BUTTE, Mont. — They played for rival high schools, teamed up at the community college level and are on opposing sides once again.
On Saturday, College of Idaho quarterback Teejay Gordon and Montana Tech linebacker Eddie Smith reunited at Alumni Coliseum, although they hardly crossed paths between the lines. Smith’s Orediggers (3-1 Frontier Conference, 3-1 overall) prevailed 29-21 and move up three spots to No. 18 in the NAIA coaches’ top-25 poll. They outscored the Yotes (1-3, 1-4) 10-0 for the victory.
Gordon, an 2011 East Union graduate, was held to 167 yards and no touchdowns against one interception on 16-of-32 passing. Also C of I’s leading rusher for the season, Gordon was limited to just five yards on four attempts. Three of the team’s four losses have come by eight or less points.
In five games this year, Gordon has completed 56.9 percent of his 130 passes for 1,007 yards, six touchdowns and four interceptions while rushing for 257 yards and a TD. The senior set school records last year with 139 completions, 242 attempts and 1,728 yards. He’s also the Modesto Junior College career record holder for passing yards.
Smith (Manteca, Class of 2013) joined Gordon on the 2013 MJC squad that featured several of the area’s top alumni, including Sierra star running back Anthony Cota and Ripon tight end Jake McCreath, who is now at Oregon. Smith did not play in Saturday’s contest against College of Idaho. His only tackle of the season came against then-No. 4 ranked Carroll College in a 19-10 upset win on Sept. 12.
Montana Tech is idle this week and next faces Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Mont. on Oct. 10, while C of I will look to rebound against Montana State Northern.