After losing a game to poor air quality on the prep football season's opening night, Missoula will finally get to host two games as Big Sky and Hellgate look to pick up their first wins of the season on their home field.
Big Sky will kick off the doubleheader at Missoula County Stadium at 4 p.m. as it hosts Billings Senior. Hellgate follows at 7:30 against Helena Capital.
Missoula's other Class AA school, Sentinel, will travel to Butte also in search of its first win.
Hellgate was supposed to kick off the prep season in Missoula last week with a game against Bozeman, but as air quality worsened throughout the week officials at Hellgate and Bozeman agreed Thursday afternoon to move the game east to Van Winkle Stadium.
Second-year Hellgate coach Matt Softich believes the late decision played a part in Bozeman's 56-7 win over the Knights.
"You say you can be a road warrior and you say you can make things happen, they tried their best, but it wasn't the same," Softich said. "It wasn't the same as opening in front of their family and friends.
"That's the game you look at all season since the schedule comes out with that home opener. I think that affected them a little bit not being able to do that, but this week they're very excited."
Hellgate is after its first win since 2012.
The Knights will have to find a way to break through against a Capital defense that held Billings West to just 127 yards in a 30-8 win. Softich hopes that a full week practicing outside in real football conditions will help his team execute its game plan better than it did against Bozeman.
"If we can move the ball, keep the defense off the field and get a few three-and-outs, I think we'll be competitive against these guys," Softich said.
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Big Sky is in a similar position, though it nearly left Great Falls with a win.
Trailing 29-21 late in the fourth, Big Sky was driving before quarterback Tyler Ogilvie threw his second interception of the game, sealing the loss.
Now the Eagles will face Billings Senior, which employs one of the state's most dynamic offenses. Last week in a 40-3 win over Sentinel, the Broncs produced a number of plays of 20 yards or more, including a 63-yard double-reverse pass to sophomore sensation Gabe Sulser.
Sulser teamed with quarterback Nate Dick to frustrate Sentinel's defense.
Sentinel takes to the road a second time to play Butte and will wait until pregame warmups to find out which Butte quarterback it will be defending.
Spartans coach Dane Oliver said he was told Dylan Cook, the Bulldogs' all-state quarterback, suffered a stinger and will be ready to play. Other reports have the signal caller out a while longer.
Either way, Oliver said he will prepare his Spartans for Butte, not for Cook or backup quarterback Ty Peterson, who stepped in and helped guide the Bulldogs to a double-overtime win over Billings Skyview.
"Knowing coach (Arie) Grey, they tend to have a philosophy and an identity. They'll throw a few wrinkles in, but they're going to be a no-huddle, spread attack either way," Oliver said.
Oliver said that after reviewing the tape, the Spartans have some areas they need to clean up, but he is confident his young offense will be more prepared after a getting some game experience under its belt.
Loyola Sacred Heart also hits the road, traveling to defending Class B champion Townsend. The Rams are playing their first game after the season opener against Libby was canceled.