POLSON — Polson quarterback Jarrett Wilson is unquestionably the real thing.
At least he is if you ask the Butte Central Maroons.
Wilson, a sophomore who entered the night ranked No. 9 in the nation in passing yards, had a hand in all eight Polson touchdowns Friday night as the Pirates came from behind to beat Butte Central 56-27.
Wilson completed 35 of 42 passes for 529 yards and six touchdowns. He also ran for a TD and picked off a pass and returned it for a score.
Still, the Maroons held a 27-20 lead at halftime of the Western A battle.
Egan Lester ran for 182 yards and four touchdowns in the first half to put the Maroons on top. He scored on runs of 1, 38, 10 and 4 yards.
Wilson hooked up with Colton Graham for a 48-yard score with 8 minutes, 13 seconds left in the third quarter. He hit Graham again for the 2-point conversion to put the Pirates on top for good at 28-27.
That came after Wilson hit Ethan McCauley for a 26-yard touchdown in the first quarter. He scored on a 25-yard pick six and found Graham for a 1-yard TD in the second.
Wilson added a 21-yard strike to Xavier Fisher and a 20-yard TD run in the fourth quarter.
He hit Fisher for 47 and Graham for 19 in the fourth to finish the second half scoring.
Lester finished with 34 carries for 193 yards. Drew Badovinac, who entered the game banged up, shared quarterback duties and passed for 122 yards. Luke Garrison started behind center and passed for 48.
Kyle Holter, Konnor Pochervina, Dougie Peoples and Joseph Sehulster lead BC’s receiver corps.
The Maroons fell to 1-5 overall and 0-4 in conference play. Polson improved to 4-4 and 4-3.
Central will celebrate homecoming next week when the Maroons play host to Columbia Falls. The Maroons will close the season the following week at home against Stevensville.
Butte Central 14 13 0 0 — 27
Polson 6 14 22 14 — 56
BC — Egan Lester 1 run (Joseph Sholey kick), 8:45
BC — Lester 38 (Sholey kick), 6:35
POL — Ethan McCauley 26 pass from Jarrett Wilson (pass failed), 2:27
BC — Lester 10 run (Sholey kick), 9:06
POL — Wilson 25 interception return (Colton Graham from Wilson), 5:45
POL — Graham 1 pass from Wilson (Pass failed) 2:23
BC — Lester 4 run (kick failed) :39
POL — Graham 48 pass from Wilson (Graham from Wilson), 8:13
POL — Xavier Fisher 21 pass from Wilson (Graham from Wilson), 6:20
POL — Wilson 20 run (pass failed) 2:41
POL — Fisher 47 pass from Wilson (Wilson run), 5:37
POL — Graham 19 pass from Wilson (pass failed), 5:26
BC INVIDIDUAL STATISTICS
RUSING — Lester 34-193, Eyson Lakkala 3-23, Luke Garrison 5-11, Konnor Pochervina 4-6, Drew Badovinac 4-(-19).
PASSING — Badovinac 6-12-1-122, Garrison 4-8-1-48, Lakkala 1-1-0-30.
RECEIVING — Dougie Peoples 2-66, Joseph Sehulster 2-35, Kyle Holter 3-26, Pochervina 2-52.
(Note: receiving stats are not complete)