Bison ride past Bulldogs in snowy Great Falls

Bison ride past Bulldogs in snowy Great Falls

GREAT FALLS — Friday night was a night of missed opportunities for the Butte High football team.

Great Falls High jumped out to a quick lead and turned back Butte High 28-7 in a game that was way closer than the score might indicate. The score was 14-7 for most of the game before the Bison broke it open with two late touchdowns.

“We had some opportunities, and we didn’t take advantage of them,” Butte High coach Arie Grey said. “They started fast, and we didn’t start as fast as we like. But the kids played hard. They gave themselves some opportunities.”

The Bison used the long ball to take the lead early.

Blake Thelen hit Kyle Torgerson on a 53-yard touchdown pass. Less than 2 minutes later, Thelen found Lucas Banderob for a 61-yard score.

The Bulldogs didn’t give up another point until the two late Great Falls touchdowns, both of which came in the final 2 minutes of the fourth quarter.

Butte High got on the board when Tommy Melott hit Josh Neil for a 31-yard touchdown with 2 minutes, 31 seconds left in the first quarter. Trevyn Roth’s extra point cut the lead to 14-7.

That is where the game stayed until Thelen scored on a 13-yard run that followed an interception. Torgerson capped the scoring with a 20-yard interception return for a score.

Mellott missed the second half after getting “banged up” in the first half. Fellow sophomore Andrew Booth took over and ran the Bulldog offense.

Grey said he expects Mellott to be ready to go when the Bulldogs head to Billings Skyview on Thursday night.

Butte High will need to win at Skyview and then the following Friday when they close out the regular season at home against Missoula Big Sky.

Grey said he isn’t thinking that far ahead.

“We’ve just got to take it one day at a time and get better on Monday,” the coach said.

Grey did say he and the Bulldogs are eager to get back on the field on Thursday.

“The good thing is we play on Thursday,” Grey said. “We get a chance to get this taste out of our mouth.”

Butte High                 7          0          0          0 — 7
Great Falls High       14        0          0          14 — 28
First quarter

GFH — Kyle Torgerson 53 pass from Blake Thelen (Teagan Olson kick), 7:50
GFH — Lucas Banderob 61 pass from Thelen (Olson kick), 6:11
Butte — Josh Neil 31 pass from Tommy Mellott (Trevyn Roth kick), 2:31
Fourth quarter
GFH — Thelen 13 rush (Olson kick), 1:26
GFH — Torgerson 20 interception (Olson kick), :49

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