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Top-ranked Drummond-Philipsburg's Avery Metesh goes up for a catch against Victor in an 8-Man game Friday night.

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Roundup of high school football scores from the fifth week of the season September 24, 2021.

Class AA

No. 2 Billings West 48, Belgrade 3: Isaiah Claunch threw three touchdown passes — two to Caden Dowler — and ran for two more as the Golden Bears (4-1) surrendered the first three points before roaring back with 41 in the first half in a rout of the Panthers. Claunch's run covered 2 and 3 yards and his connections with Dowler went for 66 and 36. He also hit Riley Bergeson for a score. Nick Gawarkiewicz's 34-yard field goal opened the scoring for Belgrade (0-5).

No. 4 Kalispell Glacier 21, Helena Capital 7: Jake Rendina ran for two touchdowns in the third quarter to snap a 7-all halftime tie as the Wolfpack (4-1) fended off the Bruins (3-2). Rendina's first score covered 11 yards and he followed up with a 9-yarder that concluded the scoring. Glacier scored first on a 59-yard pass from Gage Sliter to Connor Sullivan in the first quarter, but Capital knotted the game on a run from Tuff Adams

No. 3 Butte 24, Missoula Big Sky 0: Jace Stenson threw touchdown passes of 20 yards to Jonas Sherman and 65 to Dylan Snyder, and Casey Kautzman put the icing on the win with a school-record 51-yard fourth-quarter field goal as the Bulldogs (4-1) shut down the Eagles (1-4). Kenley Leary's 1-yard run completed the scoring for Butte. 

Great Falls 27, Bozeman Gallatin 22: Rafe Longin took a kickoff back for a touchdown and also scored on an 8-yard run as the Bison (1-4) earned their first victory of the season by holding off a fourth-quarter Raptors (2-3) rally. Reed Harris scored from 8 yards out in the first quarter and Ryan Krahe had a 9-yard TD run as Great Falls built a 27-7 lead after three quarters. Gallatin made it interesting on when Garrett Dahlke and Michael Armstrong caught back-to-back touchdown passes. Dahlke also had a 3-yard TD run in the second quarter.  

No. 1 Missoula Sentinel 27, No. 5 Helena 6: Adam Jones ran for three touchdowns, Zac Crews threw a touchdown pass and ran for another, and the defending state champion Spartans (4-0) flexed their muscle in a dominant win over the Bengals (3-2) that gave coach Dane Oliver his 60th career victory — a program best. After Crews hit Drew Klumph on a 61-yard scoring strike to tie it 6-6 in the second quarter and then scored on a 29-yard run for a 13-6 halftime lead, Jones scored from 26, 5 and 5 yards to put away the game. Sentinel held Helena to two first-quarter field goals by Coil Porter from 25 and 30 yards.

Great Falls CMR 36, Billings Senior 12: Cole Taylor tossed three fourth-quarter touchdown passes to break open a tight game and Trey Mans kicked three field goals as the Rustlers (4-1) stifled the Broncs (3-2). Mans kicked a 26-yard field goal and Taylor connected with Raef Newbrough from 51 yards to give CMR a 22-12 lead. Taylor's 4-yard pass to Jackson Simonson sealed it and a 2-yarder to AJ LaFurge provided insurance. Senior scored both of its TDs on blocked punts.

Class A

• Miles City 40, Havre 0: Dalton Polesky passed for two touchdowns and ran for a third, all in the first half, as the Cowboys (3-1) trounced the Blue Ponies (2-3) on the road. Polesky's rush was from 3 yards out and he also found Jackson Whicker and Aidan Cline, the latter from 35 yards. Shane Rickett and Ben Glasscock also scored for Miles City. 

Dillon 27, Frenchtown 21: Kee Christiansen tossed two touchdown passes and ran for the game-winner from 2 yards out in the fourth quarter as the Beavers (3-2) slipped past the Broncs (2-3). Dillon trailed 21-19 when Christiansen scored and then hit Connor Curnow on the two-point conversion. Kale Konen scored twice for the Beavers, first on a 3-yard run and then on a 42-yard-connection with Christiansen, who also found Jon Kirkley for 24 yards to open the game's scoring. Eli Quinn threw two TD passes for Frenchtown, to Devin Shelton for 26 yards and Connor Michaud for 6.  

No. 2 Laurel 42, Hardin 0: Beau Dantic scored on runs of 20 and 1 yards, Kyson Moran tossed two TD passes, and the Locomotives (4-0) used stifling defense to blank the Bulldogs (1-4). Moran hit Konnor Gregerson from 31 yards and Dalton Boehler from 6. Laurel has pitched three shutouts in four outings, allowing only the 21 points scored by Lewistown last week.

No. 5 Polson 49, Libby 14: Jarrett Wilson had another huge night with 354 yards passing and six touchdowns as the high-flying Pirates (5-0) dumped the Loggers (2-3). Wilson was 16-for-21 passing and connected three times with Colton Graham, the longest covering 46 yards. Also catching touchdown passes were Alex Muzquiz, Trent Dwelle and Xavier Fisher, who caught five balls for 115 yards. In four on-field counting games, Wilson has completed 104 of 139 passes for 1,636 yards and 25 TDs. Polson's first game was a forfeit by Butte Central, and the Pirates' replacement win over the Kalispell Glacier JV doesn't count on the team's record. 

Butte Central 44, Corvallis 0: Luke Garrison threw two TD passes and ran for another, and Kyle Holter caught a touchdown pass and returned a punt for a score as the Maroons (2-3) gave coach Don Peoples his 200th career win by routing the Blue Devils (0-5). Ethan Andersch booted a field goal to close the scoring for Butte Central. 

No. 1 Hamilton 49, Stevensville 12: Tyson Rostad tossed four more touchdown passes — two to Liam O'Connell, from 15 and 80 yards out — as the high-powered Broncs (5-0) scored 40-plus points for the fifth straight game in routing the Yellowjackets (1-4). Rostad also connected with Lucas Lant for a 3-yard score and Tyson Bauder from 45 yards. Tim Zohner ran for two scores for Hamilton. Stevi scored twice through the air, on passes from Sahkaia Wehr to Gus Turner and Kellan Beller. Rostad was 14-for-19 for 259 yards and O'Connell caught six balls for 136 yards. The Broncs' Zohner ran for 90 yards and Stevi's Beller covered 84.

No. 4 Whitefish 44, East Helena 8: Fynn Ridgeway threw three touchdown passes and returned a punt for another score as the Bulldogs (5-0) stayed perfect with a romp over the Vigilantes (0-4). Ridgeway's punt return covered 37 yards and his scoring strikes went to Logan Conklin (55 yards), Jaxsen Schlauch (32) and Clayton Godsey (15). Braden Howell caught an 18-yard TD pass from Izak Longcake to give East Helena (1-3) its second TD of the season.

No. 3 Billings Central 54, Livingston 0: Adam Balkenbush completed all four of his passes for 123 yards and four touchdowns, and the Rams (4-0) scored on six of their first seven players against the overmatched Rangers (0-5). AJ Ulrichs caught two of the TD passes and Devon O'Neill and Travis Hadley caught one each. Kade Boyd, Tyrus Hall and Clay Oven had rushing scores for Central.

Class B

No. 6 Eureka 33, No. 10 Missoula Loyola 8: Caleb Utter ran for two touchdowns and hit Danny Dunn with a 30-yard scoring strike as the Lions (4-1) spoiled the Rams' (3-2) arrival in the rankings. Remington Little scored twice for Eureka on rushes of 3 and 8 yards. Utter hit paydirt from 2 and 10 yards. Loyola, which committed six turnovers, scored in the fourth quarter on a 37-yard run by Talen Reynolds. The Lions led 14-0 at halftime and built the margin to three touchdowns entering the final quarter.

No. 5 Bigfork 54, Whitehall 6: Levi Taylor hit paydirt on two rushing touchdowns and the Vikings (4-1) spread the scoring wealth in overwhelming the Trojans (0-3). Taylor scored from 44 and 5 yards. Patrick Wallen ran for a 4-yard score and threw a 4-yard TD pass to Izak Epperly. Bigfork led 33-6 at halftime. Whitehall's score came on a 6-yard first-quarter pass from Miles Hoerauf to Brendan Wagner. 

No. 1 Florence-Carlton 44, Anaconda 3: Pat Duchien threw for two touchdowns and ran for one, and Tristan Pyette scored twice on rushing touchdowns as the Falcons (4-0) kept rolling by pounding the Copperheads (0-5). Pyette's runs were from 5 and 24 yards, and gave Florence-Carlton a 15-0 lead on the way to 30 first-quarter points. Duchien hit Blake Shoupe from 20 yards out and Drew Wagner from 4. Anaconda avoided a shutout when Tommy Sawyer booted a 31-yard field goal in the fourth quarter. 

Glasgow 36, Cut Bank 6: Kyler Hallock rushed for 139 yards and Morgan Fast had 131 yards receiving as the Scotties (4-1) won big over the Wolves (0-5). Hallock scored on a 24-yard run to get Glasgow going early. Fast hauled in three scoring passes, covering 48, 62 and 17 yards, from quarterback Mason Donaldson. Hayden Hedges contributed 103 yards rushing yards for the victors and scored on a 5-yard run. Donaldson finished with 163 yards passing. The Scotties led 20-0 after three quarters. 

Red Lodge 14, Baker 8: Owen Reynolds crashed into the end zone from 1 yard out in the third quarter to give the Rams (2-2) their first lead and they held on to down the Spartans (1-3). Chase Cook brought Red Lodge within a point in the second quarter with a 4-yard run. Donnie Steen's 16-yard run and a two-point conversion by Quinn Griffith gave Baker an 8-0 lead in the first quarter.

Big Timber 25, Manhattan 19 (OT): Connor Giesecke's 8-yard run in overtime gave the Herders (3-2) the victory after the defending state champion Tigers (1-3) rallied from a 12-point fourth-quarter deficit to send the game into an extra session. Giescecke had the hot hand early, hitting Kuirt Gullings on scoring passes of 14 and 81 yards and adding a 7-yarder in the third quarter to Kyler Mehus for a 19-7 edge. Manhattan rallied to tie it on a 14-yard pass from Austin Devers to Mason Venema early in the fourth quarter and then Devers' 4-yard run with 1:08 to play to tie it.

No. 3 Townsend 35, No. 9 Three Forks 0: Klause Rauser caught two TD passes and ran for another as the Bulldogs (3-1) pulled rank on the Wolves (3-2). Trey Hoveland threw the two touchdown passes and had another to Gavin Vandenacre for Townsend.

No. 2 Columbus 26, No. 8 Jefferson 14: Trey Johnannes rushed for three touchdowns and the Cougars (4-0) kept rolling by fending off the Panthers (2-2). Johnannes had runs of 4 and 65 yards in the first half then closed the scoring with a game-sealing 3-yard jaunt in the fourth quarter. Joey Visser caught a 10-yard pass from Braden Morris to give Jefferson an early 7-0 lead. 

8-Man

No. 3 Joliet 42, Twin Bridges 6: Hayden Ward ran for two touchdowns and passed for two more, and Rye Brastrup ran for two scores as the J-Hawks (4-0) coasted past the Falcons (2-2). Ward found Camden McQuillan from 60 yards and Seth Bailey from 28. Brastrup's runs covered 66 and 26 yards. Nate Konen's 9-yard scoring catch from August Witham accounted for Twin Bridges' points.

No. 1 Drummond-Philipsburg 56, Victor 6: Avery Metesh caught a 37-yard scoring pass from Andrew Tallon and returned an interception 50 yards for a score as the defending state champs built a 42-6 halftime lead and cruised past the Pirates (0-3). Tallon also ran for a 7-yard score for the Titans (4-0), who also received two TDs from Chase Goldade covering 5 and 9 yards. Carson Varner's 5-yard run in the second quarter provided Victor with its points. 

No. 4 Thompson Falls 62, Seeley-Swan 6: Nathan Schraeder returned two interceptions for touchdowns in the first quarter and Elijah Ratliff, Trae Thilmony and Josh Wilhite scored two touchdowns apiece as the Bluehawks (5-0) bolted to a 44-point halftime lead en route to crushing the previously unbeaten Blackhawks (3-1). Schraeder's second interception gave Thompson Falls a 30-0 lead. Owen Hoag's 67-yard first-quarter run provided Seeley-Swan with its only points. 

Darby 82, Troy 0: Preston Smith passed for three touchdowns and added to scores to power the Tigers (3-2) over the Trojans (0-5). Andrew Robbins and Brandon Levins each returned interceptions for scores — two of Darby's five picks. 

No. 8 Belt 60, Cascade 12: Bridger Vogl ran for two touchdowns and threw for two more, and Garett Metrione and Ethan Triplett scored two TDs apiece as the Huskies (4-1) built a 35-6 first-quarter lead en route to thrashing the Badgers (2-3). Vogl's runs covered 34 and 2 yards, and his passes went for 18 yards to Hayden Urick and 8 to Triplett. Metrione had 9- and 45-yard runs, and Triplett's rushing scored came from 6 yards away. With the game in hand, Reese Paulson got into the act as well for Belt, throwing scoring strikes of 38 and 31 yards to Jeremy Nebel and Karson Arndt.

6-Man

No. 9 Shields Valley 38, No. 8 DGS-GRW 14: Dylan Flatt caught four touchdown passes from Kaden Acosta and Daniel Hogenson ran for the other two scores as the Rebels (3-1) rebounded from their loss to top-ranked Froid-Lake by thumping the Bearcats (4-1) in a battle of ranked teams. Flatt's scoring receptions went for 3, 45, 30 and 65 yards. Hogensen opened the scoring with a 20-yard run and added a rush of 32 yards. Axel Becker's 75-yard kick return for a TD put DGS-GRW up 8-6 after one quarter and Jacob Pollari chipped in with a 1-yard TD in the second quarter. Shields Valley led 31-14 at halftime. 

No. 5 Bridger 44, No. 4 Broadview-Lavina 19: Chance Goltz threw four touchdown passes, three to Baylor Pospisil, and the Scouts (5-0) coasted past the Pirates (4-1) in a battle of unbeatens. Kade Erickson tossed two TD passes to William Hanser, the second one bringing Broadview-Lavina within 11 points in the third quarter. Zach Althoff had a fumble return for a score and a 2-yard TD run as well for Bridger. Hank Tuszynski had an interception return for a score for the Pirates. 

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