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Glacier Grads Thiebes, Hill Earn Honors from Griz, Bobcats

Hill helped lead a punishing Bobcat defensive effort in Saturday’s 24-17 win over Montana in Missoula

A pair of standout football players from the Flathead Valley finished their seasons with honors for the Montana Grizzlies and Montana State Bobcats.

Jackson Thiebes, a Glacier High School graduate and a redshirt senior at Montana, was named the program’s most outstanding offensive lineman of the year. Thiebes was a walk-on player who was cut and then successfully walked on for the Griz. He then became an anchor for the team’s offensive line.

Last weekend, Josh Hill, another former standout for Glacier and a freshman linebacker for the Bobcats, led Montana State’s defense with eight tackles, a forced fumble and an interception. The Bobcats defeated Montana 24-17 as both teams finished the regular season out of the FCS playoffs.

Hill earned ROOT Sports Big Sky Conference Player of the Week honors as well as a STATS FCS Honorable Mention Freshman of the Week award.

The Grizzlies season ended at 6-5 overall and 3-5 in the Big Sky Conference The Bobcats finished 4-7 and 2-6.