Rangers spoil Custer homecoming

Leslie Silverman
The Hill City Rangers football team went to Custer and dominated the field last Friday evening, leaving the Wildcats winless for the season.
The 20-0 score means the Rangers have now had two shutouts this season, the other against Lakota Tech. Coach Brett Eckert was pleased with how the team played.
“Coming into the game we knew they had size and could be really physical,” he said.
The Rangers played well, putting points on the board that helped build momentum. 
“It was a very good first half of football with both teams playing strong defensively and we were able to put together a drive at the end of the first half that gave our boys confidence going into the second half,” he said.
Eckert said the team’s running game was effective and that the team, “had guys on the outside make some big plays for us to move the ball.”
Overall Eckert was happy with the win and “was impressed with our defense especially after their first drive.”
Devin Buehler threw for a pair of touchdowns and ran for another in the game. It was the first meeting between the two schools since 2012.
The Rangers are now 2-5 on the season with their next matchup taking place this Friday against the 5-2 Bison of Hot Springs. Eckert describes the Bison as a “very good football team.” He is both realistic and optimistic about the game.
“We will have to play really well to compete with them but we are going to give it a great shot,” he said. “We need to take care of the ball on offense and control the clock. Defensively we need to eliminate their explosive plays.”
The Rangers will be celebrating the three seniors on the team—Isaac Dean, David Hubacher and Eli Isakson.
Play begins at 6:30 at Ranger Field.

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