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A weekend off caught up quickly with the Missoula Phoenix on Saturday.

The Phoenix, coming off a bye week last week and a season-best 53 points the week before, dropped a 14-0 Rocky Mountain Football League contest to the visiting Great Falls Gladiators.

Missoula moved to 2-2 on the season and 1-2 at Washington-Grizzly Stadium.

Great Falls (4-0) is now tied with the Bitterroot Blaze atop the league standings.

Both teams further distanced themselves with wins Saturday and just two playoff spots up for grabs in the division.

Missoula threw five interceptions against the Gladiators and mustered up just 105 yards of offense, far from the Phoenix team that rolled Gallatin Valley 53-8 two weeks ago with more than 700 yards of offense.

Quarterback Brad Thurber connected twice with Terry Love to lead the Gladiators.

Great Falls capitalized on one of three first quarter Phoenix turnovers to get on the scoreboard with a 20-yard touchdown pass from Thurber to Love with 4:27 left in the opening period.

Thurber found Love for a 44-yard strike early in the fourth to seal the win.

Thurber finished 11-for-19 for 142 yards.

The Phoenix next face the Arco Anarchy of Idaho on Saturday at Washington-Grizzly Stadium at 4 p.m.

Great Falls 7 0 0 7 - 14

Missoula 0 0 0 0 - 0

1Q-4:27 GF - Terry Love 20 pass from Brad Thurber (Lonnie Schmidt kick),

4Q-9:53 GF - Love 44 pass from Thurber (kick good).


RUSHING: Great Falls (32-148) - Brad Thurber 12-60. Missoula (28-63) - Henry Atkinson 13-40. RECEIVING: Great Falls - Terry Love 4-86. PASSING: Great Falls - Thurber 11-19-2-2 for 142 yards. Missoula - Brandon Genthe 2-9-0-2 for 26 yards, Eric Allen 0-7-0-2; Atkinson 0-1-0-1.

Blaze douse Sun Devils

At Corvallis, the Blaze stayed undefeated with a 54-0 victory over Gallatin Valley.

Shane Jurasek was 15-for-19 for 154 yards with a pair of touchdowns to lead Bitterroot. Justin Nixon added 106 yards rushing on 13 carries, including one touchdown. He's registered at least 100 yards on the ground in each outing this season.

Bitterroot (4-0) claimed its third straight shutout.

Brent Mahan and Erik Marchion each returned interceptions for scores to lead the Blaze defense.

Buckie Brawley, Nick Arnold and Wayne Peterson also added touchdowns for Bitterroot.

The Blaze next hosts the Logan Stampede on Saturday.

G. Valley 0 0 0 0 - 0

Bitterroot 21 20 7 6 - 54


RUSHING: Bitterroot (24-187) - Justin Nixon 13-106; Nick Reiley 6-30; Chris Brawley 3-40; Wayne Peterson 1-5; Buckie Brawley 1-6. PASSING: Bitterroot - Shane Jurasek 15-19-2-0 for 154 yards. RECEIVING: Bitterroot - Nick Arnold 6-62; Buckie Brawley 4-41; Adam Scolatti 3-33; Trevor England 1-23; Wayne Peterson 1-24.


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