MILES CITY — Former Butte High star Zach Bunney ran for 110 yards, and Quinn McQueary and Dawson Reardon each threw two touchdown passes in the first quarter Saturday as Montana rolled to a 43-29 win over North Dakota in the 20th Knights of Columbus Badlands Bowl at Connors Stadium.
Montana led 29-0 after the first quarter that saw McQueary, of Manhattan, hit Great Falls CMR star Josh Horner for an 11-yard strike. McQueary hooked up with Kalispell Glacier’s Kyle Griffith for a 26-yard score.
Reardon, a Helena High grad and future Montana Tech Oredigger, hooked up with Billings Central’s Jacob Stanton for a 15-yard strike. He hit Missoula Loyola’s Josh Janssen, also for a 15-yard score.
The North Dakota squad fired back with 21 points in the fourth quarter, cutting the lead to 29-21.
Ben Jolliffe scored on an 11-yard run before Nick Goulet and Josh Seibel turned interceptions into touchdowns.
Helena Capital’s Gunnar Brekke, though, scored on runs of 1 and 4 yards in the fourth quarter to put the game away.
Bunney, also a future Oredigger, racked up his 110 yards on 15 carries. Playing behind fellow Bulldogs Drew Scheeman and Nick Butorovich, Bunney was the game’s only 100-yard rusher. He also caught two passes for 20 yards.
Butte High teammate Bryce Armstrong caught two passes for eight yards, while Dillon’s Austin Carver, a future Montana Grizzly, caught three passes for 33 yards.
Reardon passed for 147 yards. McQueary, who was picked off four times, passed for 142 and ran for 67.
Butte High coach Arie Grey was the head coach of the Montana team. His squad also included former Bulldog and future Oredigger Anthony Moritz on the defensive line. Butte High defensive coordinator Bryan Arntson ran the Montana stingy defense.
Montana has won five out of the last six Badlands Bowls. The Treasure State leads the series 15-5.
Grey will coach the Montana East-West Shrine Game, which is July 20 at Naranche Stadium. Bunney, Armstrong, Schleeman, Butorovich and Moritz will be on Grey’s West roster.
North Dakota 0 0 21 8 — 29
Montana 29 0 0 14 — 43
MT — Josh Horner 11 pass from Quinn McQueary (Gunnar Brekke pass from McQueary), 11:03
MT — Jacob Stanton 15 pass from Dawson Reardon (Kyle Griffith kick), 9:08
MT — Griffith 26 pass from McQueary (Griffith kick), 6:10
MT — Josh Janssen 15 pass from Reardon (Griffith kick), 4:59
ND — Ben Jolliffe 11 run (kick failed), 12:31
ND — Nick Goulet 48 interception return (Dustin Iverson pass from Jolliffe), 4:23
ND — Josh Seibel 36 interception return (Seibel kick), 2:30
MT – Brekke 1 run (Griffith kick), 9:12
MT – Brekke 4 run (Griffith kick), 4:41
ND – Layne Johs 3 run (Dan Arnold pass from Trevor Zacher), 2:55
First downs 12 21
Rushes-yards 41-140 48-216
Comp-Att-Int 11-22-2 37-53-4
Passing yards 174 289
Total offense 314 505
Penalties-yards 7-40 7-65
RUSHING — North Dakota: Layne Johs 14-42, Ben Jolliffe 8-41, Zach Reich 13-38, Seth Ewoniuk 3-12, Christian Lunde 3-3, Josh Seibel 3-3, Preston Lehmann 1-1. Montana: Zach Bunney 15-110, Quinn McQueary 7-67, Cody Vitt 13-52, Gunnar Brekke 10-37.
PASSING — North Dakota: Ben Jolliffe 6-13-1-101, Trevor Zacher 5-9-73. Montana: Dawson Reardon 18-26-0-147, Quinn McQueary 19-27-4-142.
RECEIVING— North Dakota: Dan Arnold 3-71, Dustin Iverson 3-31, Jeff Illies 2-37, Christian Lunde 2-28, Seth Ewoniuk 1-7. Montana: Josh Horner 12-87, Kyle Griffith 7-52, Josh Janssen 5-56, Jacob Stanton 4-27, Austin Carver 3-33, Zach Bunney 2-20, Bryce Armstrong 2-8, Gunnar Brekke 2-6.