Four Butte High players named first-team All-State

Four Butte High football players were named first-team All-State today, and another was named second team.

Seniors Dylan Snyder and Casey Kautzman and juniors Cameron Gurnsey and Zach Tierney made the first team. Senior Cole Stewart is a second-team selection.

Snyder, a Montana State commit, is Butte’s only two-way All-State player. He took home first-team honors as an “athlete” on defense. He was named to the second team as a receiver.

That comes after Snyder had a huge year for the Bulldogs, catching 37 passes for 571 yards and seven touchdowns in nine games. Three times he went over the century mark in receiving yards. He also racked up 38 total tackles to go along with a team-leading five sacks and eight quarterback hurries.

Kautzman made the first team as a kicker following a season in which he became Butte High’s all-time leader in pretty much every category. Kautzman booted 24 extra points and a school-record 13 field goals in 2021. He also set the school record with a 51-yard field goal.

Gurnsey is a first-team selection at receiver. He ranked among the leaders in Montana with 65 receptions for 967 yards. He caught six touchdown passes. Gurnsey went over 100 yards in receiving five times, including catching five passes for 158 yards and two scores in Butte High’s playoff loss to Kalispell Glacier.

Tierney made the team as a guard. That honor comes after Tierney helped lead a Bulldog offense that ran for 1,374 yards and eight touchdowns. He also helped protect for a passing game that put up 2,212 yards and 19 touchdowns.

Stewart makes the team as a second-team safety. The future Montana Tech Oredigger ranked second on the team with 68 total tackles despite missing the better part of three games with a shoulder injury. He returned to the team and played through injury to help the Bulldog playoff push.

Missoula Sentinel senior quarterback Zac Crews was named Class AA Offensive MVP. Sentinel senior linebacker Chase Williams took home Defensive MVP honors.

Click the links below to see all the players honored.

All-State Offense

All-State Defense