Kautzman, Mulcahy, Lakkala picked as alternates
The 75th Montana East-West Shrine Game could include as many as five Butte players when the game kicks off June 18 in Great Falls.
The rosters were unveiled Christmas morning, and Butte High players Dylan Snyder and Cole Stewart were named to the West Side for Montana’s premier All-Star football game. Butte High’s Casey Kautzman and Rylan Mulcahy were named alternates along with Butte Central’s Eyston Lakkala. (Montana East-West Shrine Game rosters)
Snyder, who recently signed with Montana State, was selected to play defensive end. He expects to play receiver for the Bobcats. Stewart, who has committed to play for Montana Tech, made the team as a safety.
Kautzman, who will take his talents to MSU as well, is an alternate as a kicker. Mulcahy, who has not announced any plans to play college football, is listed as an alternate at guard after playing center for the Bulldogs.
Lakkala, who has signed to play football for Montana Tech, is as an alternate at outside linebacker.
The West roster will include Dillon’s Callahan Hoffman and Jon Kirkley, as well as Sheridan’s Kaiden Batzler and Whitehall’s Brendan Wagner. Dillon’s Connor Curnow was named an alternate, as were Flint Creek’s Avery Metesh and Boulder’s Jake Genger, Braden Morris and Wade Rykel.
Dillon native Bryce Carver of Hamilton will serve as the head coach of the West Side.
Carver is in his eighth year coaching and teaching in Hamilton. He has coached football and basketball for the past eight years, and this was his fifth being the head football coach. Over the last five years, the Broncs have compiled a 51-6 record, playing in three state championships, and recently winning the 2021 Class A State title. Carver and his wife Jordan have a 2-year-old daughter, Blakely.
The East Team will be coached by Mark Samson of Great Falls.
Samson is a Helena native who has been coaching at the high school and college level since 1981. He just completed his sixth season as head coach for the Great Falls High Bison, leading them to the AA playoffs for the fourth straight year.
Samson, the father of Montana Tech head coach Kyle Samson, has worked at Helena High, Townsend and Carroll College as an assistant coach, and served as head coach at Missoula Loyola, Helena Capital, Havre, MSU-Northern and Great Falls High. This is Samson’s third time coaching in the Shrine Game. This game will mark his 390th career game as a coach over 38 seasons.
The Montana East-West Shrine Game is also one of the oldest high school All-Star football games in America. Every year since 1947, Montana high schools’ finest players are selected to compete in a game to raise money and to help make the public aware of the expert orthopedic and burn care available at the Shriner’s Hospital for Children in Spokane, Washington.
Expert care is provided regardless of the family’s ability to pay. In recent years, the Montana game is the top Shrine Game in the nation for hospital donations. In the last ten years this game has raised nearly $1,000,000. Forty of Montana’s finest are selected to compete on each team and two players from Canada will join them, one for the East and one for the West.
These players were nominated by their schools and coaches across the state, and finally selected as the “best of the best” to participate in the 75th Montana Shrine Game. They join an elite fraternity of players, many of whom have gone on to distinguished collegiate and professional careers.