is already one of the best programs in 6-man football, but will stay home from the playoffs no matter the regular-season record.
Dubois trailed 47-6 at the half.
The second half was much better for the Rams with 18 points, six in the third and a pair of touchdowns in the final period.
Max Claar paced the Rams with 71 of their total 73 yards on the ground. The going was tough against the big Tiger front line.
In the air Jaryd Wells threw just one pass of 75 yards for a breakaway touchdown to Jack Hinkle that covered nearly the entire length of the field.
Hinkle had a solid day with seven catches for 155 yards and three touchdowns.
The other two scores were thrown by freshman quarterback Ryan Wells, who passed for the best afternoon of his young career completing six of 10 for 85 yards and giving up one interception.
Dubois hoste Burlington on Friday at 2 p.m. in a 1-A West conference tilt.
Encampment 128 19 6 7 - 60
Dubois 0 6 6 12 - 24