WHITEFISH — Six Montana Tech football players were named to the 2018 All-Conference football team.
Frontier Conference Commissioner Kent Paulson unveiled the team today. (2018 Football All-Conference team)
Orediggers Jed Fike, Trevor Hopf, Dion Williams and Connor Wines earned a spot on the first team. Chance Hansen and Demaree Morris were named to the second team.
The honor is the second in as many years for Fike, a junior who won the Frontier Conference rushing title for the second straight year with 1,340 yards on the ground. He ran for nine touchdowns.
Fike ranked fourth in the nation in total yards and fifth in yard per game. He averaged 5.2 yards per game. Fike also caught 16 passes for 136 yards and a score.
Hopf, a senior, was the leader of the offensive line that paved the way for Fike. Hopf and the Tech offensive line helped the Orediggers average 175.6 rushing yards per game.
Williams is a senior who was named to the team for the third time. The Fairfield, California, product led the Frontier in receptions for the second straight season. He broke three records that were on the Oredigger books for 20 years.
Williams finished his career with 200 receptions, 2,695 receiving yards and 23 receiving touchdowns, all school records.
Wines is a first-team all-conference player for the second time. The Gardiner native finished the year with 12 tackles for loss and seven sacks. Wines also had an interception and three forced fumbles. Wines registered three sacks in Tech’s home win over Southern Oregon.
Hansen was named to the second team for the second year in a row. The senior defensive lineman finished the season with three and a half sacks and nine tackles for a loss. The Idaho Falls, Idaho, native had 44 total tackles.
Morris is a junior transfer from Elk Grove, California. The defensive back ranked fifth in the Frontier in passes defended breaking up 14 and grabbing one interception.
Montana Tech redshirt junior Clay Dean, a Butte High graduate who missed the season with an injury, was named a Champion of Character. Dean graduate in May.
Montana Western junior linebacker Jason Ferris was named the Defensive MVP. The Dillon native led the Bulldogs — and the Frontier — with 125 tackles. He picked off three passes and registered two sacks.
Ferris is joined on the all-conference team by teammates Walker McKitrick and Conlan Smith. McKitrick, a junior from Ennis, made the squad as a receiver. Smith, a senior from Idaho Falls, Idaho, received a nod as a defensive lineman.
Western defensive back Tristen Clark, a senior from Deer Lodge, was named a Champion of Character.
Rocky Mountain College senior quarterback Jacob Bakken was named Offensive MVP after leading the Battlin’ Bears to the Frontier Conference title. The Wibaux native passed for 3,448 yards and 35 touchdowns. He threw just seven interceptions in 12 games.
Bakken is the conference’s nominee for the NAIA Player of the Year.
Rocky third-year head coach Jason Petrino took home his first Frontier Conference Coach of the Year Award.