Montana Prep Football Rankings: Sept. 29

Five Flathead Valley teams hold on to their top-five rankings

Columbia Falls High School football practice. Beacon file photo

In Class AA, the top four spots remained the same, with Missoula Sentinel (4-0), Billings West (4-1), Butte (4-1) and Kalispell Glacier (4-1) winning solidly, Sentinel giving coach Dane Oliver a school-record 60th win and Butte’s Casey Kautzman setting a school mark with a 51-yard field goal.

Joining the ranks is surprising Great Falls CMR (4-1) after a noteworthy 36-12 win over Billings Senior after rallying from a two-point halftime deficit.

Upcoming Class AA game of the week: No. 4 Kalispell Glacier (4-1) at Helena (3-2): The Wolfpack will have their hands full against a desperate Bengals team that has suffered two tough defeats after beginning the season with designs on contending for a state title.

Class A saw no movement after all five teams won convincingly against overmatched opponents. Their margins of victory: 37, 42, 54, 36 and 35 points.

No. 1 Hamilton (5-0, vs. East Helena) and No. 4 Whitefish (5-0, vs. Ronan) should keep their perfect records intact this week, but the road gets tougher for the others.

Upcoming Class A game of the week: No. 2 Laurel (4-0) at No. 3 Billings Central (3-0) in an arch-rivalry rematch of last year’s state-title game that would be just as intense if both were winless. Honorable mention: Polson (5-0) will receive its first real test when it hosts a 3-0 Columbia Falls outfit that has outscored its opposition 125-12.

The rankings:

Class AA

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

Class A

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

Class B

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

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