MILES CITY (AP) - Malta running back Chance Demerais scored three touchdowns as the Montana All-Stars defeated the North Dakota All-Stars 54-14 in the 15th annual Knights of Columbus Badlands Bowl on Saturday night.
Montana led 34-0 at halftime.
Billings Central's Jordan Heringer had two interceptions for Montana. He returned one 28 yards for a touchdown. On North Dakota's next drive, Billings West's Russey Schey returned an interception 56 yards for a touchdown to give Montana a 27-0 lead at the 8:07 mark of the second quarter.
North Dakota scored 14 unanswered points to start the second half, but Montana's defense clamped down.
Missoula Big Sky running back Beau Donaldson was the Offensive MVP for Montana with 123 total yards and a touchdown.
Heringer, who won the Defensive MVP award with two interceptions and a touchdown, also took a punt return to the end zone but it was called back on a penalty.
Dickinson receiver Tyler Steffan was named the North Dakota Offensive MVP. He caught three balls for 89 yards, including a 50-yard touchdown. Alex Hooey, of Fargo South, was named the North Dakota Defensive MVP. Hooey had a fumble recovery early in the game.
Montana leads the Badlands Bowl series 10-5.
North Dakota 0 0 14 0 - 14
Montana 1 4 20 0 20 - 54
Mont. - Demarais 10 run (Schey kick), 7:19
Mont. - Donaldson 34 pass from Hunt (Schey kick), :34
Mont. - Heringer 37 interception return (Schey kick), 11:15
Mont. - Schey 56 interception return (kick failed), 8:07
Mont. - Demarais 2 run (Schey kick), 3:58
ND - Steffan 50 pass from Wentz (Kuik kick), 13:14
ND - McAtee 2 run (Kuik kick), 4:12
Mont. - Gratton 14 pass from Paine (Schey kick), 14:13
Mont. - Gallagher 5 pass from Paine (Schey kick), 12:00
Mont. - Demarais 5 run (kick failed), 5:58
Rushing - North Dakota: Braun 12-58, Zinke 8-14, Ingamansen 5-12, McAtee 5-12, Schlosser 1-2, Wentz 5-(-13). Montana: Donaldson 16-94, Demarais 8-29, Hickey, 8-29, Paine 8-152, Gratton 2-5, Lamping 2-5, Hunt 6-(-10).
Passing - North Dakota: Wentz 7-17-104-2, Zinke 6-11-95-2. Montana: Paine 12-16-86-0, Hunt 5-7 108-1.
Receiving - North Dakota: Steffan 3-94, Duchscher 4-35, Schlosser 3-44, Wisthoff 3-26. Montana: Gallagher 4-59, Lamping 4-27, Gratton 3-44, Cady 3-29, Donaldson 2-34, Hardy 1-1.