Fifth-ranked Loyola Sacred Heart handed top-ranked Bigfork its first loss Friday, holding off the Vikings for a 26-21 win in Bigfork. The Rams (5-0 Western B, 7-1 overall) took sole possession of first place in the conference ahead of Bigfork (4-1, 6-1).
Bigfork led 14-13 at halftime before Loyola jumped to a 26-14 lead with a Nick Mitzel 8-yard TD run in the third quarter and a Ryan Tirrell 3-yard run in the fourth. Bigfork answered with a Luke Taylor 2-yard TD run late but it was not enough.
"It was a heavyweight title fight and we ended up beating a really good football team," Rams coach Todd Hughes said. "We played great defense the second half. We had some penalties that gave them some first downs but outside of that we held on tight."
Quarterback Matt Plasterer threw for three touchdowns and ran for another in Billings Senior's 42-6 win over Missoula Hellgate at Wendy's Field at Daylis Stadium. The Knights are 2-6. Plasterer had touchdown passes of 11, 35 and 38 yards to Oran Nash-Bergen, Junior Bergen and Max Evenson. Gunnar Hegg had an 18-yard touchdown run, while Brock Ping added a one-yard dive for a score for Senior. Hellgate scored on the final play of the game.
Class A top-ranked Hamilton moved to 8-0 with a 62-42 win over Frenchtown. No further information was available.
Arlee steamrolled to a 60-14 home win over Victor. Florence won at Thompson Falls, 49-6. Stevensville fell to 2-6 with a 54-14 loss at Butte Central. Ronan (1-6) dropped a 54-14 home decision to Libby. Corvallis lost at home to Dillon, 39-18. Seeley-Swan stormed to a 66-24 win at Troy. Flint Creek (8-0) stayed undefeated with a 68-24 home win over St. Ignatius. Clark Fork dumped Plains in Plains, 74-34. Hot Springs blanked Valley Christian in Alberton, 67-0 and Browning won in Polson, 34-0.