Shakopee quarterback David Bigaouette gave his team an early 13-0 lead over Stillwater. Bigaouette finished with four touchdowns, leading the Sabers to a 34-7 homecoming victory on Friday night at Vaughan Field. Photo by Gary Mukai, SportsEngine
Shakopee coach Ray Betton has run an option offense his entire coaching career. But his methodology has shifted, from employing a shotgun-focused option offense with his previous teams, to running a triple-option offense while in charge of the Sabers.
“We ran this offense back when I was at Simley and we brought it here,” Betton said. “The boys are doing a great job of understanding what it takes to run it.”
Betton’s quarterback this season, David Bigaouette, has needed several weeks of game reps to run Betton’s offense at peak effectiveness, with the junior working on how to read a defense, and determine whether to hand the ball off to a running back or keep it himself to try and make a play.
“We said at the beginning of the year that we need to be playing our best football in weeks six, seven, and eight,” Betton said. “We’ve made some mistakes that hurt our win total in weeks one through five and we just put it all together tonight.”
The work of the first five weeks paid off Friday night, as Shakopee (3-3, 1-3) turned in a dominant performance, putting up more than 400 yards of offense while staying true to the option running game in a 34-7 Homecoming victory over Stillwater at Shakopee West Junior High School.
Shakopee's aggressive defense was key in its 34-7 win against Stillwater on Friday night in Shakopee. Photo by Gary Mukai, SportsEngine
Shakopee junior quarterback David Bigaouette ran for 211 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Sabers to a 34-7 homecoming victory over Stillwater on Friday at Vaughan Field.
Bigaouette also completed two of five passes for 51 yards and an interception. Both completions took place on the Sabers’ (3-3, 1-3) first touchdown drive.
Ponies (2-4, 2-2) junior quarterback Casey Venske was the main offensive option for his team, completing eight of 32 passes for 95 yards and an interception. Senior running back Jacob Day added 35 yards on the ground.
Stillwater’s lone TD came on a 77-yard fumble recovery with 1:30 left on the clock.
Stillwater junior quarterback Casey Venske (3) attempts a pass against host Shakopee Friday night. Venske completed the game with 95 yards passing. Photo by Gary Mukai, SportsEngine
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