Senior's Carter Garsjo

Billings Senior's Carter Garsjo jumps to catch the ball at Wendy's Field at Daylis Stadium on Friday. Billings Senior remains at No. 1 in this week's high school football rankings in Class AA.

BRONTE WITTPENN, Gazette staff

As the second half of the regular season gets underway and the playoffs near, each game is beginning to matter a little bit more for teams on the bubble. 

In Class B and 8-Man football over the weekend, some key upsets helped reshape this week's high school football rankings with even more newcomers making their debuts.

Starting with Class B, the top three stay the same as they have all month, led by defending champion Eureka (5-0). However previous No. 4 Colstrip (5-1) was defeated by Shepherd (3-3) over the weekend, and in turn falls to No. 6. Fairfield (5-0) moves up one spot to No. 4 while Manhattan (4-1) moves up two places to No. 5. Jefferson (5-1) was upset by Big Timber (3-3) by one point, and falls a spot to No. 7. Huntley Project (4-2) and Shelby (3-2) remain at Nos. 8-9, while the Herders make their season debut at No. 10. 

In 8-Man football, Joliet (5-1) upset previous No. 3 Hobson-Moore-Judith Gap on Saturday 42-36. As a result, the Titans fall three rungs to No. 6 while the J-Hawks jump back into the rankings for the first time since Week 3, coming in at No. 10. Charlo (6-0) and Belt (6-0) are the top two teams, while Forsyth (6-0), Ennis (5-1) and Great Falls Central (6-0) all move up one spot to round out the top five. Fairview (5-1) and Drummond-Phillipsburg (6-0) stay at Nos. 7-8, while Lone Peak (5-1) moves up a spot to No. 9.

Class AA saw some shifts as well, with Billings West (4-2), the winners of four in a row, debuting at No. 4. Billings Senior (6-0) and Helena (4-1) stay put at Nos. 1 and 2, while Helena Capital (5-1) moves up two spots to No. 3 after defeating Great Falls CMR 35-0. The Rustlers (3-3) fall to No. 5, while Missoula Big Sky falls off of the list for the first time this year. 

No changes were made to the Class A rankings this week. Dillon (5-0) continues to lead the group and will take on No. 3 Frenchtown (6-0), while No. 2 Sidney (6-0) will host No. 4 Laurel (6-0).

The top five in 6-Man stay the same as a week ago, led by Westby-Grenora (6-0). West Yellowstone (6-0) and White Sulphur Springs (6-0) each move up one spot to Nos. 6 and 7 respectively and both will clash this week on the field. Geraldine-Highwood (4-1) drops two spots to No. 8 after a two-point loss to No. 3 Valier (5-0). Big Sandy (5-1) moves up one spot to No. 9 while Sunburst (4-2) resurfaces on the rankings at No. 10, replacing Power-Dutton-Brady which they defeated 57-22 on Saturday.

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