Miles City visits Laurel

Miles City's Aidan Barrows barrels into a crowd of Laurel defenders Friday at the Laurel Sports Complex. The Cowboys improved to 3-0 with a 21-16 win.


Class AA

• Josh Erbacher threw touchdown passes to four different receivers and Michael DeLeon rushed for two touchdowns as No. 1 Billings West defeated Billings Skyview 40-3. Erbacher, who threw for 249 yards, connected with Neil Daily (7 yards), Connor Ryan (56 yards), Hunter Morse (4 yards) and Taco Dowler (27) for scores. DeLeon had TD runs of 10 yards and 2 yards for the defending champion Golden Bears (3-0). Jackson Willems hit a 20-yard field goal for Skyview (0-3).

• Senior quarterback Rollie Worster passed for a touchdown, ran for two more scores, and took an interception to the house as the Missoula Hellgate Knights improved to 2-0 for the first time in 24 years by defeating crosstown rival Missoula Big Sky 35-21 at Missoula County Stadium. Worster had 121 yards rushing and teammate Jake Sweatland had 122. Big Sky quarterback Draven Lincoln had 296 yards passing, including 149 on eight catches to Ben Maehl.

Bridger Grovom was 19-of-25 passing for 237 yards and three touchdowns to lead No. 3 Helena Capital to a 48-33 win over Kalispell Glacier, the Bruins' first victory over the Wolfpack since 2011. Running back Kadyn Craigle backed Grovom with 170 yards and three TDs rushing. 

Dayton Bay threw four touchdown passes, two to TJ Rausch, and ran for a fifth as No. 4 Missoula Sentinel pummeled Kalispell Flathead 42-0. Cam Dirnberger was 6-for-6 on extra points. Rausch's receptions came from 26 and 24 yards out, and Jaxon Lee took a 59-yard strike from Bay.

Tommy Mellott ran for three touchdowns and passed for two as No. 2 Butte improved to 3-0 with a 35-27 win over previously unbeaten Helena at Naranche Stadium in Butte. Mellott's 6-yard scoring toss to Jake Olson gave the Bulldogs a 14-0 lead in the second quarter and his 2-yard run in the fourth quarter put Butte up 35-20 before Kaden Huot's 15-yard run brought the Bengals within a TD and two-point conversion. Huot threw for 247 yards. Kameron Moreno, who had 36 carries for 165 yards, gave Butte an early 7-0 lead.

Kenneth Eiden caught two TD passes and ran for a third to lead Bozeman to a 34-19 win over Billings Senior in the Hawks' final game at their old stadium. Eiden's first score came on a 1-yard run and then he followed up with passes of 72 and 21 yards, both from Jake D'Agostino -- who ran for the Hawks' first score. Asher Croy ran for 214 yards and Carter Ash had three interceptions for Bozeman, which has a new turf field near to Van Winkle Stadium. Oren Nash-Bergen and Junior Bergen caught scoring passes for Senior.

Class A

• On Thursday, in a game moved up a day because of a shortage of referees, top-ranked Hamilton steamrolled to a 55-0 home win over Stevensville. Seven players scored for the Broncs (3-0) and Tucker Jones was a standout on defense, according to coach Bryce Carver. "We played a complete game from the opening kickoff until the end," Carver told "Our young kids got a lot of playing time in the second half. It was a complete team win."

• Miles City ran out to a 21-0 halftime lead and held off a late Laurel rally, winning the Eastern A game 21-16 over the third-ranked Locomotives. Cowboys junior quarterback Carson Hunter rushed for a touchdown and completed another to senior Jess Bellows, and senior lineman Tyler Harms blocked a punt and recovered it in the end zone. Junior quarterback Eli Aby rushed for a TD and connected with senior Keagan Campbell for the Locomotives’ final score.

Justus Peterson threw for two touchdowns, ran for two more and had 284 total yards as Dillon had little trouble with Butte Central, 33-7. Thomas McGree scored Central's only TD on a 2-yard run on the Maroons' opening drive.

• Fourth-ranked Frenchtown avenged last year's five-point playoff loss to Corvallis with a 31-3 rout. Cade Baker threw for two touchdowns to Jace Klucewich and ran for a third for the Broncs. Ben Larson's 65-yard kick return accounted for Frenchtown's other score.

• Billings Central quarterback Marcus Wittman completed three passes, two for touchdowns, in the Rams' 35-0 Eastern A win over Sidney. Wittman had a 4-yard scoring toss to Charlie Pakran and a 47-yard score to Regan Lafontaine. Eight different players carried the ball for No. 2-ranked Billings Central with Jaqwann Brackenridge and Derek Damjanovich each running for scores. Braclenridge also scored on a punt return. Damjanovich had seven tackles and blocked two punts on defense. Michael Hayden also had seven tackles. Thomas Hubbard picked off two passes and Dane McCalla had the other interception. Mason Yochum and Demarcus Johnson each had two tackles for loss.

Class B

• Second-ranked Eureka posted a 43-6 win over Deer Lodge as Hank Dunn threw for two touchdowns, ran for a touchdown, passed for two 2-point conversions and kicked three extra points. Chet McCully ran for two scores for the Lions, from 3 and 5 yards out.

• Fourth-ranked Missoula Loyola jumped on previously unbeaten Whitehall early and cruised to a 47-25 win at Rollin Field in Missoula. Nolan Iverson finished with 198 rushing yards on 28 carries. Quarterback Nick Mitzel rushed 15 time for 109 yards and completed 13 of 23 passes for 188 yards. Loyola moved to 2-1 with third-ranked Manhattan coming to town next week.

• Quarterback Alec Boland tossed three touchdown passes to Loden Idler as Glasgow defeated Baker 32-6. The scoring passes to Idler covered 39, 45 and 46 yards. Boland finished with 177 yards passing. Idler had 130 yards receiving. 

• Ryan DeVries' 1-yard run in the second overtime -- his third TD of the game -- gave Huntley Project a hard-fought 18-12 win over arch-rival Shepherd. All three of DeVries' scores were from a yard out. The game was tied 6-6 at halftime and neither team scored in the second half. Mason Faulk had a 45-yard run in the first quarter and Chase Schact a 15-yarder in the first overtime for the Mustangs' two scores.

Cash Salsbery had TD runs of 35 and 2 yards and six different players scored for Malta in a 50-19 romp over Conrad. The Mustangs led 34-3 at halftime and 50-3 entering the final quarter. Caden Huntsinger threw for the Cowboys' first TD and ran 43 for the second.

Lane Veltkamp ran for three touchdowns and passed for two in No. 3 Manhattan's 47-0 blanking of Three Forks. The Tigers led 35-0 at halftime.


Shane Girres and Jackson Malsam rushed for 109 yards apiece as undefeated and fourth-ranked Great Falls Central triumphed over Cascade 49-8. Girres ran for two scores, passed for another, and also returned a kickoff for a TD. Great Falls Central tallied 42 first-quarter points.  

Kyler Crabtree scored four touchdowns, including all three fourth quarter TDs, to lead Choteau over Chester-Joplin-Inverness 46-24 after holding a two-point lead after three quarters. Kyle Harmon's third touchdown of the game, a 25-yarder to Lane Fisher near the end of the third quarter, brought C-J-I within 26-24. 

Turner Tooke ran for three touchdowns and Shane Enos dashed for two more as Ekalaka raced past Culbertson 52-14. Tooke's scoring runs went for 7, 9 and 54 yards. Enos hit paydirt from 38 and 9 yards out. Ekalaka led 32-8 by halftime. Gabe Granada managed a 52-yard TD run for Culbertson.

Bryan Mask threw six TD passes -- two each to Jake Calloway and Kyler Francis -- and No. 3 Alberton-Superior ran away from Thompson Falls 56-38. Mask's scoring tosses went for 5, 13, 13, 25, 17 and 21 yards. Thompson Falls kept it interesting with Trey Fisher rushing for three scores and passing for two more.  

Cody Asbeck and Josh Herron each scored two touchdowns in the first quarter as top-ranked Fairview built a 52-point lead and coasted to a 66-0 rout of Lodge Grass. Asbeck scored from 3 and 4 yards out and Herron's were both on passes, one from Alex Schriver and the other from Kanyon Taylor. Schriver also ran for a score.

Bryce Nye, Nate Konen and Trystan Harmon all rushed for over 100 yards and accounted for six touchdowns in Twin Bridges' 54-20 victory over Absarokee. Nye gained 134 yards on the ground, followed by Konen (119) and Harmon (107). Harmon ran for four TDs. Absarokee's Zacc Degele and Colton Young hooked up on two touchdown passes. Degele also ran for a score.


• Third-ranked Hot Springs earned a hard-fought home win over No. 9 Shields Valley in a duel of powerhouse teams, 25-13. Shields Valley (2-1) went up in the first quarter but the Savage Heat (3-0) reeled off four straight scores before halftime, taking a 25-7 lead into intermission. The backbreaker came on the final play of the first half when Kyle Lawson caught a 9-yard TD pass for the hosts. "It was a good match-up and a playoff atmosphere here tonight," Hot Springs coach Jim Lawson said. "Two teams going back and forth with a lot of speed on the field. We made some defensive adjustments after their first drive and that helped us out quite a bit."

• Senior Tayt Hansen rushed for two touchdowns, passed for one and returned a kickoff 55 yards for another as Harlowton won over visiting Valley Christian 39-0. Teammate Ryan Fenley was on the receiving end of Hansen's scoring strike and also returned a punt 29 yards for a TD. 

Ian Moline ran for two touchdowns and Ian Schabarker tossed two scoring passes as Geraldine-Highwood outfought Sunburst 34-32. Moline scored on runs of 9 and 6 yards. Schabarker's TD passes covered 9 and 6 yards to Orrin Harris and Bryce Birgenheir. The play between Schabarker and Birgenheir proved to be the game-winner.

Edward Murnion scored six touchdowns -- three receiving from cousin Keenan Murnion, two running -- to lead No. 10 Jordan to a 43-0 romp over Denton-Geyser-Stanford. 


Class A

• Madeline McCrea topped all players with 10 kills and added two blocks as Ronan held off Browning, 25-27, 25-23, 25-23, 25-18. Hannah Rowe had 16 of the Chiefs' 18 assists. Dulci Skunkcap had eight kills, 16 digs and two blocks for Browning.

Class B

Jacklyn Balfourd led with 12 kills and Sarah Hopcroft had 11 kills and five aces as Florence rallied for a 20-25, 23-25, 25-8, 25-11, 15-12 marathon win over Eureka. Maggie Graves had 10 kills and Avory Escobar pitched in with all 30 of Eureka's assists.

Class C

Alexis Cannon led with 10 kills, seven digs and two blocks as Lincoln fended off Alberton-Superior, 18-25, 25-17, 25-17, 25-22. Sorren Reese had seven kills and a blocks for Clark Fork. 

Whitney Kittelmann supplied 11 assists and seven aces in helping lead Ekalaka to a 25-19, 25-15, 25-16 sweep of visiting Terry. Gracie Tooke and Heather LaBree chipped in with six kills apiece. 

Shelbie Jackson had nine kills, seven assists and five digs to power Cascade over Dutton-Brady 25-6, 25-11, 25-12. MacKaela Pulver had both of Dutton-Bradys kills and its only block.

Kimberly Bear had 19 of Roberts' 28 kills and Emma DeVries provided 14 digs and six aces in the Rockets' 25-14, 25-11, 25-10 sweep of Fromberg, which got three kills and three assists from Jaycie Lowery.

Olivia Isaksan topped all players with 16 kills and Rylee Shalz chipped in with 26 assists and nine aces to lead Augusta past Sunburst, 21-25, 25-10, 25-14, 15-8. Jeena Albuano's six kills led the Refiners.

Aleena Bacon led with 12 of Harrison's 18 assists as the Wildcats outlasted Twin Bridges 27-25, 23-25, 9-25, 25-10, 15-12. Callie Kaiser had eight kills for the Falcons.

Jaydyn Erickson had six kills and 10 assists, and Danika Soper added seven digs and eight aces to lead Saco-Whitewater-Hinsdale over Bainville, 25-18, 25-7, 25-13.

• In another marathon match, Josie Thomas was everywhere with 11 kills, 16 assists and four aces to give Gardiner a 25-16, 22-25, 25-19, 23-15, 15-3 victory over Lone Peak.

Emily Adkins had 10 kills, 12 assists and four aces, and Jenna Kallevig contributed eight kills and five digs as Bridger rolled over Custer-Hysham 25-15, 25-13, 25-12. 

Janessa Willekes led with 13 kills, and Taylee Sawyer had 14 assists and two blocks for Simms in a 25-12, 25-23, 25-19 sweep of Power, which had three kills from Veronica Smelser.

Delaney Kellam contributed 11 kills, Ginger Hauer 31 assists and Jayden Miller 24 digs for Chinook in outlasting North Star 25-13, 25-18, 18-25, 22-25, 15-11. Shayla Borlaug had 11 kills and 16 digs for North Star.

Marni Schieffer had eight  kills and Layni Schieffer added 52 assists and five aces to lead Wibaux to a 25-9, 25-13, 25-21 sweep of Broadus. Oliveah Schaffer had four kills and two blocks for Broadus.

McKenzie Clark and Nicole Axtman led with seven kills each, and Clark had 12 aces as Fort Benton rolled past Centerville 25-5, 25-8, 25-13. McKenna Hanford had 14 assists for the Longhorns. 



Class A

• Billings Central’s Felipe Gnecco connected in the second half on an assist from Matheus Penha as the Rams edged Polson 1-0.


Class AA

• McKenna Morris’s late goal – her second of the match – spelled the difference in Belgrade’s 3-2 win over Billings Senior. Belgrade took a 2-0 lead on goals by Morris and Dalani Brayton before the Broncs used a second-half penalty kick and a goal by Tatum Egan to make it 2-2. But Morris scored with under five minutes to play and that became the match-winner for the Panthers, who improved to 2-1-0 in their first season in AA.

Class A

Mya Maack scored a hat trick and assisted on a fourth goal to lift Laurel to a 5-0 whitewashing of Whitefish. Maack scored the second, fourth and fifth goals, and assisted on Gracey Willis' connection for a 3-0 lead. Maeson Cotter opened the scoring for the Locomotives.

Solei Elletson scored twice and Ava Debourg added two assists for Billings Central, which scored six first-half goals in a 7-0 romp over Polson.


• Laurel easily swept the team titles at the Sidney Invitational. The Locomotive boys, with three players in the top five and four in the top eight, won by 21 strokes over Billings Central. Laurel led by the 2-4-5 finish of Nick Pasquarello, Carson Hackman and Kade Ewalt, finished with 313 while the Rams had 334. Jake Henderson of Lewistown took medalist honors with a 73, one stroke better than Pasquarello. The Laurel girls placed 3-4-5-8-9 to win by 45 strokes over Sidney. The Locomotives had 342 and the Eagles 387. Ashtyn Swigart of Miles City earned medalist honors with a 73, six strokes better than Kyra Brochaushen of Billings Central. Hannah Adams, Haylee Adams and Madi Cooney were 3-4-5 for Laurel.

Macee Greenwood shot an 18-hole medalist score of 70 in leading the Corvallis girls to a victory in the five-team Libby Invitational at Cabinet View Golf Course. Frenchtown won the eight-team boys race behind Colby Emmons' fourth-place score of 81. Cameron Kahle of Whitefish was medalist with a round of 70.

Cross Country

Wilson Overby and Lauren Padden, both of Glasgow, were the individual winners at the Glendive Invitational. Overby raced through the 5K course in 16:48.26. Padden prevailed in 22:37.16. No team scores were available, but Glendive placed four girls in the top 10. On the boys side, Glasgow had five finishers in the top 10.

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