BILLINGS — A record-breaking night wasn’t nearly enough for Butte High Friday at Daylis Stadium.
Junior quarterback Dallas Cook passed a school-record 523 yards and two touchdowns, but it was coach Ron Lebsock’s Wing-T offense that stole the show in Billings Skyview’s 55-48 win over Butte High.
“This is going to hurt, and it’s going to sting,” Butte High coach Arie Grey said shortly after addressing his team in the post-game locker room. “But it’s the same thing with a win. At midnight tonight it’s over, and we’re back on to our next opponent.”
The game featured 1,280 yards of offense on the artificial turf of Wendy’s Field.
Big play after big play light up the field. The last came when Drake Schafer, who ran for 239 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Falcons, busted free for a 57-yard run to set up a 4-yard scamper by Alex Picicci to cap the scoring with 5 minutes, six seconds left in the game.
Butte High drove to the Skyview 15 yard line trying to the game for the second time in the fourth quarter. Chandler Crow, though, recovered a fumbled snap to end the threat.
“We gave ourselves an opportunity to win at the end of the game,” Grey said. “We’ve just got to win the game. There’s no more victories. We just got to figure out a way to get better.”
Skyview picked up two first downs before killing the clock with two kneel downs.
Butte High, which never trailed, scored 35 points in the second half. The Bulldogs trailed 41-20 and rallied to tie the game at 48 after a 1-yard run by Bo Taylor, who scored four touchdowns on five carries, and 64-yard TD connection from Cook to burning sophomore receiver Dalton Daum with 5:29 left in the game.
Daum caught seven passes for 142 yards and two touchdowns in the second half. He ended the night with 10 catches for 182 yards.
Seniors Bryce Armstrong and Kaedon Caprara also racked up 100-plus yards receiving. Armstrong, who caught a 9-yard pass on fourth down to set up Taylor’s last touchdown, caught 10 passes for 129 yards. Caprara caught eight for 118.
In all, Cook used six receivers. Jon Allen caught eight passes for 46 yards, while thight end Tyler Earles caught four for 34 yards and running back Zach Bunney grabbed two four 14.
Jake Eizenbarth, who scored on a 38-yard touchdown in the first quarter, ran for 75 yards on 12 carries.
Cook ran seven times for 51 yards, while Bunney ran for 36 yards and Taylor ran for 20. Taylor’s five carries included the TD runs of 1, 2, 4, and 9 yards.
Cook competed 41 of 61 passes .
“Butte is a dang good offensive football team,” Lebsock said. “They’re going to be good all year long.”
Butte High racked up 703 total yards.
Still, the Bulldogs couldn’t overcome the Wing-T, which racked up 461 yards on 61 rushes.
“We didn’t do a very good job getting off blocks and getting to the ball and getting angles,” Grey said. “When that happens you’re in trouble. We were back on our heels a little bit, and when you’re back on you heals, you’re in trouble.”
The Bulldogs also turned the ball over five times —twice on downs, once on an interception and twice on fumbles.
One fumble was a muffed punt that Set up an 8-yard TD pass from Cody Strong to Dane Muller, who out jumped a defender in the corner of the end zone.
That put the Falcons up 28-13 at halftime.
“When we look back at tonight, the thing that is going to hurt tonight is how missed opportunities that we had and how many things that we did to hurt ourselves,” Grey said. “Skyview is a quality team, but we did a lot of things to hurt ourselves tonight in all three phases of the game. When you do that against a team like Skyview, you know they’re going to get after you.”
The Falcons also got 70 yards and a a touchdown out of Nathan Borer, 67 yards rushing out of Matt Fuhrman and 62 yards and the game-winning score out of Picicci.
Furhman also caught two passes for 99 yards, including a 60-yard touchdown from Strong.
Lebsock, a 1974 Butte High graduate, scoffed at the suggestion that his offense is to credit for the big night against the Bulldogs.
“The thing about the Wing-T is it’s as good as the players you have,” Lebsock said. “We’ve got some great kids. They never give up and they work hard. It’s a matter of going out on the field and having fun. Tonight I think we had fun.”
The Falcons (1-1) head to Missoula to take on Big Sky next week. The Bulldogs (1-1) will be home, taking on Missoula Hellgate on Silver B’s Night.
First, Grey said his team has some work to do.
“We’ve got to learn from this and we’ve got to get better,” he said. “It’s a great learning experience for us right now.
“We’ll get better, I can guarantee you that,” Grey added. ” The kids will come ready to roll, and we’ll get it ironed out and ready to go next week.”
Cook set three records Friday night.
His 523 yards passing broke the record of 395 set by Matt Berg in 2010 against Missoula Sentinel.
In the same game, Berg also set the record fo total yards with 451. Cook racked up 574 Friday.
Finally, Cook’s 41 completions on 61 attempts shattered Berg’s record of 28.
Butte 13 0 14 21 — 48
Skyview 14 14 13 14 — 55
Skyview — Kam Kemmis 7 run (Cole Sowden kick), 6:33
Butte — Bo Taylor 2 run (Jake Dennehy kick), 3:22
Skyview — Alex Piecicci 2 run (Sowden kick), 1:34
Butte — Jake Eisenbarth 38 run (kick blocked), :33
Skyview — Matt Fuhrman 68 pass from Cody Strong (Sowden kick), 6:21
Skyview — Dane Muller 8 pass from Strong (Sowden kick), 1:34
Skyview — Drake Schafer 51 run (kick failed), 10:36
Butte — Taylor 4 run (Dennehy kick), 8:16
Skyview — Nathan Borer 29 run (Sowden kick), 3:17
Butte — Dalton Daum 8 pass from Dallas Cook (Dennehy kick
Butte — Taylor 9 run (Dennehy kick), 11:15
Skyview — Schafer 31 run (Sowden kick), 10:24
Butte — Taylor 1 run (Dennehy kick), 9:01
Butte — Daum 64 pass from Cook (Dennehy kick), 5:29
Skyview — Picicci 4 run (Sowden kick), 5:06
First downs 32 25
Rushes-yards 33-180 61-461
Comp.-Att.-Int. 41-61-1 4-8-0
Passing yards 523 116
Total yards 703 577
Punts-Ave. 3-43.3 3-35.3
Fumbles-lost 3-2 2-1
Penalties-yards 7-49 6-50
RUSHING — Butte, Eisenbarth 12-75, Cook 7-51, Zach Bunney 8-36, Taylor 5-20, team 1-(-2). Skyview, Schafer 16-239, Borer 12-70, Picicci 13-62, Fuhrman11-67, Kemmis 3-12, Gus Schaff 2-11, team 4-(-6).
PASSING — Butte, Cook 41-61-1-523. Skyview, Strong 4-7-0-116, Schaff 0-1-0-0/
RECEIVING — Butte, Daum 10-182, Bryce Armstrong 10-129, Kaedon Caprara 8-118, Jon Allen 8-46, Tyler Earles3-34, Bunney 2-14. Skyview, Fuhrman 2-99, Muller 2-17.