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BILLINGS -- The small town of Eureka, roughly 10 miles south of the Canadian border in northwest Montana, will remember 2016-2017 as a season of firsts.

In November, Eureka's senior Austyn Sherwood caught a 38-yard touchdown pass on the last play of the State B championship game to give the Lions their sought-after first title.

Three months later, Sherwood was a member of the wrestling team that delivered another state championship to Eureka — again, the first wrestling title in school history.

"All the adults are coming up to me — everyone who has graduated from Eureka in years past — saying we are going to be a part of history," said Sherwood, who is in Billings along with three of his teammates to play in Friday's Class B All-Star football game at Rocky Mountain College.

The game has become a bit of a family tradition for the Sherwoods. Austyn's father also played in the Class B All-Star game, and still possesses his game helmet more than 20 years later.

If the North team is in need of some heroics late in the game Friday, Sherwood has proven to be a reliable choice.

With the clock winding down in last fall's football title game, and the Lions trailing Loyola Sacred Heart by three, Eureka was down to its last chance.

Only seconds remained, and a fourth-down Hail Mary was called. Lions' quarterback Garrett Graves told his players to get open, so Sherwood ran a deep post and caught a pass originally intended for receiver Bryant Little. 

Sherwood found the end zone and gave Eureka its state championship.

"That last drive is all just kind of a blur," he said. "We had to go, go, go."

Initially, Sherwood was unsure where he was once he caught the long toss. But he knew he had to get in the end zone.

"The next thing I know," he said, "my teammates are dogpiling me." 

Sherwood said no one slept on the 3 1/2 hour bus ride back to Eureka. Everyone was full of energy. A multitude of fire trucks, police cars and ambulances escorted the bus from Whitefish to Eureka, approximately a 45-minute drive.

Next year, the Eureka graduate will be representing the Carroll College Saints as a safety.

Sherwood has been working hard to prepare himself for football at the next level, but he still hopes to find time this summer to pursue his passion: fly fishing.

"Eureka is a great recreational place," he said.

Sherwood likes to fish the mountain lakes around Eureka, with his favorite being the Ten Lakes area.

But before he can reel in some rainbow trout this summer and put on a Carroll uniform in the fall, Sherwood will take the field Friday night with his fellow Class B All-Stars.

He'll take the field alongside his previous opponents, too. Four Loyola boys -- Kellen Round, Jacob Byrne, Luke Ward and Ken Roth -- will also suit up for the North.

"I know most of them pretty well already, but just playing with kids you've played against so long is a pretty neat experience," Sherwood said.

Kickoff is at 7 p.m. at Herb Klindt Field at Rocky Mountain College in Billings.

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