MISSOULA — Despite its efforts to break a losing streak dating back to 2012, the Missoula Hellgate football team dropped a 27-7 decision to Billings Skyview Friday under the lights at Washington-Grizzly Stadium.
Hellgate started the game with a bang, recovering a surprise onside kick. However on the very next play the Knights fumbled, giving Skyview excellent field position that led to a rushing touchdown by Dalton Macy.
Skyview followed that up with another scoring drive resulting in a rushing touchdown for Logan Rodacker.
Skyview coach Ron Lebsock credited his running backs for their relentless style. Macy and Rodacker combined for over 200 yards and four touchdowns.
“Our running backs played hard and one of the under looked things is they blocked hard for each other,” Lebsock said.
Hellgate failed to score on its first four possessions, consistently driving before coming up short on fourth down. Quarterback Rollie Worster ran for 85 yards and came away with the Knights' lone touchdown in the second quarter.
Worster attempted to bring Hellgate back through the air late in the second quarter but threw a interception to Skyview’s Ty Hickey near the redzone.
Lebsock opted for a fake field goal attempt midway through the third quarter that Ceaton Oliver snuffed behind the line. In the fourth quarter Skyview closed the game out with a late rushing touchdown by Macy.
The win was Skyview's first in two years, boosting its record to 1-5. Lebsock put into perspective the win.
“This is a great place to play. Hellgate keeps getting better and they played a helluva game,” said Lebsock. “I’m proud of the kids and the way they improved these last two years. They never gave up.”
Hellgate (0-6) will battle Sentinel Friday night while Skyview will travel to Great Falls to take on CMR.