Following a scrimmage that saw the West team run about 100 plays Monday morning, head coach Arie Grey couldn’t point to one thing that he really liked about his team.
That’s because he basically liked everything.
Just six practices in, and the West team looks almost game ready as it practices at Montana Tech for Saturday’s 67th Montana East-West Shrine Game.
“I was really happy with everybody,” Grey, Butte High’s head coach, said after the scrimmage on Montana Tech’s Bob Green Field. “Both quarterbacks moved the ball. The defense had some big stops. Defensively we were really good in the end zone.
“We’ll take a lot from it,” Grey said. “We’ll make some adjustments and the rest of the week we’ll focus on what we think they’re going to do.”
Dawson Reardon and Quinn McQueary both did some big things at quarterback.
Reardon, a Helena High graduate who will play for Montana Tech, tossed three touchdowns. He hit Butte High’s Zach Bunney, Missoula Sentinel’s Jake Messerly and Kalispell Glacier’s Kyle Griffith for scoring strikes.
McQueary, a future Montana State Bobcat from Manhattan, found Griffith, who dazzled teammates, coaches and the small crowd on had with a handful of highlight-reel catches, for a touchdown.
Bunney, a running back, also got in on the action, tossing a TD pass to Missoula Loyola graduate Josh Janssen.
Another offensive star was former Helena Capital graduate Gunnar Brekke, who busted through the middle for a touchdown run of about 60 yards.
“Talent wise, every position is pretty good,” Grey said. “They’re great kids. Anything you give them to do, they’ll do it. No attitude problems, no issues, no nothing. They just do everything we ask them to do.”
On the other side of the ball, Missoula Big Sky grade Cole Baker, Twin Bridges star Cole Miotke and Glacier’s Reid Siderius all picked off passes.
Big Sky’s Jay Owens had the hit of the day on a pass play over the middle.
Grey also praised Nico Graham of Missoula Big Sky. The receiver is handling kicking duties this week. He appears to be a solid option for field goals for the West team.
The Shrine Game kicks off at 7 p.m. Saturday at Butte High’s Naranche Stadium.