After the first week of action in Montana Class AA football, Kalispell Glacier and the two Helena schools cruised to lop-sided wins, while Skyview, Senior, CMR and Flathead all won, but without as much breathing room.
After losing close contests to Butte High the last four years, Billings Senior got the nod last Friday at Daylis Stadium in the Magic City.
Senior saw sophomore quarterback Nathan Dick run an efficient option attack that netted 256 yards on the ground for the Broncs. Dick also connected on a 59-yard scoring pass to freshman Gabe Sulser early in the fourth quarter.
Butte got good news in the form of junior quarterback Dylan Cook, who showed that he’s ready to pick up where his older brother Dallas left off. Cook threw for 299 yards and three touchdowns, and still showed the ability to run. Dalton Daum, Paul Camp bell and Connor Lane were all on the receiving end of the touchdown throws.
Though Senior absorbed more in the way of penalties — 7-for-77 compared to 7-for-55 yards for Butte — the Bulldogs suffered the two biggest ones in terms of the game outcome in the fourth quarter. Two flags were waved off on Senior’s last touchdown at the 1:20 mark, while Butte picked up a tough down-field holding penalty that negated a touchdown pass.
Elsewhere in Class AA action last Friday:
Top-ranked Kalispell Glacier kept Billings West’s winless streak intact with a 31-7 defeat of the Bears in the game immediately preceding the Butte-Billings Senior tilt. The Wolfpack took advantage of three West turnovers while Brady McChesney passed for 273 yards and three touchdowns to three different receivers.
Billings Skyview saw Taylor Trollope catch a 45-yard pass from Logan Nelson in the third quarter, and the Falcon defense held on through the fourth to post a 21-17 win over homestanding Bozeman. Running back Justin Keeling scored on runs of 23 and 34 yards from the wing-T formation. “This is the first time that 90 percent of these kids ever played in a varsity football game,” Bozeman coach Troy Purcell told The Bozeman Daily Chronicle. The Hawks are coming off a 13-0 state title year where they outscored opponents by an average of 34 points per game.
Helena High posted 34 points in the second quarter in a 48-10 rout of Missoula Big Sky at County Stadium in Missoula. The Bengals took it personally when the Eagles took a 10-7 second-quarter lead on a 61-yard TD run by Cory Diaz, and scored the final 41 points of the game. Jackson Thennis passed for three Bengal touchdowns, while Lane Kokoruda had a pair of 53-yard touchdown receptions.
Helena Capital got off to a quick start, scoring all its points in the first half in a 36-6 rout of Missoula Hellgate. Mason Moe had 73 of Capital’s 152 rushing yards on a first-quarter touchdown run, while Gus Chancy passed for two touchdowns to Sean Mulcahy and ran for another from 13 yards out.
Andrew Grinde ran for three short-range touchdowns and also caught one for 72 yards as Great Falls Russell held off visiting Missoula Sentinel 33-28. CMR quarterback Dallas Farren sneaked in from a yard late in the game for the go-ahead score. The Spartans saw quarterback Kade Paffhausen throw for 374 yards, 102 to Alec Steele.
Kalispell Flathead got both rushing and receiving touchdowns from Josh McCracken in a narrow 13-12 win over Great Falls High. Alex Croymans’ PAT kick in the first quarter was the only successful one of the four conversion attempts, and made just enough difference. Flathead outrushed the Bison 215 yards to 65, while Great Falls outpassed the Braves 225 yards to 51.
Class AA games this week:
Butte (0-1) hosts Helena Capital (1-0) as the Bulldogs feature BAC night. Billings Senior (1-0) is at Missoula Big Sky (0-1), B illings Skyview (1-0) is at Flathead (1-0) and Bozeman (0-1) travels to Missoula to play Sentinel (0-1). Glacier (1-0) plays host to C.M. Russell (1-0), Helena High (1-0) is at Billings West (0-1) and Great Falls (0-1) hosts Missoula Hellgate (0-1).