Sentinel vs. West

Missoula Sentinel running back Elias Dewaters is pushed out of bounds by Billings West defenders Cade Nelson (36) and Lucas Gibb (7). Dewaters carried 17 times for 69 yards in the game.


Class AA

• Senior wide receiver Jesse Owens, who has been offered a scholarship by Montana, scored on three long pass plays -- 61, 67 and 79 yards -- in the second half to help second-ranked Billings West to a 34-28 win over Missoula Sentinel in front of a large crowd at Missoula County Stadium. Owens finished with 10 catches for 248 yards and Demarcus Carr ran for 144 yards on 26 carries -- including an 80-yarder for a TD -- for West. 

• Quarterback Matt Plasterer through for two touchdowns and ran for a third as Billings Senior cruised to a 42-6 win over Missoula Hellgate in Billings. Pasterer opened the scoring in the second quarter with a 1-yard run and put the two-time defending state champion Broncs up 14-0 at halftime with an 11-yard scoring toss to Oran Nash-Bergen. He also threw a 35-yarder to Junior Bergen to close the scoring in the third quarter. Hellgate scored on the final play of the game.

Kris Brown threw three touchdown passes as top-ranked Bozeman scored the first 42 points en route to a 42-14 win at Missoula Big Sky. Brown tossed a 63-yarder to Ryan Lonergan, 26-yarder to Ryan Simpson and an 8-yarder to Luke Fedyk.

• Running back Kameron Moreno and quarterback Tommy Mellott combined for 251 rushing yards and four touchdowns as Butte downed Great Falls 28-14. Trailing late in the second quarter, Mellott hit wide receiver Quinn Sullivan for a 26-yard touchdown to tie the game at 14-all heading into the half. Sullivan finished with four catches for 79 yards. Butte added rushing touchdowns from Moreno and Mellott in the second half to give the Bulldogs a comfortable lead. Great Falls was held to just 139 total yards.

Blake Counts ran for 203 yards to bring his season total to more than 1,300 and pass former Kalispell Flathead standout Lex Hilliard for the school record as the Braves overpowered Great Falls CMR 38-9. Counts scored twice, on a 5-yard run and a 20-yard pass from Jaden MacNeil, who threw three TD passes -- two to Anthony Jones

• Sparked by Ty McGurran's school record-tying five touchdown passes — two to Zach Spiroff — No. 5 Helena bounced back from a tough loss to Bozeman with a 57-14 shellacking of winless Billings Skyview. the Bengals had 414 yards of total offense, 218 on the ground.

• After a back-and-forth contest for three quarters, host Kalispell Glacier scored three unanswered touchdowns to pull off a 35-21 decision over Helena Capital. 

Class A

Duncan Kraft scored the final three touchdowns of the game -- all on the ground -- as second-ranked Billings Central improved to 8-0 by rallying past Lewistown 49-18. The Golden Eagles led 18-7 in the second quarter when Kraft scored from a yard out. Soon after, his 20-yard TD run gave the Rams a 21-18 halftime lead. Kraft then added a 1-yarder in the third quarter for the final scoring. Mitchell Norslien's 13-yard scoring strike to Jacob Clinton had put Lewistown up by 11. It was Clinton's second TD reception, the second from Seth Norslien.

• Belgrade's Dyson Cheney threw two fourth-quarter touchdown passes to offset a three-TD performance by Glendive's Nelson Crisafulli as the Panthers rallied to defeat the Red Devils 28-21. Gabe Turnquist-Linn caught the game-winner after Tate Bowler brought Belgrade even after entering the fourth quarter down a touchdown.  

Cameron Muri's 4-yard TD pass to Carson Hunter in the fourth quarter proved to be the difference as Miles City edged Sidney 14-13. Sidney scored the game's final touchdown on a 4-yard run by Riley Waters -- his second TD of the game -- but the Eagles' two-point conversation was stopped to preserve the Cowboys' win.

• Butte Central's Clay Fisher had touchdown runs of 91 and 89 yards, Cade Holter threw four touchdowns, and the Maroons kept their playoff hopes alive with a 54-14 win over Stevensville at Montana Tech. 

Justus Peterson threw for three scores and ran for another as Dillon overcame an early 12-point deficit to down Corvallis 39-18. Zane Johnson scored twice for the Beavers, on a 6-yard pass from Peterson and a 73-yard kick return. Corvallis took a 12-0 lead in the first quarter on runs of 6 and 57 yards by Hunter Pinheiro. The game was tied 12-12 at halftime.

Class B

Nick Mitzell rushed for 152 yards and Ryan Tirrell gained 124 as No. 5 Missoula Loyola won at No. 1 Bigfork 26-21. Mitzell, who also threw for 88 yards, had one TD passing and one rushing. Tirrell scored on a 3-yard run in the fourth quarter to put Loyola (7-1) up 26-14. Bigfork (6-1) received 108 rushing yards from Randy Stultz and 214 passing yards from Anders Epperly. He had TD throws of 66 and 28 yards to Luke Schmit. Loyola wound up with 416 yards of offense and Bigfork compiled 335.

Jake Kindel ran for three touchdowns and Hank Dunn threw for two as two-time defending state champion Eureka had little trouble with Deer Lodge in a 45-12 win. Kindel' scored from 2, 14 and 16 yards out. Dunn's passes went to Austin Callendar for 75 yards and Gunnar Smith for 28. Deer Lodge's first score was on a 93-yard kickoff return by Greydon Nicholson, who scored the Wardens' other TD on a 58-yard pass from Judd Applegate.

Eli Christiansen ran for two scores as eighth-ranked Florence (6-2) rolled to a 42-point halftime margin and toppled Thompson Falls 49-6. Christiansen's runs came from 30 and 26 yards out. Kicker Gavin Zaluski was 7-for-7 on extra points for the Falcons.

• Junior running back Asher Croy rushed for four touchdowns as No. 9 Huntley Project triumphed at Shepherd 43-6. The Red Devils (5-2) received scoring bursts of 4, 34, 5 and 7 yards from Croy. Teammate Chris Kistler scored on a 62-yard run and also hauled in an 8-yard scoring pass from Rylan DeVries.

• Jesse Lee scored the game’s only touchdown on a 3-yard run, and Glasgow defeated Baker 6-0. Glasgow rushed for 242 yards and held Baker to minus-1 yard on the ground. Baker did have 60 passing yards.

Nakoda Siegel threw for two touchdowns and ran for the third as No. 6 Colstrip topped No. 4 Big Timber 21-20 in a clash of class heavyweights. Siegel threw a 25-yarder to Jackson Currier to open the scoring and ran for what proved to be the game-winner from 19 yards out. Big Timber pulled within one on a 14-yard pass from Kell Schwers to Casey Gunlikson, but a two-point pass for the win was unsuccessful.  

Brody Grebe scored three touchdowns and passed for two more to lead No. 3 Roundup to a 54-27 win over Red Lodge. Grebe had rushing TDs of 2, 7 and 19 yards and tossed scoring strikes of 36 yards to Gunner Gray and 41 yards to Tanner Rae. Finnegan Davis had back-to-back 2-yard scoring runs for Red Lodge in the second quarter. 


Caiden Smerker passed for two touchdowns and ran for two more as Simms won at home over Box Elder 68-28 in 8-Man competition. Smerker finished with 109 yards passing and 130 rushing. Teammate Gavin Leach rushed for 139 yards and scored a TD. Simms ended up with 558 yards of offense. 

Lane Johnson, Colt Crawford and Chase Gardner scored two touchdowns apiece to lift Arlee to a 60-14 rout of Victor. Johnson had a 20-yard pass reception and 42-yard interception return. Gardner had a 25-yard reception and 68-yard punt return. Both of Crawford's TDs came on short runs. Skylar Webberson scored both of Victor's touchdowns, on 24- and 36-yard passes from JD Kay.

Wyatt Brusven scored Shelby's first three touchdowns on runs of 2, 6 and 9 yards to lead the No. 2 Coyotes (7-0) to a 34-0 whitewashing of No. 4 and previously unbeaten Great Falls Central (7-1). Brusven also kicked four extra points.

Alex Schriver threw for four touchdowns and ran for another as No. Fairview (8-0) blew to a 70-point first half and had four safeties in rolling past Forsyth 82-12. Schriver opened the scoring with a 25-yard run, threw two touchdowns to Braiden Taylor (28 and 33 yards) and tossed TD strikes to Jesse Selting (46) and Paul Hardy (12). 

Brayden Oberg's 4-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter was the difference as Ennis rallied past Twin Bridges in a renewed rivalry game. Jake Hughes' touchdown runs of 3, 75 and 62 yards in the first quarter had given Twin Bridges a 20-8 lead, but the Mustangs pitched a shutout in the final three quarters. Oberg's game-winner was his second TD of the night. It was the first meeting in three years between schools that are 43 miles apart.

• No. 5-ranked Joliet ran its season record to 8-0 with a 32-15 8-Man victory at Park City. Justin Harris rushed for two touchdowns for the J-Hawks. Caleb Bailey caught a 22-yard scoring pass from Rylan Olson and also returned a interception 26 yards for another TD for the victors. Joliet led 16-15 at halftime, but outscored Park City 16-0 in the second half.

• On the night Darby paid tribute to deceased teammate Jake "Sunshine" Sanders, the Tigers had an intrasquad scrimmage after Charlo (6-2) was forced to forfeit due to ineligible players. Sanders passed away from non-Hodgkin’s T-cell lymphoma. If No. 6 Charlo is forced to forfeit the remainder of its games, Darby could be the No. 4 seed out of the Western C if it beats St. Ignatius next Friday.

Trey Green scored six touchdowns and Bryan Mask threw for four as No. 9 Alberton-Superior (6-2) was unstoppable in a 76-34 win over Plains. All of Green's TDs were on the ground and all of Mask's came through the air, two to Isaiah Kovalsky. Quarterback Treydon Brouillette scored four touchdowns for Plains.

Colby Manley scored four touchdowns and Kade Cutler threw for three and ran for another as top-ranked Drummond-Philipsburg shrugged off an early challenge from St. Ignatius for a 68-24 win. The Titans led 30-18 after one quarter before pulling away with the final 38 points. Manley scored three TDs rushing and his fourth on an interception return. Kolten Guardipee threw three touchdown passes for St. Ignatius.


Caleb Fix ran for 285 yards and four touchdowns on Senior Night to power Ekalaka to a 54-22 rout of Center-Stanton (N.D.).

Ryan Russell scored three touchdowns and Bryer Shultz caught the game-winning 16-yard TD pass from Tyler Fordyce in the fourth quarter as Roy-Winifred rallied past No. 8 Bridger 42-37. Russell's TDs came on runs of 4 and 2 yards and a 5-yard pass from Fordyce.  

Mac Hauck threw six touchdown passes -- four to Sammy Coffin -- and Miguel Salinas scored five as West Yellowstone won an 82-72 shootout over Noxon. Coffin's 'catches were from 31, 20, 20 and 45 yards. Salinas ran for four and caught one of Hauck's scoring tosses. Levi Brubaker answered with six touchdowns for Noxon, all on the ground, and passed for another. His rushing scores came from 9, 38, 2, 5, 20 and 50 yards. 


• Karli Steiner had 15 kills and 13 digs and Anika Kotter had four blocks as No. 3 Billings Senior defeated Great Falls 23-25, 25-17, 25-21, 25-19 in an Eastern AA match. Kotter and Carlyn Whitney added nine kills each, and Tavy Findon finished with six kills, 32 assists and three aces. Five Broncs had double-figures in digs, led by Hallie George’s 17 and Haddy Slade’s 14. Kira Kristjanson had six of the Broncs’ 14 aces.

• Emma Field had nine kills and Brittney Tierney 23 digs as Butte defeated Billings Skyview 26-24, 25-20, 25-22 in an Eastern AA match. Brooke McGrath had eight kills, 16 assists and three aces for the Bulldogs. Bella Bryan had an all-around match of six kills, seven assists, 12 digs and three blocks for the Falcons.

Sydney VonBergen finished with eight kills and 17 digs as Denton-Geyser-Stanford swept visiting Harlowton 25-11, 26-24, 26-24 in a Class C match. D-G-S also received 12 assists and 16 digs from Mariah Schott. Harlowton's Mesa Butler came away with seven kills and three blocks. Teammate Taylee Bornong chipped in with 11 assists and 16 digs.

• Kya Egan had 11 kills and 14 digs to help Colstrip sweep St. Labre 25-22, 25-8, 25-21 in Class B play. Abby Dudley had 16 assists for the Fillies, who also had 10 aces. Priscilla Flatmouth finished with seven kills and Madison Bighorn had five blocks for St. Labre. 

• Brenna Osksa had a double-double of 12 kills and 13 assists to help Plentywood sweep Bainville 25-17, 25-12, 25-17 in Class C action. Osksa also had eight digs, as did Mikayla Stevens. Brynn Fawcett had four aces, and Megan Marriage had 18 assists and four aces. 

• Broadus had 23 aces in a 25-11, 26-24, 25-21 Class C win over Jordan. Kylee Drane led the way with 12 aces, and Kiarah Coulter added 15 kills and 10 digs for the Hawks.

Ellie Meeks contributed 10 kills, 23 digs and three aces as Geraldine-Highwood won at Centerville 25-15, 25-23, 28-26 in Class C play. Emily Lindgren notched seven kills and seven blocks for Centerville. Hailey Christian registered a double-double of 17 assists and 16 digs.

Katy Parker's 14 kills and six aces helped Belfry outfight visiting Plenty Coups 21-25, 18-25, 25-22, 25-20, 18-16 in a Class C match. Regina Fisher and Kenzie Herden had 14 digs apiece. Plenty Coups was led by the six kills of Chamique Not Afraid and the 14 digs of Sylvie Stewart.

Boys Soccer

• Billings Senior clinched a berth into the Class AA state tournament with a 4-0 win over Great Falls CMR. Sam George scored twice, Caleb Borgstrom had a goal and an assist, and Justen Unrein also scored to help the Broncs move to 6-2-3, tied at 21 points for second place in the Eastern AA with Billings West. The Broncs, though, have a match against Great Falls Saturday, while West’s season is done. Senior defeated West twice this season and holds the tiebreaker over the Golden Bears, thus the Broncs earn the No. 2 seed behind Bozeman.

Girls Soccer

• Great Falls CMR scored all of its goals in the second half to defeat Billings Senior 3-1 in Eastern AA action. Blair Stapleton, on an assist from Lily Frye, gave the Broncs a 1-0 lead by halftime. But Hayley Cochran scored twice after the break and Brynn Klinefelter also scored to give the Bison the win. 

• Jordan Roe scored three goals and assisted on three others and Ashlyn Braun had two goals and an assist as Billings Skyview remained undefeated with a 9-0 win over Great Falls. Halle Labert scored a goal and had two assists, and Kayla Mader, Aspen Peterson and Sydney Rollins also scored for the Falcons, who improved to 11-0-0.


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