Dillon’s Ferris named offensive MVP in Badlands Bowl win

MILES CITY — Dillon star J.D. Ferris threw for two touchdowns and ran for another Saturday night to help Montana beat North Dakota 40-25 in the Knights of Columbus Badlands Bowl at Connors Stadium.

Ferris, a future Montana Western Bulldog, was named offensive MVP of the game. Cain Boschee of Kalispell Glacier picked off a Badlands Bowl record three passes and took home Montana’s defensive MVP honors.

With Montana leading 13-10, Ferris hit Paul Hart for a 35-yard touchdown with 2 minutes, 51 seconds left in the second half. Ferris added a 42-yard TD run just over 2 minutes later to give Montana a 27-10 lead heading into halftime.

In the fourth quarter, Ferris hit Logan Jones for a 5-yard score. Jones caught a 65-yard pass from Brady McChesney in the third quarter.

Ferris Completed 14 of 24 passes for 176 yards. He was picked off once.

Butte High graduate Dalton Daum chalked up 93 yards on five receptions. Butte Central graduate Danny Peoples booted four extra points in the victory. He also attempted a pass.

Butte Central graduates Marcus Ferriter and Kamen Richards also represented Montana in the game.

Montana now has 16 wins in 22 Badlands Bowls.

North Dakota            0          10        15        0 — 25
Montana                    6          21        6          7 — 40
First quarter

MT — Cory Diaz 3 run (run failed), 3:57
Second quarter
ND — Josh Weiler 35 field goal, 13:47
MT — Andrew Harris 13 interception return (Danny Peoples kick), 9:55
ND — Tristan Hartness 68 pass from Aidan Hartness (Weiler kick), 9:22
MT — Paul Hart 35 pass from J.D. Ferris (Peoples kick), 2:51
MT — Ferris 42 run (Peoples kick), :46
Third quarter
ND — Noah Krebs 59 interception return (Weiler kick), 10:06
MT — Logan Jones 65 pass from Brady McChesney (kick failed), 9:55
ND —Anthony Olson 25 pass from Chris Kraft (Gavin Rook run), 4:53
Fourth quarter
MT — Jones 5 pass from Ferris (Peoples kick), 11:13
RUSHING — North Dakota: Aidan Hartness 8-5, Ty Brooks 5-(-2), Karter Gorney 3-15, Gavin Rook 3-3, Austin Reynolds 2-11, Tristan Hartness 1-4, Chris Kraft 1-3, Anthony Olson 1-1. Montana: Holden Ryan 16-61, Logan Jones 8-92, J.D. Ferris 7-51, Cory Diaz 7-12, Gavin Gunderson 3-5, Brady McChesney 2-(1-10).
PASSING — Aidan Hartness 6-19-3-145, Chris Kraft 5-12-2-63, Tristan Hartness 0-1-1-0. Montana: J.D. Ferris 14-24-1-176, Brady McChesney 10-19-3-183, Danny Peoples 0-1-0-0.
RECEIVING — Tristan Hartness 8-167, Anthony Olson 1-25, Austin Reynolds 1-14, Carter Blackwell 1-2. Montana: Logan Jones 6-109, Devin Cochran 6-77, Dalton Daum 5-93, Paul Hart 3-57, Cory Diaz 2-5, Alec Haughian 1-18.

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