HAMILTON — Eli Aby cradled the football in his right arm against his chest as he approached the 50-yard line Saturday.

The Laurel quarterback, who had made sure to hold the ball tightly during a game-sealing drive and victory-formation snap, switched the ball to his left hand and raised his arms toward the sky in triumph. He high-fived and hugged running back Beau Dantic, each one patting the other on the helmet as the celebration began.

Frank Gogola covers Griz football and prep sports for the Missoulian. Follow him on Twitter @FrankGogola or email him at frank.gogola@missoulian.com.

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