Get ready for the AA playoffs!
The Montana AA football playoff bracket was finally filled on Friday night. The myriad of possibilities all boiled down to the twelve remaining teams. Going into the week we knew who the four teams that would receive first-round byes were, we just needed to find out who would get the 1 and 2 seed on each side of the state.
First, in the East, Bozeman took down Billings West 21-13, to earn the #1 seed, Billings West is the #2 seed, and again both programs have first-round byes. Gallatin secured the #3 seed and a first-round home playoff game, with a 42-14 win over Billings Skyview. The #4 seed in the East goes to Great Falls High who took down cross-town rival CMR 24-10 to wrap up the season with a 6-3 overall record, also securing a first-round playoff game. The #5 Seed goes to the Senior Broncs who finished the season with a 3-6 overall record, and the Rustlers of CMR round out the Eastern AA playoff roster as the #6 seed finishing the season 3-6 overall. Both the Broncs and Rustlers will travel in the first round of the playoffs.
To the Western AA, where the battle of Helena was to decide the #1 and #2 seed on this side of the state. The Capital Bruins got a hard-fought win over Helena High to finish the regular season undefeated and secure the #1 seed in the West, Helena High (7-2) is the #2 seed, and both have first-round byes. The Sentinel Spartans (7-2) with a win over Butte High (4-5) were able to lock down the #3 seed, and Glacier (6-3) stamped their dance card as the #4 seed with a victory over Hellgate (2-7). Both Glacier and Sentinel will be at home in the first round of the playoffs. The Bulldogs of Butte High will enter the playoffs as the #5 seed out of the West, and the Big Sky Eagles (3-6) were able to fight their way into the dance as the #6 seed.
All 4 first-round matchups will be on Friday night @ 7pm
Game 1- Glacier(W4) will host Billings Senior (E5) - Winner plays Bozeman
Game 2- Gallatin (E3) hosting Missoula Big Sky (W6) – Winner plays Helena High
Game 3- Great Falls (4E) hosting Butte (5W) – Winner goes to Capital
Game 4- Missoula Sentinel (3W) hosting CMR (6E) – Winner travels to Billings West
You can find a printable bracket from the MHSA HERE
All games will be available to watch at NFHS