BC looks for complete game vs. Hardin

Butte Central will have an eye on the clock Friday when they take on Hardin on the Bob Green Field at Montana Tech.

The Maroons (1-2) will looking to be using all of that clock as they celebrate homecoming against the Bulldogs. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. (Radio: KOPR 94.1, listen live)

Butte Central is coming off a 42-28 loss at defending Class A state champion Billings Central on Saturday night. That loss was a bit bittersweet in that it saw the Maroons battle back to make a game of a contest that was a blowout early.

“We were disappointed we didn’t come out stronger, but our kids hung in there,” BC coach Don Peoples Jr. said. “They didn’t quit.”

Peoples pointed out that his Maroons didn’t start fast against the Rams Wing T attack.

“The biggest thing we took from it was we’ve got to play 48 minutes,” Peoples said. “We’ve got some kids who are staring for the first time, but the learning curve is over. It’s time to start playing complete games.”

Junior quarterback Danny Peoples set a school record in passing yards for the Maroons. Peoples, who was shorted two completions in the stats after the game, actually completed 23 of 40 passes for 394 yards.

“He got into a good rhythm in the second half,” coach Peoples said. “It gave us some confidence and belief that we can do good things out there.”

Danny Peoples threw four touchdowns — all to senior Kale Guldseth. Three of those came in the second half.

The quarterback also had a touchdown pass wiped out by an inadvertent whistle by an official.

The Maroons are hoping to build on that strong second-half performance in their last non-conference game before they open the Southwestern A season next week in Dillon.

“We’re certainly not looking past Hardin, but we’ve got to be ready to play our first conference game next week,” coach Peoples said.

Guldseth caught nine passes for 198 yards last week. Chad Peterson caught seven balls for 106 yards, while Dalton Sessions caught four for 94.

With Wyatt Kingston at running back behind an offensive line made up of Liam Dorna, Tw Bolton, Brant Ahlborn, Marcus Ferriter and Connor Schulte Peoples has a lot of weapons at his disposal.

Droan, the center, has a separated shoulder and is a question mark for Friday’s game. If he can’t go, freshman Ryan Richards, who is 6-foot and 280 pounds according to the BC roster, will handle the snaps.

On defense Jake Michelotti will start if Doran sits out. Peoples said Michelotti will see time on the defensive line beside Connor McGree, Marcus Ferriter and Connor Schulte regardless.

Central’s defense is formidable with Kaemen Richards, Kyle Schulte, Peterson and Kingston at linebacker and Sessions, Guldseth, Peoples, and Cal Hollow in the secondary.

Peoples said his unit just needs to make sure it does the little things right.

“From a defensive standpoint, we didn’t follow our assignments,” Peoples said of the Bishop’s Bowl loss. “If you don’t do the little things right guys like Holden Ryan are going to run all over you.”

The good news is that Ryan isn’t playing against the Maroons this week. The Bulldogs, though, still have weapons as the look for a return trip to the Class A playoffs.

“The quarterback, Purcell, is dangerous,” Peoples said. “We watched him on film and in person last year against Anaconda. He’s explosive.”

Hardin fell 21-19 at home to Anaconda last week. The week before, the Bulldogs beat Lewistown 33-19.

“They’re a scary football team,” Peoples said. “They’re a high-risk defense. They blitz from everywhere. They’ll line up in an eight-man front even if you’re in split formation.”

Picking up the blitz has been BC’s biggest shortfall through three games in 2013.

“We’ve had some problems picking up the blitz, so we’re concerned about that,” Peoples said. “Hardin has been in the playoffs the last few years, so it will be a big challenge.”

Butte Central starters

QB — Danny Peoples, 6-0, 175, jr
C — Liam Doran, 6-0, 195, jr or Ryan Richards, 6-0, 280, fr
G — Tw Bolton, 5-10, 215 jr; Brant Ahlborn 6-3, 305, sr
T — Marcus Ferriter, 6-4, 210, jr;  Connor Schulte 6-0, 235, sr
TE — Connor McGree, 6-3, 215, sr
RB — Wyatt Kingston, 5-9, 185, sr
WR — Chad Peterson, 6-1, 175, jr; Kale Guldseth, 5-10, 160, sr;  Dalton Sessions, 6-2, 175, jr

E — Connor McGree, 6-3, 215, sr; Marcus Ferriter, 6-4, 210, jr
T — Connor Schulte 6-0, 235, sr; and Liam Doran, 6-0, 195, jr or Jake Michelotti, 6-0, 225, so
MLB — Kaemen Richards, 6-2, 210, jr; Kyle Schulte 6-2, 180, so
OLB — Wyatt Kingston, 5-9, 185, sr; and Chad Peterson, 6-1, 175, jr
C — Dalton Sessions, 6-2, 175, jr and Kale Guldseth, 5-10, 160, sr
S — Danny Peoples, 6-0, 175 jr; Cal Hollow 5-8, 160, so

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