BROWNING — The Butte Central Maroons will forever be an answer to a trivia question.
The Maroons are the first football team to win a varsity game at Browning’s brand-new football stadium.
Senior Eyston Lakkala ran for 138 yards and three touchdowns Friday night, and Butte Central rolled to a 37-0 win over the Indians.
Konnor Pochervina and Luke Garrison also ran for touchdowns, and BC’s defense was lights out.
“Browning is athletic, and they’re gigantic up front,” Butte Central coach Don Peoples Jr. said. “I really felt our defense played great all night.”
The win evens BC’s record at 1-1 following last week’s forfeit against Polson. Peoples said it also gave the Maroons a lot to build on.
“There’s a lot of things we have to clean up, but I like the aggressiveness and how hard the kids played all night,” Peoples said. “We’re excited about how we played tonight.”
Lakkala scored on runs of 7 and 2 yards to open the scoring. Kyle Holter ran in a pair of 2-point conversions to make the score 8-0. Pochervina, who wore No. 25 because his No. 30 uniform did not fit, busted a 29-yard run to make it a 23-0 BC lead at halftime.
Lakkala added another 7-yard run, and Garrison scored from three yards out in the fourth quarter.
Holter picked off a pair of passes, and Jack Keely intercepted one to highlight BC’s defensive effort.
“It was a good first start,” Peoples said. “The kids are excited. They know they have a lot to work on and get better at. We played a lot of kids, too. That’s another good thing.”
Garrison passed for 99 yards, hitting six receivers. Dougie Peoples, Garrett Button, Eric Loos, Zane Moodry, Lakkala and Holter each caught a pass.
Jesse Carlson passed for 107 yards for Browning.
Peoples said Browning’s new stadium, which features artificial turf, is really something to see, and he praised the town for its crowd, atmosphere and opening ceremony.
“It was really a cool thing,” Peoples said. “They did a wonderful job dedicating their stating. It’s a beautiful stadium. We’re happy for Browning High School.”
Next week, Peoples could become an answer to a trivia question when the Maroons play host to Whitefish at Montana Tech’s Alumni Coliseum.
Friday’s win gave Peoples, who is in his 33rd year leading the Maroons, his 199th career victory.
Until Butte Central’s next victory, the only Mining City football coach with 200 wins is Swede Dahlberg, who won 222 games in 34 years with Butte High.
Butte Central 8 15 0 14 — 37
Browning 0 0 0 0 — 0
BC — Eyston Lakkala 7 run (Kyle Holter run)
BC — Lakkala 2 run (Holter run)
BC — Pochervina 29 run (Ethan Andersch kick)
BC — Lakkala 7 run (Andersch kick)
BC — Garrison 3 run (Andersch kick)
RUSHING — BC, Eyston Lakkala 23-138, Luke Garrison 6-13, Konnor Pochervain 2-38. Browning, Jesse Carlson 14-14, Payton Grant 9-29, Tommy Running Rabbit 2-5.
PASSING — BC, Garrison 6-19-0-99. Browning, Carlson 13-23-3-107.
RECEIVING — BC, Dougie Peoples 1-29, Garrett Button 1-23, Kyle Holter 1-20, Eric Loos 1-12, Zane Moodry 1-9, Lakkala 1-6. Browning, Justice Johnson 4-31, Running Rabbit 3-14, Grant 2-12, Maurice Red Horn III 1-40, Tayron Burdeau 1-2, David Sharp 1-8, Jamerson Lazy Boy 1-2.