Big Timber Loyola

With the Crazy Mountains as a backdrop, Big Timber's Casey Gunlikson races down the right sideline against Missoula Loyola on Saturday. Big Timber took a 6-0 lead but Loyola rallied to win the Class B semifinal and will play host to Fairfield on Saturday for the championship.


Class A

• Hamilton reached the championship game for the second straight year, this time with a 41-27 semifinal win over the team that beat them in the title game last year, Columbia Falls. The Broncs (11-0) will play host to Billings Central (11-0) next Saturday in Hamilton. Senior running back Michael Golden piled up 146 yards rushing on 23 carries and quarterback Carson Rostad added 66 yards on 17 totes.

Class B

• Ryan Tirrell scored all three of Missoula Loyola's touchdowns as the Rams shook off Big Timber in the second half for a 21-6 semifinal win and the right to host Fairfield next Saturday for the title. The Montana Griz commit scored from 14 yards out to give Loyola a 7-6 first-quarter lead then added scores from 3 and 5 yards. Orry Carrocchia had given Big Timber a 6-0 lead early with an 81-yard run.

Dawson Allen scored four touchdowns -- two on passes from Ryder Meyer, another Griz commit — as Fairfield scored 36 second-quarter points to erase a deficit and roll to a 48-14 win over Bigfork and earn a championship showdown at Missoula Loyola next Saturday. Meyer and Allen connected from 45 and 4 yards out, and Meyer added a 61-yard scoring run for good measure. Bigfork led 6-0 after one quarter before Fairfield reeled off five consecutive scores in the second quarter. Allen had rushing touchdowns of 14 and 20 yards.


Kade Cutler's 38-yard run and subsequent 2-point conversion pass gave Drummond-Philipsburg an eight-point lead and lifted the Titans to a 28-20 slugfest win over Shelby, the defending Class B runnerup. Shelby took a 20-14 lead on a 1-yard run by Tanner Parsons early in the fourth quarter, but Drummond-Philipsburg (12-0) responded with a 50-yard scoring strike from Cutler to Jaxon Lee to tie it. Cutler and Lee also connected from 27 yards out in the second quarter, which ended with the game tied 14-14. The Titans' Colby Manley scored on a 5-yard touchdown but sustained an injury in the second quarter and did not return. The two teams played a scoreless third quarter. The Titans, who have won 24 consecutive games, take on Great Falls Central for the championship Saturday in Butte.

• Great Falls Central earned its first trip to the 8-Man championship game with a 28-18 win over previously undefeated Fairview. Cody Asbeck gave the Mustangs a nine-point lead with a 31-yard run in the third quarter and a short interception return by Cayle Schraner made it 28-12 with less than six minutes to play. Alex Schriver scored two touchdowns for Fairview. It'll be Great Falls Central's first championship appearance since playing in the Class AA game in 1965. The Mustangs won the Class A crown in 1962.


Cade Dschaak scored five touchdowns and Tel Lunde threw for three -- two to Cobe Begger -- as top-ranked and unbeaten Wibaux coasted to a 60-6 win over previously unbeaten Grass Range-Winnett. The Longhorns led 46-6 at halftime. Wibaux will play host to Jordan for the state championship Saturday. Dschaak rushed 19 times for 104 yards and Lunde was 10-for-13 for 184 yards. He also had 13 tackles, an interception and a fumble recovery. Begger caught six passes for 146 yards.

• Jordan avenged an early-season defeat in which it gave up 103 points by knocking off Richey-Lambert 50-37 on the road. The Mustangs, who have won playoff games at Roy-Winifred and Hot Springs, will have to travel one more time in pursuit of a championship -- to top-ranked Wibaux. Jordan has traveled more than 620 miles in the playoffs and will add another 143 in traveling to Wibaux.

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