Laurel steamrolls Central

Laurel's Ethan Renner receives a pitch from Eli Aby during their game against Billings Central on Friday at Herb Klindt Field.

Upsets rearranged the 406mtsports.com high school football rankings.

Laurel’s 33-0 win over Billings Central on Friday might lose its upset status as the season progresses. But it was a surprise last week — the defending Class A state champion Rams were ranked No. 1 at the time and got crushed by a then-unranked team that had lost its previous 19 games to Central.

The Locomotives (4-1) are now No. 4 in the Class A rankings, while the Rams (4-1) dropped out. Miles City (5-0), the team responsible for Laurel’s lone loss, moved up two spots to No. 1. Dillon (5-1), now No. 2, also moved up two spots and dropped Southwestern A foe Hamilton (5-1) one spot to No. 3.

Libby (6-0) joined the Class A rankings for the first time this season, replacing previous No. 5 Frenchtown (5-1). The Loggers will play at Dillon, at Hamilton and will host Frenchtown, respectively, the next three weeks.

In Class AA, Billings West (5-0) stayed at No. 1 and Butte (6-0) remained No. 2, but the other three spots changed. No. 3 Missoula Sentinel and No. 4 Bozeman (5-1) each moved up one spot, and Helena Capital (4-2) rejoined the rankings thanks to a loss from its crosstown rival. Helena (4-2), previously ranked No. 3, lost 13-9 Friday to Kalispell Flathead, which was winless going into the game.

Class B mostly stayed stagnant, but Glasgow’s 25-22 loss to Colstrip (2-3) on Friday caused a few changes. Glasgow (4-1) fell from No. 5 to No. 10, and rival Malta (5-0) moved up four spots to No. 5. Huntley Project (4-2) went from unranked to No. 9.

This Friday, Glasgow will host Malta, No. 2 Eureka (5-0) will host No. 6 Missoula Loyola (4-2) and No. 3 Red Lodge (6-0) will play at No. 8 Florence (4-2).

The 8-Man rankings didn’t change below the top seven. Park City (5-1) jumped into the rankings at No. 8 and knocked out defending state champion and previous No. 10 Drummond-Philipsburg (4-2).

No. 3 Fort Benton (6-0) will host No. 9 Shelby (5-1) on Friday.

Every top-10 team in the 6-Man rankings stayed put, but that will likely change this week. No. 1 Wibaux (6-0) will host No. 5 Jordan (5-1) on Saturday in a rematch of last season’s state title game, and No. 4 Power-Dutton-Brady (5-0) will travel to No. 10 Geraldine-Highwood (3-2) the same day.

Class AA

1. Billings West (5-0)

2. Butte (6-0)

3. Missoula Sentinel (5-1) (+1)

4. Bozeman (5-1) (+1)

5. Helena Capital (4-2) (Not ranked last week)

Class A

1. Miles City (5-0) (+2)

2. Dillon (5-1) (+2)

3. Hamilton (5-1) (-1)

4. Laurel (4-1) (Not ranked last week)

5. Libby (6-0) (Not ranked last week)

Class B

1. Fairfield (5-0)

2. Eureka (5-0)

3. Red Lodge (6-0)

4. Manhattan (5-0)

5. Malta (5-0) (+4)

6. Missoula Loyola (4-2)

7. Townsend (5-1)

8. Florence (4-2)

9. Huntley Project (4-2) (Not ranked last week)

10. Glasgow (4-1) (-5)

8-Man

1. Fairview (6-0)

2. Clark Fork/Alberton-Superior (6-0)

3. Fort Benton (6-0)

4. West Yellowstone (6-0)

5. Centerville (5-1)

6. Thompson Falls (5-1)

7. Great Falls Central (5-1)

8. Park City (5-1) (Not ranked last week)

9. Shelby (5-1) (-1)

10. Scobey (5-1) (-1)

6-Man

1. Wibaux (6-0)

2. Big Sandy (6-0)

3. Hot Springs (6-0)

4. Power-Dutton-Brady (5-0)

5. Jordan (5-1)

6. Richey-Lambert (4-2)

7. Westby-Grenora (4-2)

8. White Sulphur Springs (4-2)

9. Shields Valley (5-1)

10. Geraldine-Highwood (3-2)

406mtsports.com's Victor Flores, Jordan Hansen and Chris Peterson contributed to this week's rankings. 

Disagree with the rankings, or have a question? Email Victor at victor.flores@406mtsports.com.

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