MISSOULA — Times are good for football fans along Montana State Highway 1.
Not only did the Drummond-Philipsburg co-op bring home its first-ever state title as the conjoined forces of the Flint Creek Titans, but it placed five on the Class C 8-man all-state list, the most from the Western C. The Titans also took home 14 all-conference awards among seven different players.
Only two of those all-conference Titans were seniors, center Andrew Gomez and do-everything quarterback Colton Grange.
Grange, who was all-state as well as first-team all-conference at quarterback and inside linebacker, was named as one of the Western C's players of the year on both offense and defense. Joining Grange as OPOY was Charlo's Landers Smith, a first-team all-conference and all-state quarterback in his own right. Smith was also named first-team all-conference outside linebacker and kicker.
Plains' Jay VonHeeder, a senior, was named co-defensive player of the year along with Grange. The Horsemen also had Kyle Weeks, an all-conference defensive back and punt returner, make the all-state team.
Rounding out Flint Creek's all-staters were sophomore Jaxon Lee, and juniors Riley Allen, Colby Manley and Luke Holland.
Charlo teamed up for four all-staters including Smith. Toby Odom, Tyson Petticrew and Brady Fryberger all made the cut.
Darby's Dylan Parks and Lean Kayser made the all-state squad, as did Arlee's George Shick, Will Mesteth and Rory Bird. Victor's Eli Rosen was the lone Pirate to be named all-state out of five of his teammates who were awarded all-conference recognition. St. Ignatius' Gus Bosley and Twin Bridges' Kaleb Garrison were also named all-state.