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Move to a neutral site state championship for 8-man football causing a stir


April 11, 2018

Havre Daily News/Colin Thompson

Chester-Joplin-Inverness' Kobe Tran runs the ball during a Northern C 8-man football game last fall in Chester. On Monday, the Montana High School Association approved a plan for Class C to play the 8-man state championship game at a neutral site. The 2018 state championship game will be played at Butte High's Naranche Stadium, and the game will rotate between there and Herb Klindt Field at Rocky Mountain College in Billings.

High school football in Montana has undergone a lot of significant changes over the past few years and in 2018, Class C 8-Man football will undertake another.

With a vote of 30-11 in favor among member schools and a 6-1 approval from the Montana High School Association executive board, the measure to adopt a neutral site for the Class C 8-Man football state championship game passed Monday. It will end the practice of schools hosting the championship game in 8-Man football and in 2018, the state title game will be played in Butte at Naranche Stadium. The game will rotate between Butte and B...

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