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The Blitz: Friday's high school football highlights (Sept. 16)

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Billings West football takes on Great Falls Bison at Daylis

Billings West's Daniel Teerink goes in for the first touchdown of the game during the Bear's game against the Great Falls Bison at Wendy's Field at Daylis Stadium in Billings on Friday night.

Scores from the fourth weekend of the 2022 high school football season in Montana.

Class AA

• Bozeman Gallatin 14, Billings Senior 10: Garrett Dahlke found Quinn Clark for a 5-yard touchdown pass with 2:47 remaining to lift the Raptors to their third win. Following the score, Senior drove to the Gallatin 3 yard-line with 1:50 remaining, but fumbled, and Clark recovered to seal the win. Bryce Mikkelson had a 19-yard run on the Raptors' game-winning drive and Evan Cherry caught a 13-yard pass. 

• Butte 40, Kalispell Flathead 0: The Bulldogs scored 20 second-quarter points and led 27-0 at halftime. Jace Stenson passed for 218 yards and a touchdown, Trey Hansen rushed for 66 yards and 4 scores, and Sean Ossello had 78 receiving yards as Butte shut out the Braves (1-3).

• Bozeman 49, Belgrade 6: Brady Casagranda intercepted a Diego Casas pass on Belgrade's first offensive series of the game and followed it up with a 6-yard touchdown run. The Hawks (2-2) would go on to score three touchdowns over the final five minutes of the first half to spoil Belgrade's homecoming game. Rocky Lencioni caught two touchdown passes from Kellen Harrison for Bozeman.

Lone Peak returns a kick for a touchdown against Cascade on Friday.

Helena Capital 56, Missoula Big Sky 7: The second-ranked Bruins rolled to 4-0, scoring 42 first-half points. Dylan Graham and Tom Carter each ran for 2 first-half touchdowns, and Carter caught a 47-yard touchdown pass from Joey Michelotti. Hayden Opitz also caught a touchdown pass from Michelotti in the first half.  

Billings West 14, Great Falls 0: Daniel Teerink ran for 89 yards on 16 carries, and scored the lone offensive touchdown for the fifth-ranked Golden Bears. Drew Humphrey's 72-yard interception for a touchdown sealed the win. Rafe Longin rushed for 77 yards to lead Great Falls.

Great Falls CMR 63, Billings Skyview 0: Cole Taylor rushed for two touchdowns and passed for two others. AJ Lafurge scored three first-half rushing touchdowns and the Rustlers (3-1, 1-1) defense racked up two interceptions and a blocked punt in a rout of the Falcons (0-4, 0-2).

• Missoula Sentinel 38, Kalispell Glacier 31: The Spartans win streak survived a tough challenge from the Wolfpack. After Glacier jumped out to a 14-point first-quarter lead, two long touchdowns by Adam Jones got the Spartans back in the game. Kash Goicoechea's 16-yard run pulled Glacier to within 28-21 late in the third quarter, but the Spartans' Riley Allen answered with a 22-yard touchdown pass to Tytan Cooney to give Sentinel a 2-touchdown lead. 

Thursday

Helena 42, Missoula Hellgate 15: After trailing 15-7 at halftime, the Bengals (3-1) scored three third-quarter touchdowns and never looked back. Carter Kraft threw touchdown strikes to Manu Melo and Carson Anderson and ran for a 44-yard touchdown in the quarter. The Helena offense continued rolling in the fourth, with Ryan Frisinger scoring on a 6-yard run and Cade Holland catching a 4-yard touchdown pass from Kraft. Connor Dick threw a 51-yard touchdown pass and ran for another score for Missoula (1-3).

Class A

Billings Central 35, Havre 0: Kade Boyd rushed for three touchdowns and caught an Adam Balkenbush pass for a fourth score for the undefeated Rams. Tommy Norman threw a touchdown pass to Jack Debourg as the Rams stayed at the top of their division.

Polson 47, Ronan 12: The Pirates took a 34-0 first-half lead and cruised to their fourth straight win. Jarrett Wilson passed for 293 yards and ran for 4 touchdowns, Owen McElwee caught a 79-yard touchdown strike from Wilson, and Keyen Nash added a touchdown run for fourth-ranked Polson.

East Helena 47, Browning 13: The Vigilantes notched their first-ever victory as a Class A football program. Cole Richmond rushed for two touchdowns, Braden Howell tossed a touchdown pass to Kaeben Bushnell and ran for another score. Hayden Wright also found paydirt for the Vigilantes in the fourth quarter.

• Hamilton 42, Butte Central 0: Tyson Bauder accounted for four touchdowns, two rushing and two passing, as the Broncs spoiled homecoming in Butte to remain undefeated.  Isaiah Van de Baan was on the receiving end of one of those and also pulled down an interception on defense. Andrew Frederick also rushed for two touchdowns.

Whitefish 33, Stevensville 6: Fynn Ridgeway threw a pair of touchdown passes to Clayton Godsey and ran for two scores, and the Bulldogs moved to 3-1 on the year. Gracen Trevino threw a touchdown pass to Kellen Beller for the Yellowjackets.

• Lockwood 49, Sidney 19: The Lions, playing their first varsity season, picked up the school’s first football win by beating the Eagles at home. Lockwood High School opened its doors to freshmen only in 2019 and played a sub-varsity schedule until this season. The Lions (1-3) opened the season with losses to Billings Central, Laurel and Miles City.

Frenchtown 38, Corvallis 0: Eli Qunn threw a pair of first-half touchdown passes, including a 72-yard bomb to Kellen Klimpel. Carter White rushed for two second-half touchdowns, and Noah Rausch ran for another.

Class B

• Jefferson 34, Florence-Carlton 27: The Panthers held off a late surge from the top-ranked and defending champion Falcons for the upset at home and broke a 15-game win streak stretching back to November 2020. Luke Oxarart threw one touchdown to Jace Oxarart and ran for two to lead Jefferson. Pat Duchien threw for two first-half touchdowns and ran for two in the second-half for the Falcons.

8-Man

Forsyth 22, Park City 12: Playing  at Washington-Grizzly Stadium, the Bobcats ran their record to 4-0 as Orion Plakke tossed a pair of touchdown passes and Decker Milender found the end zone.

St. Ignatius 72, Arlee 22: Kellen McClure tossed three touchdown passes in the first quarter and ran for two more scores as the Bulldogs erupted for 42 first-quarter points and won their fourth straight.

6-Man

Big Sandy 56, Power-Dutton-Brady 0: Bradydon Cline threw four touchdown passes in the first quarter and the Pioneers remained undefeated, handing the Titans their first loss of the season. Kody Strutz reeled in 2 touchdown catches and returned an interception for a score. Wylie Snapp and Rusty Gasvoda also caught touchdown passes.

• Centerville 64, Harlowton-Ryegate-Judith Gap 28: The Miners erupted for a 30-point second quarter and then held the Engineers scoreless throughout the second half to improve to 3-1. Ethan Upchurch rushed for two touchdowns and Luke Kelly threw for five touchdowns - two each to Keegan Klasner and Kale Annie with one to Mason Kerkes - and rushed for one more. The Engineers' Tyrus Hall and Bergen Mysse each found the endzone twice.

This will be updated as scores are reported to the portal at 406mtsports.myteamscoop.com.

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