The Hamilton Athletic Complex's grand opening ceremony Saturday gave way to the Broncs' quarterfinal playoff win against Miles City, 53-20.
In front of a sparkling grandstand that was nearly at capacity and on the fresh sprint turf, No. 1 ranked Hamilton simply ran away with it early.
Running back Michael Golden christened Hamilton's initial 31 unanswered-point barrage less than four minutes into the Broncs playoff opener. His 10-yard rushing touchdown etched his name into future trivia nights around the Bitterroot Valley, giving the Broncs their first touchdown on the new field and a 7-0 lead after the PAT.
Hamilton extended its first-quarter lead to 19-0 behind a pair of scoring plays from quarterback Carson Rostad. The junior signal caller ran for a 4-yard score and threw another to Tucker Jones from 17 yards out with 55 seconds remaining in the opening frame.
In all, Rostad had two rushing touchdowns for the game, and he finished with 272 yards on 19-for-25 passing and four TD's through the air.
His longest scoring play (and another answer to a future trivia question) on the new field went to Rostad's go-to receiver, Camron Rothie. The speedy senior receiver beat his defender on a seam down the sidelines and Rostad hit Rothie in stride for a 59-yard touchdown.
Rothie's first of two scoring receptions gave the Broncs a 25-0 lead.
Corvallis fell on the road at Laurel 49-6 in the quarterfinals of the Class A playoffs. Ethan Renner rushed for three touchdowns for the Locomotives while Gage Hull threw two scores and ran for another. Hunter Pinheiro scored Corvallis' lone touchdown in the third quarter. Laurel will take on rival Billings Central in the Class A semifinals next week.
Bigfork topped Roundup 43-18 in the quarterfinals of the Class B playoffs on Saturday. Randy Stultz ran for three touchdowns and took an interception back for a score to lead the Vikings. Brody Grebe ran for two scores for Roundup. Bigfork will travel to Fairfield next weekend for the semifinals.
Arlee was defeated by Fairview 32-20 in the 8-Man quarterfinals. Cody Asbeck ran for two touchdowns and caught another while Alex Schriver threw two scores. Fairview will take on Great Falls Central next week in the semifinals.
In one of the best shootouts of the postseason, Hot Springs narrowly fell 74-57 to Jordan in the 6-Man quarterfinals. Keenan Murnion threw nine touchdown passes, five to Cole Murnion, and ran for two more scores to lead the Mustangs past the Savage Heat. Brandon Knudsen threw five touchdown passes for Hot Springs. Tyler Knudsen caught three scores and ran for two more. Jordan will take on Richey-Lambert next week in the semifinals.
Corvallis is the Southwest A champions after defeating Libby 25-23, 25-15, 15-25, 25-13 on Saturday. Maureen Jessop had 14 of Corvallis' 50 kills while Charlotte Powell added four blocks. "Libby's a great team. They were aggressive and I'm of my girls for handling that pressure," Corvallis volleyball coach Kasey Arceniega said. "We feel good where we're at going into the state tournament."
Florence earned a Western B divisional championship in convincing fashion at home, sweeping Deer Lodge in the chipper, 25-11, 25-16, 25-10. Sarah Hopcroft was a force at the net for the Falcons with 11 kills. Teammate Halle Christopherson dished out 28 assists and tallied six digs. Deer Lodge earned a trip to state with a win over Thompson Falls in the third place match, 5-25, 25-19, 21-25, 25-23, 15-11. Brooke Bowlin had 18 kills for the Bluehawks.
The Missoula Lady Bruins U19 team opened the season with a 4-2 win over Flathead and a 3-3 tie with Bozeman at Haynes Pavilion in Bozeman Friday night. Senior Sid Triepke led all scorers with two goals against Flathead and a hat trick against Bozeman. Freshman Pilar Seielstad scored the first goal of the season for Missoula, and junior Maddy Gallagher also scored against Flathead.