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UM coach Joe Glenn headed to Havre; Kerkes earns honors

 

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University of Montana head football Joe Glenn will be in Havre this weekend.

With the Grizzlies having a bye week, Glenn along with his wife Michelle, will make the trip to the Hi-Line to watch his son, Casey, play football for the Carroll College Fighting Saints as they take on the Montana State University-Northern Lights.

Casey Glenn is a senior offensive lineman for the Fighting Saints, who transferred to Carroll from Northern Colorado when his dad took the job with the Grizzlies.

Besides Glenn, several Saints players with Hi-Line connections will be returning home. Havre High grad Jarrod Wirt will start at defensive back for the Saints. Wirt, who suffered a separated collarbone in Carroll's loss to Central Washington, is healthy enough to play. Former KG standout Rhett Crites will handle the place kicking duties for the Saints, while all-conference tight end and former Chester grad Casey Fitzsimmons will be a key receiver for the Saints. Chinook's Michael Maddox will also see significant playing time at linebacker and on special teams. Other Saint players from the Hi-Line include Dustin Barber from J-I and Joey Stuart from KG.

A reminder that Saturday's Northern-Carroll game will be televised by Omega Productions as part of a doubleheader with the Havre High game versus Laurel. Special admission prices have been set for people attending both games. Adults will be charged $4, students $3 and children $2. Both HHS and MSU-N students will be allowed in for free with student ID cards. Also, all MSU-N and HHS passes will be honored.

The tiered parking at Blue Pony Stadium will also have special prices. A game day rate of $10 per spot for the college game will be in effect until the first half of the college game. After half-time, the prices will drop to $3 per vehicle. Century Club Football boosters will still have their reserved parking spots until half-time of the college game. After that, those unused spots will be open to the public.

People with questions can contact Ted Spatkowski at 265-3761 or Dennis Murphy at 265-6732.

Northern's Brandon Kerkes was named Frontier Conference offensive player of the week. Kerkes, who guided Northern past Tech, 18-13, played what is according to Conference Commissioner Ron Kenison, the best game of his career.

The 6-foot-2, 190-pounder from Centerville carried eight times for 45 yards and completed 22-of-36 yards passes for 245 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions.

A 50-yard field goal by Chris Casne set the school record for Tech and earned Casne the special teams weekly honor. He also kicked a second field goal and the extra point on Tech's lone TD. He's a 5-9, 175-pound senior from Helena.

A defensive show by Jereme Hess helped account for Western's 45-6 defeat of Rocky Mountain and earn him defensive player of the week honors. Hess, of Puyallup, Wash., made four solo tackles and helped on three others, including two quarterback sacks and five hurries in the win.

Former Havre High star Matt Kegel will play this weekend when the Washington State Cougars face the California Golden Bears in Berkeley, CA. How much he plays is still undetermined. Much of it will hinge on the health of starting quarterback Jason Gesser.

"I don't think I'm going to start because I think Jason's going to start," Kegel said.

Both Gesser and Kegel went down with injuries in last weekend's game against Montana State. Kegel, a junior, suffered a knee bruise early in the second quarter making a first down run.

"I took a helmet to the side of my knee," Kegel said. "My knee was all tingly when I was laying in the pile and when I got up it was wobbly and unstable."

Gesser left the game with a dislocated rib following a sack early in the third quarter. Kegel returned to the game, despite the injury, after Gesser went out and played well. He finished the game completing nine of 12 passes for 81 yards and a touchdown.

Kegel will tape the knee and wear a protective brace over it.

"It feels good enough play on. I'm not going to be able to scramble like I normally do."

He has played in all but one of the Cougars' games this season. Saturday's contest should be no different.

"I know I'll play," Kegel said. "How much I play will all determine on how Jason's feeling and the game situation."

 

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