Football Roundup: Flathead, Glacier Notch Key Victories

Whitefish, Columbia Falls roll on, set up de facto conference title game Oct. 12

Jaden MacNeil accounted for seven touchdowns and Anthony Jones had a monster 10-catch day to lead Flathead High School to a runaway 56-31 win over Missoula Big Sky at Legends Stadium on Oct. 5.

The Braves (5-2) scored 42 first-half points and moved into a tie for third place in Class AA on the strength of a brilliant offensive performance. MacNeil, Flathead’s quarterback, threw five touchdown passes, ran for a 62-yard score and even caught a touchdown from wide receiver Logan Siblerud. Jones found the end zone four times as part of a 10-catch, 163-yard evening. The senior added a two-point conversion pass in the first quarter.

Glacier, meanwhile, went on the road and surprised Great Falls High, bolting out to a big early lead and hanging on to win 42-38. Preston Blain ran for 170 yards and added a kick-return touchdown for the Wolfpack (2-5), who earned a victory for the first time since Sept. 14.

In Class A, Columbia Falls (5-1, 3-0 Northwest A) and Whitefish (5-2, 3-0) both won comfortably to set up a de facto conference title game between the two Oct. 12 in Whitefish. The defending state champion Wildcats hammered Ronan 64-7 on Oct. 5 while the Bulldogs blanked Polson 38-0.

In Class B, Bigfork (6-0) remained undefeated with a 21-14 nonconference win at Townsend. The Vikings host Missoula Loyola on Oct. 12 in a game that will determine the Western B conference champion.