A pair of new Frontier Conference head coaches picked up victories Saturday as the college football season goet underway in Montana.
Montana Western met Dickinson State in Miles City and started the second Ryan Nourse era with a 29-13 non-conference win over the Blue Hawks. Rocky Mountain College, meanwhile, went with brand-new head coach Jason Petrino to Havre and picked up a 31-21 Frontier Conference victory over MSU-Northern.
The Bulldogs will be back on the road next week when they open Frontier play at the College of Idaho. The Battlin’ Bears will play a non-conference game at Northern Colorado.
Montana Western 29, Dickinson State 13
MILES CITY — Sam Rutherford rushed for 169 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Bulldogs to the evening victory. Stats
The senior running back did his damage on 30, scoring on runs of 4, 3 and 10 yards.
The extra point by Seth Myers following Rutherford’s first score midway through the second quarter put the Bulldogs up for good at 7-6.
Dickinson struck first when Kaiser Ray hit Jamion Lindsay for a 27-yard touchdown strike in the first quarter.
After the three Rutherford scores made it a 20-6 game, Austin Urlacher scored on a 1-yard run and Connor Greth booted a 22-yard field goal to extend the lead to 29-6.
Karsten Mack Jr. added a 2-yard scoring scamper for the Blue Hawks to cap the scoring.
Sophomore quarterback J.D. Ferris competed 18 of 35 passes for 216 yards. He was picked off twice.
Beau Brekke hauled in six passes for 67 yards in the win. Matt Lickfold added 55 yards on four receptions. Urlacher racked up 71 yards on 19 carries as the Bulldogs racked up 247 yards on the ground.
The Bulldogs will play at the College of Idaho next Saturday.
Rocky Mountain College 31, MSU-Northern 21
HAVRE — Chase White had a hand in three touchdowns, and the Rocky defense forced four turnovers to lead the Bears.
White three TD passes of 21 and 13 yards to Kalen Reed and Tyrell McGee. Sam Sparks added a 2-yard touchdown in the win, and Griff Aimes booted a 42-yard field goal.
Zach McKinley scored a pair of touchdowns for the Lights, who also scored on a 30yard pass from Wyatt McKinlay to Jess Krahn.
Full stats are not available.
Rocky Mountain 0 21 7 3 — 31
MSU-Northern 0 7 0 14 — 21
RMC — Kalen Reed 21 pass from Chase White (Griff Aimes kick), 14:17
MSN — Zach McKinley 5 run (Tommy Langley kick), 11:18
RMC — White 1 run (Aimes kick), 5:57
RMC — Sam Sparks 2 run (Aimes kick), 1:14
RMC — Tyrell McGee 13 pass from White (Aimes kick), 2:36
MSN — McKinley 1 run (Langley kick), 11:12
RMC — Aimes 42 field goal, 3:53
MSN — Wyatt McKinlay 3 pass from Jess Krahn (Langley kick), 1:15