Glacier, Bigfork, Columbia Falls Flex Muscles in Football

By Beacon Staff

The mighty keep growing mightier.

The football teams at Glacier, Columbia Falls and Bigfork are playing in top form as the postseason approaches.

No. 2 Glacier drubbed No. 3 Helena Capital 31-7 at Legends Stadium last Friday, winning its sixth game in a row entering the final two weeks of the regular season. The Wolfpack (7-1) dominated their longtime nemesis in all areas. The defense held Capital’s league-leading offense to only 140 yards on the ground and 233 total yards. The offense, led by senior running back Noah James, who racked up 162 yards and a TD, rolled over the Bruins with 19 first downs and 399 total yards.

Glacier hosts Great Falls (1-7) at 7 p.m. on Friday.

In Class A, the undefeated No. 3 Columbia Falls Wildcats kept it rolling with a 44-6 conference victory over Libby. Zach Darling rushed in three TDs and Alex Presnell caught two TDs from quarterback Jared Trinastich as the Wildcats improved to 7-0 overall, 3-0 in Northwestern A. Ty Morgan added another TD and Columbia Falls notched its fourth game scoring 40 or more points.

Columbia Falls finishes the regular season in climactic fashion, at home against conference rival Polson (5-2, 2-1) this Friday. A victory would seal the conference title for the Wildcats.

Polson dropped Havre 52-20 last week. Andrew Weltz rushed for 155 yards and three touchdowns while passing for another 118 yards and a TD. Brady Hislop tallied 136 yards rushing and two TDs.

In Class B, Bigfork clinched its fifth consecutive district title with a 20-6 win over Eureka. Boyd Rieke rushed for 129 yards and three TDs and the Vikings improved to 7-0 overall, 3-0 in District 7B. Eureka fell to 5-3, 2-1.

No. 3 Bigfork ends the regular season on the road against district foe Thompson Falls on Friday. Eureka hosts Plains.

In other action, Whitefish won its third game in a row, defeating conference foe Frenchtown 28-6. Luke May rushed for 118 yards and two TDs and passed for 137 yards. Calub Thilmony added a TD along with Sean Foley and the Bulldogs improved to 6-2, 2-1. Whitefish, which owns second place in NWA ahead of Polson, travels to Libby (1-7, 0-3) this Friday.

Flathead eked out a 21-20 victory over Missoula Hellgate. Jess Beaman scored off a 85-yard punt return in the fourth quarter and the Braves improved to 3-5. Flathead travels to Missoula Sentinel (4-4) on Friday.

The Associated Press Top 10 Montana High School Football Poll
Class AA
1. Bozeman (9) 8-0
2. Kalispell Glacier 7-1
3. Helena 7-1
4. Helena Capital 6-2
5. Billings Skyview 5-3
Others receiving votes: Great Falls Russell 13, Butte 7.

Class A
1. Dillon (9) 7-0
2. Billings Central 6-1
3. Columbia Falls 7-0
4. Belgrade 6-2
5. Laurel 5-3
Others receiving votes: Sidney 6, Whitefish 6.

Class B
1. Missoula Loyola (6) 7-0
2. Baker (2) 7-0
3. Bigfork 7-0
4. Forsyth 6-1
5. Glasgow Hinsdale Nashua 6-1
6. Jefferson (Boulder) 7-1
7. Fairfield 5-1
8. Townsend 5-1
(tie) Huntley Project 6-2
10. Deer Lodge 7-1
Others receiving votes: None.

Class C 8-Man
1. Ennis (4) 7-0
2. Wibaux (2) 8-0
3. Belt 7-1
4. Chester-Joplin-Inverness 7-1
5. Drummond 6-1
6. Simms 7-1
7. Superior 6-2
8. Victor 6-1
9. Charlo 6-1
10. Bainville-Culbertson 6-1
Others receiving votes: White Sulphur Springs 7, Broadview-Lavina 1,

Class C 6-Man
1. Geraldine Highwood (5) 7-0
2. Savage (1) 7-0
3. Hobson-Moore-Judith Gap 7-0
4. Hot Springs 4-1
5. Westby-Grenora 6-1
6. Stanford Geyser Denton 6-1
7. Alberton-St. Regis 5-1
8. Winnett-Grass Range 5-2
9. Custer-Hysham 5-2
10. North Star 5-2
(tie) Terry 5-2
Others receiving votes: Jordan 5, Roy-Winifred 1.

Standings
AA
Bozeman 8-0
Glacier 7-1
Helena 7-1
Helena Capital 6-2
Billings Skyview 5-3
Butte 5-3
Billings Senior 4-4
Great Falls CMR 4-4
Missoula Sentinel 4-4
Flathead 3-5
Missoula Big Sky 2-6
Great Falls 1-7
Billings West 0-8
Missoula Hellgate 0-8

Northwestern A
Columbia Falls 3-0, 7-0
Whitefish 2-1, 6-2
Polson 2-1, 5-2
Frenchtown 1-3, 2-5
Libby 0-3, 1-7

Southwestern A
Dillon 4-0, 7-0
Hamilton 2-2, 5-3
Butte Central 2-2, 4-4
Anaconda 2-2, 4-3
Stevensville 1-3, 3-4
Corvallis 1-3, 1-6

Eastern A
Billings Central 4-0, 6-1
Laurel 3-1, 5-3
Sidney 2-2, 6-2
Miles City 2-2, 4-3
Hardin 1-3, 2-5
Glendive 0-4, 1-6

Central A
Belgrade 4-0, 6-2
Havre 2-1, 3-4
Lewistown 1-2, 1-6
Livingston 1-2, 1-7
Browning 0-3, 1-7

District 7B
Bigfork 3-0, 7-0
Eureka 2-1, 5-3
Troy 2-2, 4-4
Thompson Falls 1-2, 2-6
Plains 0-3, 0-8

District 6B
Missoula Loyola 3-0, 6-0
Deer Lodge 3-0, 7-1
Ronan 1-2, 3-4
Florence 1-2, 1-6
St. Ignatius 0-4, 1-7

District 5B
Jefferson 3-0, 7-1
Townsend 2-1, 5-1
Manhattan 2-1, 4-3
Whitehall 1-2, 5-2
Three Forks 0-4, 2-6

District 4B
Columbus 3-0, 4-2
Red Lodge 3-0, 3-4
Big Timber 2-2, 2-5
Roundup 0-3, 2-5
Joliet 0-3, 1-7

District 3B
Baker 4-0, 7-0
Forsyth 3-1, 6-1
Huntley Project 2-2, 6-2
Colstrip 2-2, 5-2
Shepherd 1-3, 1-6
Lodge Grass 0-4, 0-6

District 2B
Glasgow 4-0, 6-1
Plentywood 2-1, 3-5
Malta 1-2, 4-3
Harlem 1-2, 1-6
Wolf Point 0-3, 1-7

District 1B
Fairfield 3-0, 5-1
Choteau 2-1, 5-3
Shelby 1-2, 4-4
Cut Bank 1-2, 2-6
Conrad 1-3, 4-3

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