With their first road trip of the season behind them, Butte High is 2-0 after a 52-21 win over Great Falls CMR.
Bulldog quarterback Tommy Mellott had 335 yards passing and added another 121 yards on seven carries, including a 60-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. Butte had 642 total yards of offense on 75 plays.
“It’s always tough on the road, so kudos to our guys really getting after it,” Mellott said. “That’s always been a tough thing for anyone in the AA going on the road. To come to a team, CMR, they’re a tough team. They played us tough on both sides of the ball. They were one step away from making plays here and there. We just had a lot of guys that stepped up and made plays.
“Good game plan, everything worked together. It was a good night for us.”
Butte running back Kameron Moreno got the scoring early in the first quarter on a four-yard run and Mellott added to the lead moments later. Cory West also scored a 37-yard pass from Mellott on fourth down and Bulldogs ended the quarter up 21-7.
The Rustlers would get no closer the rest of the game and Mellott added two more touchdowns — one a pass to Banner Cetraro and a rushing touchdown — to seal the game in the second half. Peyton Hettick was Butte’s leading wide receiver with seven catches for 98 yards while Ryan Neil had six grabs for 77 yards.
Butte returns to Naranche Stadium next week to take on Helena High at 7 p.m.
Frenchtown 28, Butte Central 0
The Maroons were unable to rebound after their opening week loss against Hamilton Friday night, falling to 0-2 on the season thanks to a 28-0 defeat on the road against Frenchtown (2-0).
Central was only trailing by a score at the half, after a one-yard rushing touchdown from the Broncs right before the end of the second quarter.
However, two special teams miscues from the Maroons, a blocked punt and a punt return TD from junior Jace Klucewich, saw Frenchtown extend its lead to 21-0. A 64-yard TD rush from senior running back Ben Larson sealed Central’s fate in the fourth quarter.
“We wanted to focus on punting away from Klucewich,” said Central head coach Don Peoples. “But after the first block, when [Frenchtown] came off the edge, we went to our regular punts and he took it back on us… I’m really proud of our defense, they were just on the field a lot, and they played really well despite that.”
Klucewich was also on the receiving end of the touchdown after the Broncs’ successful block, and before his dynamic punt return soon after.
Central hits the road for the second straight week next Friday as they take on the Dillon Beavers (1-1).
Dillon 42, Stevensville 0
Dillon departed out of Stevensville victors after a decisive victory Friday night, which saw the Beavers improve their record to 1-1 after suffering a tense double-overtime defeat to Frenchtown in their first game.
The Beavers got off to a piping hot start thanks to a unique hat-trick from senior Pete Gibson. The running back/defensive back scored a rushing touchdown, returned an interception for a touchdown, and ran for another touchdown in three consecutive drives, which saw Dillon close out the first quarter with a 21-0 lead.
Dillon head coach Zach McRae mentioned that he was pleased with the way the Beavers rebounded, as well as Gibson’s start.
“I was really proud,” McRae said. “Coming off a tough overtime loss last week, I’m just proud of the response from the team as a whole… Gibson earned being a captain this season, and his first quarter was just a really cool and impressive part of our win.”
Three more touchdowns in the second and third quarter saw the Beavers ensure victory on a stormy night in Stevensville.
Dillon hosts Butte Central (0-2) next Friday at Vigilante Field.
Deer Lodge 33, Three Forks 0
After a slow start for both teams offensively in the first half, the Wardens were able to pick it up in the second as they moved to 1-1 on the season.
Leading 6-0 at halftime, Deer Lodge was playing through wind and rain, but head coach Corey Freeman was happy with how his players responded in the second half.
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“The boys came out and did a phenomenal job after halftime regrouped and made some adjustments,” Freeman said. “We came out with more energy, we down in the red zone many times in the first half, and we couldn’t finish, we did in the second.”
Running back Matt DeLong had over 100 rushing yards and two touchdowns in the game. With the wet conditions forcing the Wardens to rush during most of the game, they also turned to Brodey Freeman and Rowdy White as well as talented quarterback Judd Applegate to move the offense.
After a six-point loss in its opener to Conrad, it was exactly what Deer Lodge was looking for in week two.
“Last week was tough but we found a way to keep our heads up,” Freeman said. “We’ve just got to keep it rolling and keep executing.”
Whitehall 19, Shepherd 8
Whitehall improved to 2-0 on their season Friday night after defeating Shepherd in the Trojans’ first home game of the season. Whitehall started hot in the first quarter, reaching the endzone at the end of their first three drives of the game.
Junior Tegan Robbins got the Trojans started with a 40-yard touchdown run in the first quarter, before freshmen quarterback Miles Hoerauf found junior Flint Smith for an 11-yard touchdown. Hoerauf scored the Trojan’s third and final TD in the third quarter, finding junior Evan Wagner for a 6-yard reception in the endzone.
Head coach Dan Lacey credited the victory to early success offensively.
“The big thing was scoring on the first three possesions,” Lacey said. “We were able to score and win the field position battle, and made sure to finish our drives with TDs. Lots of credits to the defense, who did their job well for the second week in a row.”
Whitehall travel to Missoula next Friday to take on Loyola-Sacred Heart.
Huntley Project 48, Anaconda 8
On the second play of the game the Red Devils scored a 32-yard touchdown and never looked back in a rout of the Copperheads.
Huntley Project led by 32 after the first quarter as four rushing touchdowns — one coming after a blocked punt — helped it push away from the Copperheads in the non-conference contest.
Dylan Smith did find Kyle Gochanour for a 14-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter as Anaconda’s only scoring play of the game.
The win moves Huntley Project to 1-1 on the season, while Anaconda is now 0-2 and has been outscored 81-8 through two games. The Copperheads return home to Mitchell Stadium for a game against Florence next Friday.
Park City 38, Ennis 12
The Mustangs took a 6-0 lead on a Jacob Johnson three-yard run, but three-straight Panthers touchdowns helped them take a lead they would not relinquish.
Carson Baker had a touchdown down pass early in the third quarter as Park City started to impose its will in the second half. Baker had another throw early in the fourth that made the score 28-12 and Ennis was not able to close.
Brand Ostler had Ennis’ other rushing touchdown, a one-yard plunge in the third quarter.
Eureka 3, Deer Lodge 0
The Wardens fell to Lions in straight sets on Friday evening, losing 24-13, 25-22, 25-22.
Deer Lodge battled in the final two, but were not able to overcome a tough Eureka squad. Maggie Graves had 12 kills and three aces for the Lions and Avory Escobar had 29 assists.