Bulldogs ‘McGregor walk’ to championship game

Bulldogs ‘McGregor walk’ to championship game
Butte High senior safety Scout Allen waits for the Billings West offense to line up during the Class AA semifinals Nov. 15 at Naranche Stadium. (Butte Sports file photo)

Relive semifinal win Friday on KBOW

By Bill Foley

It might have been the play of the year for the 2019 Butte High Bulldogs.

That says a lot since the Bulldog roster was full of stars who made big-time plays after big-time play all season long.

Future Montana State Bobcat Tommy Mellott accounted for 46 touchdowns (30 passing and 16 rushing), while Kameron Moreno ran for 1,307 yards and 20 scores.

Banner Cetraro hauled in seven touchdowns passes, and Ryan Neil and Quinn Sullivan made some big plays on offense and defense. Sullivan pulled off the trifecta as a special teams ace, too.

Butte High offensive linemen D.J. Jackson, Timothy Hollingsworth, Konor McClafferty, Ty Raiha and Wyatt Kingston below opposing defensive lineman down field.

And how can we forget Casey Kautzman’s 37-yard field goal to beat Missoula Sentinel in the rain?

The biggest play of the season, however, just might go to a senior safety who wrestled at 138 pounds.

Scout Allen came out of nowhere, it seemed, to kill Billings West’s momentum late in the second quarter of the Bulldogs 35-6 win over the Bears in the semifinals of the Class AA playoffs Nov. 15 at Naranche Stadium.

Before Allen’s play, the outcome of the rout was still very much in doubt.

Allen, a senior safety, was on the south hash mark of Butte High’s 24-yard line as West’s Riley Bergeson was hauling in a pass at the north hash on the 13. Allen was closer to West quarterback Josh Erbacher, who threw the ball from the center of the 30-yard line than he was to Bergeson.

However, Allen made a beeline for the 2-yard line, where he hit Bergeson, who was slowed up by Bulldog teammates. Allen punched out the ball out of Bergeson’s hands just before the West receiver reached the goal line.

Butte High senior Myles McClernan caught the ball in the air as he fell into the end zone for a touchback.

West had come within a matter of inches from cutting Butte High’s 14-0 lead in half. But instead of a 21-yard touchdown for West, Butte High took over on its own 20.

Allen did a “McGregor walk,” copying UFC star Connor McGregor, to celebrate his big play as the Naranche crowd of more than 6,000 went wild.

“I was way on the other side, and I saw the play going all the way over there,” Allen explained of the play that leads off his personal highlight video on Hudl. “I just pursued and tried to tackle him before he got in and hit the ball out. I didn’t even know the ball was out, then I saw everyone cheering.”

Eight plays 2 minutes, 22 seconds of clock time later, Mellott hit Jake Olson for 39-yard touchdown as time ran out in the second quarter.

Butte High led 21-0 at the break, and the ballgame was, for all intents and purposes, over.

“The effort that he showed on that play was unbelievable,” Grey said. “That’s what this group is all about.”

The win, which sent Butte High to the championship game the next week against Bozeman, can be relived at 7 p.m. Friday on KBOW. Paul Panisko and color man Ron Hasquet have the call for the game that turned into a rout quicker than you can say “McGregor walk.”

Listen in at 550 AM, 101.5 FM or online at kbow550.net.

KBOW is replaying the game as part of a series to try to help sports fans through the down time of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Butte-Bozeman championship game will be played at 7 p.m. on Saturday

The series wraps up Friday, May 8 with the replaying of the 2012 Butte High state championship game win over Bozeman at Naranche.

Panisko said he could not tell who forced the big fumble at the time. He said he credited the wrong Bulldog for Allen’s big play. That is because Butte High was wearing purple numbers with on their purple jerseys, and those are a nightmare for announcers and spotters. Butte High’s stat keeper credited Tanner Huff (No. 21) instead of Allen (22).

So, you might not hear Allen’s name called in what might be the biggest play of the season. Tune in anyway to relieve a magical night in the Mining City.

Click here to read the Butte Sports game story from that big Bulldog win.

KBOW rebroadcast schedule
Friday, May 1
7 p.m. — Billings West at Butte High (Nov. 15, 2019)

Saturday, May 2
7 p.m. — Bozeman at Butte High (Nov. 22, 2019)

Friday, May 8
7 p.m. — Bozeman at Butte High (No. 16, 2012)


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