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Central takes on Glendive

Central's Marcus Wehr, left, tackles Glendive's Nelson Crisafulli during a game in Billings in September.

BOZEMAN — It was a whirlwind few days for Billings Central football player Marcus Wehr.

First, Wehr and the Rams returned to the top of the Class A heap by winning the state championship on Saturday with a 28-21 victory at Hamilton. It was Central’s fifth football title and its first since the 2012 season.

Two days later Wehr, a defensive lineman, made official his intention to play at the next level at Montana State, a decision he was leaning toward but didn’t want to commit to until his high school career was in the books.

“I was so bent on winning that state championship,” Wehr told 406mtsports.com. “I wasn’t really focused on college that much.”

About the same time Central beat Hamilton for the state title, Montana State was forging a dramatic comeback against rival Montana in Missoula in the 118th Brawl of the Wild game between the schools. The Bobcats, at one point in a three-touchdown hole, prevailed 29-25.

“They’re on the rise,” Wehr said of the Bobcats. “They won the Brawl the last three years. I like where they’re going.

“I’m going from one state championship team to another. So that’s pretty cool.”

Wehr, who stands 6-foot-3 and weighs 225 pounds, said the Bobcats have told him that they have him pegged as a defensive lineman and that he will redshirt next fall. Wehr said MSU offered him a partial scholarship covering his tuition.

Wehr said he became more serious about committing to MSU earlier in the fall when the Bobcats ramped up their recruitment of him. Wehr said special teams coach/director of high school relations B.J. Robertson and defensive line coach Byron Hout were his primary recruiters.

He said he plans to put pen to paper for the Bobcats during the early signing period in December.

Longtime Central coach Jim Stanton said the Bobcats are getting a solid defensive line prospect, and more.

“He’s got great quickness, good reaction, he holds the edge really well. He allowed us this year with his pressure to play more coverage than we normally could,” Stanton said. “He defends the run very well, and he’s got a pretty good nasty streak in him too, in a good way, so that’s definitely an upside for him, as well.

“Definitely an outstanding young man. A really good upside to him. He really loves playing the game, that’s for sure. He doesn’t mind the hard work and the grind, and so I think he’ll fit in really well. He’s a good student and a real good leader in our program.”

Wehr said he had received a similar offer from coach Bobby Hauck and Montana.

“Full respect to them,” Wehr said. “They’re a great program.”

Wehr said he also had interest from Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Carroll College in Helena and Dickinson State in North Dakota.

Wehr is the 13th confirmed commit to the Bobcats’ recruiting class for 2019. The other in-state commits include Helena safety/outside linebacker Alex Johnson and his teammate, offensive lineman Holden Sampson, Lewistown receiver Tanner Trafton, Bozeman High running back Joe Olson and Bozeman tight end Ryan Lonergan.

The out-of-state commits are made of up of Boise, Idaho offensive lineman Jack Vering; Danville, California lineman David Hayward; San Diego defensive end Blake Schmidt; Aurora, Colorado defensive end Hayden Isenhart; Chicago quarterback Hayden Ekern; Justin, Texas running back DeMareus Hosey; and Kennedale, Texas receiver Jaden Smith.

Stanton indicated that Central standout athlete Crishon Dixon is still undecided about his college path. Dixon posted to social media in August when he received an offer from the Bobcats.

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Email Greg Rachac at greg.rachac@406mtsports.com or follow him on Twitter at @gregrachac

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