Week 2 of the Montana football playoffs is upon us
Week 1 of the MHSA playoffs are in the books and there were a handful of upsets (according to seeding).
Here in the Mining City all eyes were on Memorial Stadium and the Bulldogs of Butte High taking on Great Falls High for the second time this year. In the first matchup the Bison hit several huge plays and ran away with a non-conference victory.
Comparing that first game to the second, is night and day. In game one, Reed Harris and Rafe Longin accounted for 523 total yards, and 5 touchdowns. Game 2, the Bulldogs held them to a combined 161 total yards and 2 touchdowns. Back to the first game, the Bison had an 80-yard interception return, and 88-yard touchdown reception, and a 96 yard kick return for a score. Round 2, their longest play was 24 yards. Defensive coordinator Bryan Arnston, and the entire coaching staff had them ready to roll for that matchup in Great Falls. Head Coach Arie Grey will have another familiar opponent this Friday, as the Dogs travel to Helena to take on Capital. The AA will see 4 games this Friday, with a double header in Helena
Helena High hosting Gallatin
Butte High @ Helena Capital
Glacier @ Bozeman
Sentinel @ Billings West
The other item I find interesting with the remaining teams, is Bozeman and West both lost to Capital and Sentinel in the non-conference games. Yes, it was early in the season, yup a long time ago, but still…
It feels like maybe some of the seeding numbers are different than normal but looking at the Class A bracket feels like a class reunion. Only one seeding upset, Whitefish (5W) got past Havre (4E) 17-7. Otherwise, the highest seeds moved on. The teams with first round byes are just a murders row of talent.
All Games are Saturday
12:00n - Whitefish @ Hamilton (defending champ)
1p (@Rocky) - Dillon @ Billings Central
(how many times have they played in the playoffs?)
1p - Columbia Falls @ Lewistown
1p - Polson @ Laurel (state runner up last year)
The Western B is once again, one of if not, the toughest conferences in existence. 3 of the 4 teams out of the West made it through to the second round. One of the teams advancing had the lone ‘upset’ of the bracket, as (4W) Loyola Sacred Heart knocked off (1S) Townsend. Last year 3 of the 4 teams in the Semifinals were all from the West, and the final was an all-West affair with Florence Carlton taking out Bigfork. This Saturday should be a lot of fun, all games are 1 pm start times.
(4W) Loyola Sacred heart @ (2E) Shepherd
(2N) Glasgow @ (1W) Bigfork
(2W) Florence Carlton @ (1E) Huntley Project (this should be outstanding)
(2S) Boulder @ (1N) Malta
Southwest Montana has a pair of teams still in the hunt for hardware. The Flint Creek Titans continue to roll, they come into the second round after a dominant win over Park City 62-6 in Drummond. The Mustangs of Ennis also advanced into the second round with a great win at home over a powerful SugarBeeter team from Chinook. Every ‘higher seed’ team in the 8 man bracket advanced, in the battle of 2 seeds, the home teams both won and advanced. Second Round games will all be Saturday, with 1pm starts
Belt @ Flint Creek (played in P-burg)
Superior @ Culbertson
Fairview @ Joliet
Ennis @ St. Ignatius
6- man (aka track meet with a football)
A pair of upsets were the tale of the 6 man, (3S) Bridger beat (2E) Richey- Lambert.
And (3C) C.J.I beat (1W) Hot Springs in Overtime.
I know Halloween is behind us, but the only analogy I could think of for 6 man is this: In Friday the 13th, his name is Jason Voorhees, but he’s just called Jason and EVERYONE knows who you are talking about. In 6 man, the co-op is Medicine Lake- Froid, but the murder in the room with the knife is just called Med Lake. There weren’t many close games in the first round of the 6 man, scores should get tighter this weekend.
Friday night 7pm
Broadview-Lavina @ Roy-Winifred
Valier @ Medicine Lake-Froid
Bridger @ Chester Joplin Inverness
Custer Hysham Melstone @ Big Sandy
Nothing better than Playoff football in Montana!