Montana Tech head football coach Chuck Morrell announced two major signings for the Orediggers. From this fall’s state champion Bozeman Hawks, Hunter Gappmayer and Jack Hape committed to the green and copper.
Gappmayer is considered one of the top running backs in the state this year.
“Hunter has been a key offensive weapon in the AA ranks for the last couple of years, and will be an integral part of the Oredigger offense going forward,” said Coach Morrell. “In order to be successful in the Frontier over the course of the season you have to establish a solid rushing attack.”
The 5-foot-9, 200-pound Gappmayer finished the season with 1,256 yards and a state-leading 25 touchdowns. The first-team All-State back dominated opposing defenses averaging 8.4 yards per carry and 179.4 yards a game. He bested the next running back in the rankings by more than 50 yards per game. Gappmayer registered a six-touchdown game last fall.
As a junior, Gappmayer helped lead Bozeman to its first of two state championship appearances. He posted 1,389 yards on the ground at a 4.9 average. He was also selected first team All-State after his 2012 campaign.
“Hunter had a monster career for the Hawks, and is someone we targeted here at Tech for quite some time,” Morrell said Morrell. “He can run the football with power and get the tough yards required in the Frontier conference, but also has the balance and vision required to break big runs.”
Also selected to the Great Falls Tribune Super-State Team this year, Gappmayer is touted as one of the strongest players on the 2014 State Championship team. He squats 550 pounds.
“His stature, strength and running style are very similar to our long-time leader and captain Pat Hansen, who will be a senior for us this fall,” Morrell said.
Hansen, who sizes up at 5-9 and 190-pounds, currently sits at 3,610 career rushing yards and is paced to set the Tech career rushing record next season. Don Heater is the current record holder with 4,385 yards.
“The thing for people to know about Hunter is that he is a young man of high character and has been excellent in the classroom,” Morrell said. “There is no doubt in my mind that he will quickly become a leader for the Orediggers with his work ethic and style of play.”
Not only a threat on the field, Gappmayer is strong in the classroom as well. Gappmayer brings a 3.9 GPA to the Mining City. His parents are Alison and Charley.
Hape was part of the front five that helped Gappmayer achieve his status.
“Much of Bozeman’s success this past season was due in part to some great line play,” Morrell said.
The 6-4, 258-pound offensive guard was part of the Hawks’ dominant offense that ranked second in total offense (4,950 yards) and yards per game (495 yards/gm) and first in almost every other offensive category: touchdowns (69), yards per play (8.2), scoring offense (51.2) and passing efficiency (181). The Bozeman offense averaged 230.9 yards on the ground and 264.1 through the air, ranking third in the state in both categories. Hape was selected first-team All-State.
“Jack was certainly a huge part of their physical offense,” Morrell said. “You can’t be as successful as Bozeman was running the ball without the guys up front doing the dirty work. Jack is certainly not afraid to mix it up and is very athletic for a big body.”
Hape, the son of Scott and Donna, was selected Academic All-State in track and field as well as football. He carries a 3.87 GPA.
— Montana Tech Sports Information