A long season and a very long day came to a difficult end for the Montana State University-Northern football team. The Lights left Havre this morning to play their season finale with Rocky Mountain College under the lights in Billings, and the Battlin' Bears got the better of the deal, beating Northern 32-22 at Daylis Stadium.
Five turnovers did and several special teams miscuses did the Lights in, though they led 16-14 at halftime. Rocky jumped out to a quick 14-0 lead, but the Lights battled back with two Derek Lear touchdown passes and a Trevor Baum field goal. Rocky nudged ahead by one point early in the third, but the Lights answered with another Lear TD to go up 22-17. From there, it was all Bears however as Rocky scored 10 quick points to start the fourth quarter and the Bears' defense shut out the Lights the rest of the way.
The win gave RMC only its seventh winning season since 1971 as the Bears finished 5-5 in the Frontier Conference and 6-5 overall.
Northern's season ended with a 3-7 record in conference play.
For complete story, see Monday's Havre Daily News.