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Brawl of the Wild final score: Grizzlies 28, Bobcats 3

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It wasn't pretty, but it was probably enough for Grizzly fans: The 100th football meeting between the Montana Grizzlies and the Montana State Bobcats went to the Grizzlies, 28-3, in a game that saw the Grizzlies flagged for an unofficial total of 20 penalties.

The No. 1-ranked Grizzlies, already assured of at least one home game in the I-AA playoffs, probably will get at least two and maybe three home games. If the Grizzlies make it to the championship game, they'll travel to Chattanooga, Tenn. for that game.

The Grizzlies, now 10-1 on the season, wrapped up an undefeated Big Sky Conference season under new head coach Joe Glenn. The Bobcats finished their season 0-11 under their new coach, Mike Kramer; the Bobcats apparently are out of the hunt for a playoff berth.

The Grizzlies scored first and never trailed in the game after the Bobcats fumbled on their first possession. John Edwards fired a touchdown pass to Yohance Humphery to put the Grizzlies up 7-0 early inthe first quarter.

But penalties continually hurt the Griz, and Chris Snyder missed a pair of first-quarter field-goal attempts.

In the second quarter, Edwards scored on a 1-yard keeper to put the Griz up 14-0. The Cats came back with a 32-yard field goal to cut the lead to 10-3, but Humphery scored on a 10-yard run with less than a minute to go in the half to put the Grizzlies up 21-3.

The game's prettiest play came in the third quarter, when Edwards hit Jimmy Farris for a 91-yard touchdown strike. It was the game's last score.

The Grizzlies gained more than 400 yards offensively but were whistled for 164 yards in penalties. To put that in perspective, that penalty total is about twice what the Cats were able to gain offensively, 89 yards.

The Grizzlies will discover their first-round playoff opponent on Sunday morning. For details about that playoff game, and for many more details about Saturday's game, log on to at about noon on Sunday.

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