2023 Montana Prep Football Rankings: Oct. 16

Glacier looks to clinch top seed in Western AA with looming matchup against Sentinel

By 406mtsports.com
A Glacier Wolfpack football helmet. Hunter D’Antuono | Flathead Beacon

As the season begins to wind down, top ranked teams look to solidify their spots in the state playoffs. Here’s a quick look at this week’s matchups.

Class AA: The Bozeman schools remain entrenched in the top two spots  and earned top-two seeds after two more triumphs, the most notable being Gallatin’s 27-6 handcuffing of Billings West — the Raptors’ first triumph against the Golden Bears in their short history. Lurking behind the Hawks (8-0, 6-0) and Raptors (7-1, 5-1) in the rankings is Kalispell Glacier (7-1, 5-1), which has won five games by an average of 39.4 points since its 28-27 shocker defeat at Butte (6-2, 5-1) on Sept. 8.

Upcoming Class AA game of the week: Glacier gets to stay at home in Legends Stadium, but it’ll be against the top team from Missoula — the Sentinel Spartans (4-3, 4-2).

Class A: This top-heavy class seems to be angling toward a state-final showdown between No. 1 Dillon (7-0, 5-0) and No. 2 Billings Central (8-0, 4-0), both of which have improved as the season progresses. The Beavers have faced more challenging competition, having KO’d No. 3 Corvallis and No. 5 Hamilton, but the Rams have been increasingly dominant, especially on defense where they’ve held six of eight foes to single-digit points. 

Upcoming Class A game of the week: Quietly hovering just out of the top five, and working on a four-game winning streak, is Laurel (6-2, 2-1), which hosts Lockwood (5-3, 2-1) for second place in the Southeast A. 

The rankings for Oct. 16 are:

Class AA

  1. Bozeman (8-0) 
  2. Gallatin (7-1)
  3. Glacier (7-1)
  4. Helena (5-3)
  5. Butte (6-2)

Class A

  1. Dillon (7-0)
  2. Billings Central (8-0)
  3. Corvallis (6-1)
  4. Lewistown (7-1)
  5. Hamilton (5-2)

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