The Homestake Trophy isn’t coming back to Butte.
Hawks quarterback Kris Brown threw six touchdowns as Bozeman pulled away from Butte in the second half at Van Winkle Stadium, winning 48-16. The Bulldogs won in Butte last season.
Bozeman struck first, scoring on a 1-yard Joe Olson run. Butte responded with a 38-yard field goal from Treyvn Roth, but in what would become a theme, the Hawks didn’t allow the Bulldogs any momentum and Brown scored his first touchdown several plays later.
“Credit to them, whenever we had a chance to cut the lead, they responded, that’s what good teams do,” Butte head coach Arie Grey said over phone after the game. “We have to do a better job getting stops. Once we get all three phases of the game going, we can get rolling.”
The teams traded touchdowns in the second quarter, as Josh Neil scored on an 80-yard run for Butte, followed by a 26-yard Bozeman pass from Brown to McCade O’Reilly.
Grey felt Butte left some points on the board in the first half, dramatically altering the game. The Hawks led by 12 points at half, though Tommy Mellott drew the game close with a 47-yard run early in the third quarter.
O’Reilly caught another pass from Brown for a 55-yard score just under two minutes of game time later and the Hawks would add three more scores before the end of the game.
Ryan Lonergan caught two of those, while Ryan Simpson had the other.
Bozeman stays undefeated at 4-0 while Butte moves to 1-3. The Bulldogs host Missoula Sentinel next week while the Hawks travel to Billings to take on Senior.
“We played hard and played physical and we just have to play a little smarter,” Grey said. “Tomorrow we’ll go and get a good run and lift, watch some film, and we’ll get an opportunity to get better.”