It was another tough week for local football programs, and if it wasn’t for one team’s big second half, the Hi-Line would have gone winless on the weekend.
The Northern C 8-Man Chester/J-I Hawks recorded the only local win over the weekend. Holding a slim 22-20 lead over the Great Falls Central Mustangs at the half, the Hawks went on to record a 50-20 win, also improving to 6-1 this season, sliding into second place in the conference, and ruining the Mustangs’ homecoming in the meantime.
The Hawks were able to run away with Saturday’s contest after a poor special team’s decision by the Mustangs. Heading into the fourth quarter the Hawks held a 28-20 lead, still a close game. But on the ensuing kickoff, starting the fourth quarter, the Mustangs thought they were letting the ball go out of bounds on the kick. But a hustling Justin May raced down the field and recovered the ball on the Mustangs’ 11-yard-line. Three plays later Dell Harmon scored on a two-yard run, the first of three fourth-quarter scores by the Hawks.
Great Falls Central was shut out in the second half as the Hawks came away with the dominating win.
May led the Hawks with 163 rushing yards, while Harmon racked up 160 passing yards. Cody Ramberg led the receiving efforts with two catches for 60 yards.
Wednesday the Hawks will go for another win on Wednesday when they face Cascade on the road.
C/J-I – 6 16 6 22 — 50
GFC – 6 14 0 0 — 20
GFC – Max Sitzmann 32 pass from Reid Nelson (pass failed)
C/J-I – Cody Ramberg 61 pass from Dell Harmon (pass failed)
GFC – Max Sitzmann 35 pass from Reid Nelson (Carter Anderson run)
C/J-I – Dell Harmon 9 run (Tim Stokes pass from Brandon Richter)
GFC – Reid Nelson 1 run (pass failed)
C/J-I – Stokes 37 pass from Dell Harmon (Brandon Richter pass from Harmon)
C/J-I – Steven May 3 pass from Dell Harmon (pass failed)
C/J-I – Dell Harmon 2 run (Cody Ramberg pass from Dell Harmon)
C/J-I – Steven May 9 pass from Justin May (Justin May pass from Dell Harmon)
C/J-I – Brandon Richter 9 pass from Dell Harmon (run failed)
Fort Benton 34, Chinook 27
The Chinook Sugarbeeters also took on a Northern C 8-Man opponent on Friday, but dropped their second game in a row, and their third of the season. Fort Benton defeated Chinook 34-27.
The Beeters dropped to 4-3 this season.
Chinook was caught in a tight first half as the Longhorns held a slim 22-21 lead over the Beeters. But in the second half both offenses cooled down, and the Longhorns’ two scores proved to be the different compared to the Beeters’ one score in the second half.
Zach Molyneaux scored on a three-yard run late in the game, but also scored two more rushes early. Molyneaux scored on a 54-yard run and another three-yard run. Molyneaux also connected with Ian MacIntosh on a 15-yard passing touchdown.
Chinook will host Belt on Thursday.
Chinook 6 15 0 6 – 27
Fort Benton 0 22 6 6 – 34
CHI - Zach Molyneaux 54 run (run failed)
FB - Logan Taylor 3 run (run failed)
CHI - Ian McIntosh 15 pass from Zach Molyneaux (Zach Molyneaux run)
CHI – Zach Molymeaux 3 run (Kyler Johnson kick)
FB - Brandon Ereaux 20 interception return (Brandon Ereaux run)
FB - Jordan Christianson 35 pass from Jarron Andreason (Riley McCarthy run)
FB – Brandon Ereaux 2 run (run failed)
CHI - Zach Molyneaux 3 run (run failed)
FB – Brandon Ereaux 1 run (run failed)
Geraldine-Highwood 61, Box Elder 28
Box Elder attempted to earn a second consecutive win on Saturday, but the Bears also suffered a tough loss in Northern C Six-Man action. Geraldine-Highwood defeated the Bears 61-28 in Geraldine, dropping the Bears to 2-4 this season
Brandon The Boy did have a solid outing for the Bears, as he tossed three touchdown passes. But the three scores came in the second half, already trailing 28-0 at the break. The Boy connected with Will Ketchum on a 60-yard scoring pass, Bodis Duran on a 10-yard scoring pass, and Slayte Duran on a two-yard scoring pass. Ketchum also scored on a 34-yard run.
Today the Bears will face Valier on the road.
Box Elder 0 0 21 7 — 28
Geraldine-Highwood 28 0 27 6 — 61
GH - Sam Bronec 29 pass from Darren Malek (Darren Malek kick)
GH - Wyatt McKinley 10 run (Darren Malek kick)
GH - Riley Kurtz blocked punt recovery in end zone (kick failed)
GH - Sam Bronec 32 pass from Darren Malek (kick failed)
BE—Will Ketchum 60 pass from Brandon The Boy (Will Ketchum pass from Brandon The Boy)
GH - Jake Males 74 kickoff return (run failed)
BE—Bodis Duran 10 pass from Brandon The Boy (kick failed)
GH - Logan Ferda 33 run (Wyatt McKinley pass from Darren Malek)
BE—Will Ketchum 34 run (Duran kick)
GH – Wyatt McKinley 12 run (Sam Bronec from Darren Malek)
GH – Wyatt McKinley 24 pass from Darren Malek (Logan Ferda run)
GH – Wyatt McKinley 25 run (run failed)
BE—Slayte Duran 2 pass from Brandon The Boy (Jordan Parker pass from Brandon The Boy)
Denton-Geyser-Stanford 64, Big Sandy 0
Big Sandy didn’t fair very well in its Friday matchup with Denton-Geyser-Stanford, as the Pioneers were defeated 64-0 at home in Six-Man action.
After giving up 29 first quarter points, the struggling Pioneers could never get back into contention. Big Sandy also gave up 22 in the second quarter, seven in the third, and six points in the fourth, as the Pioneers’ offense failed to find the end zone on Friday.
Wednesday the Pioneers will get back on the road to face Valier.
D-G-S 29 22 7 6 -- 64
Big Sandy 0 0 0 0 – 0
DGS - Ty Martin 30 yard pass from Kade Woodhall (kick failed)
DGS - Chase Hill 37 yard pass from Kade Woodhall (Hill kick)
DGS - Conner Bokma 11 yard run (Chase Hill run)
DGS – Chase Hill 26 yard run (Chase Hill kick)
DGS - Jessy Annala 23 yard pass from Kade Woodhall (Chase Hill kick)
DGS – Ty Martin 19 yard pass from Austin Morris (Chase Hill kick)
DGS – Chase Hill 18 yard run (Kick failed)
DGS - Cameron Cali 3 yard run (Wyatt Hungate run)
DGS - Kendall Carpenter 27 yard run (run failed)
Plentywood 35, Harlem 0
The Harlem Wildcats also struggled to compete on Friday in Class 2B action.
Hosting Plentywood on senior night, the Wildcats were defeated 35-0. The loss keeps the Wildcats winless on the season. Plentywood jumped all over the Wildcats with a 21-0 lead through the first half and added 14 more in the third quarter, as the Wildcats were struck without an answer all night long.
Wednesday the Wildcats will face Choteau on the road.
Plentywood 7 14 14 0 – 35
Harlem 0 0 0 0 – 0
PW—Nathan Woodman 80 pass from Trey Howard (Oakley Ordahl kick)
PW—Howard 3 run (Ordahl kick)
PW—Marshall Simonson 13 pass from Howard (Ordahl kick)
PW—Woodman 20 run (kick failed)
PW—Woodman 65 pass from Howard (Jackson Marsh pass from Howard)
Froid-Medicine-Lake 72, Hays-Lodge Pole 8
Harlem's Isaiah Doney runs after a catch during Friday night's Class B football game in Harlem.
The Hays-Lodge Pole Thunderbirds also remain winless on the season, as they slipped to 0-6 on Saturday. Froid-Medicine-Lake defeated the visiting Thunderbirds 72-8 in an Eastern C matchup.
The Thunderbirds scored their only touchdown in the first quarter on a Codie Kirkaldie reception from 28-yards out. But the first quarter score came after giving up 32 points in the first quarter. The Thunderbirds’ defesne also gave up 24 in the second quarter and 16 more in the second half.
Hays-Lodge Pole will host Scobey on Saturday for the final home game of the season.
The North Star Knights were supposed to face Heart Butt, but the Warriors gave up a forfeit. Heart Butte had several injured players and wasn’t able to field a full team for Saturday’s game. The Knights (5-1) will host Denton- Geyser-Stanford on Wednesday in a huge North Division clash in Rudyard.