McDermitt’s Tristan Bitt looks for room to run Friday’s game against Owyhee.
McDermitt’s Tristan Bitt looks for room to run Friday’s game against Owyhee.
MCDERMITT — After missing more than two years on the field in a competitive way, the McDermitt High School football team was looking to make the best of the shortened season this spring.

The Bulldogs last played in 2018 and were about using this time in March to build the program for future years. McDermitt did not have any seniors on the roster and featured five freshmen.

The Bulldogs wrapped up the season on Friday afternoon against Owyhee and were defeated 72-2.

“It was a learning experience for us the entire season,” said MHS coach Richard Egan. “We knew what we were getting ourselves into this season, with this young group. We had two guys with some experience and I am glad we were able to finish the season. With our limited numbers, it makes tough to work on what you need to do. Ideally you would like to have twice as many guys so you could work on what you need to in practice. We don’t have that luxury here.”

Owyhee scored two quick touchdowns within the first two minutes of the game and increased the lead to 24-0 with 7:50 left in the first quarter after a 53-yard run By Julian D.

McDermitt recovered an Owyhee fumble off a punt midway through the first quarter, but saw its drive end with an interception at the Owyhee 2-yard line.

However, on the Braves’ first play on the ensuing drive, Owyhee fumbled the snap in the end zone but recovered it, leading to a safety for McDermitt.

The Bulldogs were forced to punt on the ensuing possession, which led to a 30-yard touchdown run by Desmond Hanchor.

Owyhee added to the lead with 3:39 to play in the first half on a 9-yard pass from Sequoia Roubideaux to Decarian Sam and a 40-2 advantage at halftime.

The Braves opened the third quarter with a 77-yard kickoff return by Hanchor and Owyhee tacked on three more scores to account for the final score.

“It felt like more of a preseason for me,” Egan said. “The goal is for everyone to come back this fall. They are ready to go for next year. I have my fingers crossed that we can get back out here in the fall and be ready to go. We are looking forward to that.”