Montana Prep Football Rankings: Sept 15

"Butte tough" moniker rings true as Bulldogs take down No. 3 Helena, rest of classification rankings remain static

Columbia Falls High School football practice. Beacon file photo

In a week where games involving ranked teams went mostly true to form, one moderately surprising result stands out as a statement game.

The moniker “Butte tough” rang true once more this past Friday night, when the unranked Bulldogs KO’d No. 3 Helena early on the way to a 34-20 thumping in which they led 27-nil in the third quarter. With the win, Butte (2-1) jumps into Class AA’s fourth slot in the third high school football rankings of the season.

Helena (2-1), which has designs on contending for the state title, slips to No. 5. Missoula Sentinel remains on top after a COVID-19 bye and Billings West (2-1) stays put at No. 2 after routing previous No. 5 Bozeman Gallatin 42-14.

Meanwhile, the remainder of the state’s rankings remain relatively static. Class A stays exactly the same after all five teams earned strong wins, leaving Hamilton (3-0) perched at the summit and defending champion Laurel (2-0) engineering a full-throttle chase at No. 2. No. 3 Billings Central (2-0), No. 4 Whitefish (3-0) and No. 5 two-points-a-minute Polson (3-0) all kept rolling as well.

Upcoming game of the week, assuming COVID-19 doesn’t stick its talons any deeper into sports schedules: New No. 3 Kalispell Glacier (3-0) puts its unbeaten mark on the line at defending champ Missoula Sentinel (2-0) at 7 p.m. Friday night.

The rankings:

Class AA

  1. Missoula Sentinel (2-0)
  2. Billings West (2-1) 
  3. Glacier (3-0)
  4. Butte (2-1)
  5. Helena (2-1)

Class A

  1. Hamilton (3-0)
  2. Laurel (2-0)
  3. Billings Central (2-0)
  4. Whitefish (3-0)
  5. Polson (3-0)

Class B

  1. Florence-Carlton (2-0) 
  2. Fairfield (2-0)
  3. Townsend (2-0)
  4. Columbus (2-0)
  5. Bigfork (1-0)
  6. Eureka (2-1)

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