Central faces off against Havre

Havre’s Kellen Derrick (25) plows into the end zone for a touchdown Friday against Billings Central.


Class AA

• Top-ranked Butte is one win away from completing its first perfect season since its undefeated 1991 championship run. Tommy Mellott accounted for three scores and Kameron Moreno had two rushing TDs as the Bulldogs held off Missoula Big Sky 43-20 at MCPS to improve to 8-0, clinch the Western AA title and earn a first-round bye in the upcoming playoffs. The Bulldogs struck first on a 64-yard scoring pass from Mellott to Braydon Cetraro early in the first quarter to take a 7-0 lead. Butte cashed in again shortly after on a 4-yard fullback plunge from junior Aidan Lee.

Connor Ryan took the opening kick 86 yards for a score and Billings West notched its first shutout of the season in a 56-0 Eastern AA win over winless Belgrade. Demarcus Carr rushed for two touchdowns, Josh Erbacher threw touchdown passes to Ryan and Neil Daily, and Hayes Rohloff and Logan James each got in the end zone as the No. 2 Golden Bears improved to 7-0 overall and 5-0 in the Eastern AA. 

• Helena Capital's Kadyn Craigle scored the second of his two touchdown runs with 2:16 left in the fourth quarter and the fifth-ranked Bruins slipped by Missoula Hellgate 33-28. The Knights went up by a point with a little over six minutes left in the game on a 13-yard rush from quarterback Rollie Worster, but struggled to get the defensive stop they needed. Worster also threw an 81-yard strike late in the second quarter to Brayden Terzo. Hellgate had an opportunity to win the game with a last-gasp drive in the fourth quarter, but was derailed by three snaps over Worster's head. Worster was also injured with 56 seconds left in the third quarter and missed several plays. He was able to return to the game on the next Capital offensive possession, playing his usual defensive back spot. 

• Quarterback Dayton Bay led a 96-yard drive, capping it with a 5-yard TD pass to Preston Jones with 4:20 to play to give Missoula Sentinel a 14-point lead, and the No. 3 Spartans fended off stingy Helena 21-14 on a blustery evening. Bay also had a 4-yard touchdown run. Kaden Huot threw two TD passes for Helena, including a 33-yarder to Kyler Tesch with 2:42 remaining to bring the Bengals within seven. An onside kick attempt was recovered by Sentinel. 

JT Allen threw two touchdown passes, and Drew Deck ran for one and caught one as Kalispell Glacier overwhelmed Kalispell Flathead 42-0. Deck had a rushing TD from 57 yards and caught an 18-yarder from Allen, whose other TD went for 18 yards to Luke Bilau

Class A

Cade Baker threw five touchdown passes -- three to Jace Klucewich -- and No. 5 Frenchtown remained in a three-way tie for first with 53-7 road trouncing of Columbia Falls. Klucewich also added rushing TDs from 3 and 29 yards out as the Broncs built a 40-0 halftime lead. Baker's scoring tosses covered 12, 70 and 73 yards to Klucewich, 5 yards to Hank Rugg and 13 to Aidan Cyr.

Marcus Wittman accounted for four touchdowns to help Billings Central beat Havre 42-22 at Herb Klindt Field and snap a two-game losing streak. Wittman opened and ended the scoring with quarterback sneaks, and he connected with Charlie Parkan for TDs of 25 and 35 yards. Derek Damjanovich ran for a 67-yard score, and Michael Hayden found the end zone on a 10-yard run. Rams junior kicker Camden Casper unofficially broke the Montana high school for most career extra points (he’s made 131). For the Blue Ponies, Kellen Detrick rushed for two touchdowns (from 15 and one yard), and Mason Dionne ran 23 yards for the other score.

Nelson Crisafulli ran for five touchdowns as Glendive cruised past Hardin 41-20. Connor Schwend's two TD passes was a highlight for Hardin, which got a third score on a toss from Famous Lefthand to John Mehling

Carson Rostad threw three touchdown passes and ran for two more to lead No. 3 Hamilton rolled up 497 yards in rolling past Libby 35-21, the Loggers' second straight loss. Rostad connected with his brother Tyson Rostad from 26 yards out to start the Broncs'  scoring and then added 1- and 3-yard runs for a 21-7 lead. Jay Beagle and Jeff Offenbecher threw for Libby's two TDs.

Thomas McGree ran for two touchdowns abnd threw for another for Butte Central in a 35-12 pasting of Polson. Egan Lester ran for 154 yards and a touchdown for the Maroons. Bo Kelley accounted for 153 yards for Polson, including a 63-yard TD pass to Trevor Schultz

Carson Hunter threw for eight touchdowns as No. 1-ranked Miles City (7-0) rolled 55-8 at Lewistown (4-3). Four of Hunter’s TD passes went to senior Jess Bellows, three went to fellow junior Jayden Venable and the eighth found the hands of senior Dayron Johnson. Hunter amassed more than 330 yards on his touchdown passes alone.

Jack Alton opened the scoring with a 26-yard run and closed it with a 30-yarder to lead Whitefish past Stevensville 27-6. Ian Calloway added a 32-yard interception return for a score for the Bulldogs.

Class B

Finnegan Davis scored three touchdowns, and Braden Tomlin and Jay Jetmore each added two apiece as No. 3 Red Lodge kept rolling with a 61-6 pounding of Roundup. Tomlin opened the game with a 90-yard kickoff return and also had an 18-yard run. Davis' scores came from 4, 6 and 22 yards out. Jaetmore scored back-to-back TDs in the third quarter as the Rams (7-0) took a 54-0 lead.

Jaxson Yanzick returned the opening kickoff for an 87-yard touchdown to jump-start Jefferson to a 28-0 romp over Bigfork. Midway through the first quarter, Yanzick added another touchdown on a 7-yard rushing score to give the Panthers a 14-0 lead after the first frame. Jefferson expanded its lead in the second quarter with a 6-yard touchdown pass from Braden Morris to tight end Josiah Williams. The Panthers struck again just before the half on a 33-yard pass from Morris to Avery Stiles to take a 27-0 lead into the break.

• Deer Lodge cruised to its second straight victory, downing winless Anaconda 43-0. The Wardens scored first on a 4-yard touchdown pass from Judd Applegate to Teegan Shafer. The pair connected again for a 25-yard score early in the first quarter to give Deer Lodge a 12-0 lead. Applegate added an 8-yard touchdown run with 9:15 remaining in the second quarter as the Wardens took an 18-0 lead. He then added another rushing score, this one from 5 yards out, to give Deer Lodge a 25-0 lead at halftime. Shafer then hauled in his third touchdown catch of the game and increased Deer Lodge’s lead to 37-0 with under five minutes remaining in the third quarter.

Braden Lammers tossed four touchdown passes -- three to Mason Faulk -- and Levi Beeler ran for two scores as Shepherd overwhelmed Colstrip 52-6. The Lammers-to-Faulk connections went for 27, 25 and 20 yards. Beeler's two scores covered 51 and 2 yards. 

• A Hail Mary pass that bounced off a defender provided the spark and No. 8 Florence earned its first victory in 17 years over No. 6 Missoula Loyola 39-21. Senior quarterback Colby Kohlman threw for four touchdown passes and had two rushing touchdowns for the Falcons. Kohlman connected with Blake Shoupe from 29 yards out to start Florence's scoring, and then on the final play of the first half Shoupe caught a Hail Mary from Kohlman in the end zone after it bounced off a Rams defender. Kohlman and Shoupe also connected for one other TD pass. 

• No. 4 Manhattan used two fourth-quarter touchdowns to break away from No. 7 Townsend for a 34-14 win to remain unbeaten. The Tigers took an early 21-0 lead with the first two scores coming on TD passes from Lane Veltkamp to Kyle Hotveldt, from 35 and 55 yards away. Veltkamp threw three TD passes overall and Garrit Weeda scored twice for Manhattan. 

Keeley Bake ran for two scores and threw for two more as No. 1 Fairfield to continue to flex its muscle with a 34-0 romp over No. 5 and previously unbeean Malta. Bake threw a 36-yard pass to Gavin Mills to open the scoring in the first quarter, scored from 5 yards away in the second and then tossed a 17-yard pass to Gaice Blackwell with nine seconds to play in the half for a 20-0 lead at the break. Bake added a 6-yard run in the third quarter. 


Kaimen Evans scored three early touchdowns, including two on passes from Hunter Vogl, and TJ Hennes added two rushing scores to lift Belt to a surprise win over No. 9 Shelby 46-16. Vogl and Evans connected from 20 yards out for the game's first score, Vogl added a TD from 25 yards away and then Evans crossed the goal line after a 40-yard jaunt. After a Shelby score, Vogl and Evans hooked up from 77 yards. A 50-yard scoring pass fro Taylor Parsons to Tanner Watson provided the Coyotes' only early excitement.

• Hayden Ward rushed for four touchdowns and teammate Caleb Bailey added a score to lead Joliet over Absarokee 48-0. 

Frankie Starz's 16-yard touchdown pass to Austin Samuels capped a wild fourth quarter as Lone Peak rallied past Twin Bridges 18-16. With the Bighorns leading 6-0 entering the fourth quarter, both teams scored twice. Bryce Nye's 14-yard pass to Nate Koner gave Twin Bridgers a 16-12 lead before Samuels' game-winner. Starz and Samuel connected from 9 yards out to start the fourth quarter scoring before Koner answered with a 5-yard run. 

Nelson Smith ran for two touchdowns and passed for a third to Jordan Anderson as Darby cruised to a 42-14 win over Charlo. Deric Parks also scored twice on the ground for the Tigers, from 4 and 38 yards out. Smith's running TDs covered 2 and 5 yards. Nelson ran for 94 yards and threw for 81.

Bryan Mask tossed three touchdown passes, two to Isaiah Kovalsky, and Jake Callaway scored twice to lead No. 3 Alberton-Superior (Clark Fork) to a 46-12 pasting of Plains. Mask threw 1- and 62-yarders to Kovalsky and a 25-yarder to Callaway, whose rushing TD came from 38 yards away to open the scoring. 


Brandon Knudsen rushed 34 times for 276 yards and four touchdowns in fourth-ranked Hot Springs' 46-6 win over visiting White Sulphur Springs. Knudsen scored on runs of 6, 6, 21 and 40 yards. Kyle Lawson added three catches for 85 yards and Jack McAllister led the defense with eight tackles and also caught a 6-yard TD pass from Knudsen. Luke Waterbury added two 1-yard dives for scores as Hot Springs improved to 8-0.

Josh Baldwin and Rylan Weltz each ran for three touchdowns as Noxon had little trouble with Valley Christian 56-19. Baldwin had scoring jaunts of 12, 6 and 18 yards, and Weltz did his work from 27, 5 and 21 yards. Jared Webley added a 50-yard kick return for the Red Devils. Eyan Becker ran for a score and threw for another for Valley Christian. 


Class AA

• Jensen Keller had six aces, 19 assists and eight digs, and teammate Bailey King chipped in with 17 kills and four blocks to lead Billings Senior over Bozeman 25-23, 14-25, 25-15, 25-20. Bozeman’s Emma Fox had 34 assists and Molly O’Conner had 19 digs.

Class C

Kendyll Story was all over the floor with 12 kills and 18 digs, and Jaden Boardman had 12 assists and a block as Park City took a 24-26, 25-23, 25-23, 25-17 victory over Denton-Geyser-Stanford. D-G-S was led by Sydney Von Bergen with nine kills and 36 digs, and Mariah Schott with nine kills, 13 assists and five aces. 

Layni Schieffer had 55 assists, 17 digs and three aces, and Marni Schieffer pounded 23 kills to power Wibaux over Ekalaka 22-25, 25-17, 25-13, 25-10. Heather LaBree's eight kills and 11 assists led Ekalaka. 

Cross Country

• Lewistown's Sam Fulbright and Laurel's Andria Mourich were the winners of the Eastern A Fall Classic cross country meet at Riverfront Park. Fulbright won in 15:57.16. Billings Central's Dylan Wichman was second in 16:00.26. Lewistown won the boys team title with 38 points, followed by Hardin with 42 and Livingston with 99. Mourich clocked a 19:41.37 and her teammate, Carly Cook was second in 19:49.50. Hardin runners placed 3-6 and eighth as the three-time defending state champions were the team champions with 26 points. Laurel was second with 44 and Lewistown third with 83.

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