Bishops’ Bowl rematches Maroons and Rams

The preseason favorite to win the state Class A high school football championship is up as the next opponent for Butte Central.
The Maroons will renew their Bishops’ Bowl rivalry with Billings Central in a non-conference game slated for a Friday, 7 p.m. kickoff at Bob Green Field on the Montana Tech campus.
The set-to will also mark the Butte Central home opener.
The Maroons are 1-1 this season with a 34-20 loss at Belgrade and a 47-7 romp at Livingston. The Rams are 1-0, having rallied past Belgrade 27-21 with an 89-yard touchdown drive that ended in the last minute.
Billings Central was the state A runner-up to Dillon last season.
“(The Rams) have a good nucleus of top players back from last year,” Butte Central head coach Don Peoples Jr., said.
The coach added that foremost among them is All-State running back Holden Ryan, one of the higher-rated college football prospects in the state.
“Belgrade was leading 21-19 and got inside (Billings Central’s) 10-yard line twice in the fourth quarter,” Peoples noted. “They came away without scoring both times. Then Holden Ryan carried the ball nine times on a 13-play drive that went 89 yards. He punched it in (on a 1-yard carry) to win it in the last minute. That was a clutch drive.”
Michael Stanton is the Rams’ quarterback and top defensive players include Jesse Byorth and Micah Holt-Seavy. Jim Stanton has built a powerful program in his long tenure as the head coach at Billings Central. The Maroons won the first six games in the rivalry series, but have not been able to take a victory since 1998. The teams went three years without seeing each other before the series resumed and the Rams have emerged triumphant every game since.
The series matches Montana’s two Class A Catholic high schools.
“They run the ball really hard and then they hit you with play-action and the swing pass,” Peoples said of the Rams’ attack. “They also like to try to throw deep to Ryan. He has really good speed, too.”
So, Peoples said the Maroons will need to shore up against yielding the big plays, which they did well against Livingston after having been victimized by such in Belgrade.
“I know Livingston has struggled, but last week was a good game for us,” Peoples said. “We played really well. We executed and we played aggressive defense. It was a good game for us and we got our confidence back.”
The coach said Butte Central will need to the run the ball better. Doing so will not only help the Maroons control the tempo, but also keep the ball out of the Rams’, particularly Ryan’s, hands.
“Last year, we did a good job of passing against them, but we were pretty one-dimensional,” Peoples said. “We need to be more balanced, but a good run game will be our first priority on offense.”
A good running game, too, can open the offense for more options to quarterback Danny Peoples.
The senior QB had a good game against Livingston, as did junior running back Kyle Harrington, senior fullback Kaemen Richards, senior receivers Chad Peterson and Dalton Sessions and junior returner Cal Hollow. All registered big plays.
The Maroons will again be without 6-3, 260-pound junior guard Ethan St. John, coach Peoples said. The coach said St. John, healing an injured shoulder, should be ready to go next week, though.
Defensively, Butte Central is expected to line up with Liam Doran and Jake Michelotti at the tackles, Marcus Ferriter and Harrington at the ends, Mike Cooney, Richards and Kyle Schulte at the linebacker spots, Cole Harper, Colin McArthur and Sessions switching off in the cornerback roles, Peterson at strong safety and Hollow at free safety.
On offense, Doran, the regular center, moves to guard again this week for St. John while sophomore Ryan Richards takes over at center. Michelotti is the other guard with Tw Bolton and Ferriter at the tackles. Frank Hendrickson is at tight end. Harper, Hollow, Peterson and Sessions rotate through the receiver spots, Harrington is at running back and Kaemen Richards at fullback. Danny Peoples is the quarterback.
Ferriter and Kaemen Richards are fourth-year starters.
“We’re excited to be at home,” Don Peoples Jr. said. 1 comment

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  • Vina Dugan
    September 12, 2014, 11:29 am

    Good luck Kyle and the Maroons, take it to the Rams!


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