POLSON - With a dominant performance in the trenches, the fourth-ranked Polson football team secured a Northwestern A title on Friday.
The Pirates racked up 281 rushing yards and held Libby to 130 total yards in a 46-7 victory on a rainy night. Polson (4-0 conference, 7-0 overall) had the game well in hand by halftime with a 32-0 lead.
"One of the goals the guys set for themselves was to bring the conference championship back to Polson, and they played great tonight," Pirates coach Scott Wilson said. "We ran the ball real well and our offensive line did a great job. Then defensively we played outstanding."
Quarterback Vince DiGiallonardo played a big role in helping the Pirates build an 18-0 lead in the first frame. He opened the scoring with a 25-yard touchdown run, then followed up with a 46-yard TD run and a 43-yard TD pass to Justin Hoel.
DiGiallonardo finished with 111 yards rushing and 126 passing, completing 4 of 9 attempts.
Libby fell to 2-1, 4-4. Chase Hoyer scored the only touchdown for the Loggers in the third quarter on a 5-yard pass from Micah Germany.
Libby 0 0 7 0 - 7
Polson 18 14 14 0 - 46
P - Vince DiGiallonardo 25 run (kick failed)
P - DiGiallonardo 46 run (pass failed)
P - Justin Hoel 43 pass from DiGiallonardo (kick failed)
P - Chris Cote 31 run (Brady Hislop kick)
P - Ian Laimbeer 38 pass from DiGiallonardo (Hislop kick)
P - DiGiallonardo 25 run (Hislop kick)
L - Chase Hoyer 5 pass from Micah Germany (Patrick Valentine kick)
P - Paul McClurg 36 run (Hislop kick)
Bozeman 56, Kalispell Flathead 26
At Bozeman, the defending state champs flexed their muscles in posting the Class AA victory.
Hawks quarterback Will Weyer was 23 of 32 in the air for 382 yards and four touchdowns. All of those came in the second quarter, when Bozeman (2-6) outscored the Braves 29-0 to pull away.
Will Dissley caught three touchdown passes and Hunter Gappmayer ran for a pair of scores for the Hawks.
Matt McLean caught a pair of third-quarter touchdown passes from Matt Tokarz for Flathead, which fell to 3-5.
Flathead 6 0 14 6 - 26
Bozeman 13 29 7 7 - 56
B - Otto Stefan 1 run (Carson Schmit kick), 9:10
B - Hunter Gappmayer 3 run (conversion failed), 1:26
F - Michael Managhan 83 run (conversion failed), 1:06
B - Will Dissly 13 pass from Will Weyer (conversion failed), 6:32
B - Dissly 5 pass from Weyer (Nick Beauchaine rush), 2:58
B - Kyle Miller 78 pass from Weyer (Beauchaine pass from Weyer), 1:42
B - Dissly 15 pass from Weyer (Schmit kick), :20
F - Matt McLean 5 pass from Matt Tokarz (Dylan Torgerson kick), 8:33
B - Beauchaine 1 run (Schmit kick), 4:58
F - McLean 45 pass from Tokarz (Torgerson kick), 3:42
B - Gappmayer 19 run (Schmit kick), 7:05
F - Kevin Grosswiler 21 pass from Tokarz (kick failed), 2:41
RUSHING - Flathead: Michael Managhan 10-107; Matt Tokarz 14-83; John Collins 4-9; Juston Windom 2-5; George Sherwood 1 (-6). Bozeman: Hunter Gappmayer 27-143; Carson Schmit 1-17; Otto Stefan 2-10; Nick Beauchaine 1-1; Riley Martello 5-4.
PASSING - Flathead: Tokarz 10-26-1-144. Bozeman - Weyer 23-32-1-382.
RECEIVING - Flathead: Matt McLean 4-68; George Sherwood 2-49; Kevin Grosswiler 2-19; John Collins 1-10; Michael Managhan 1-2. Bozeman: Will Dissly 10-126; Nick Beauchaine 6-120; Carson Schmit 3-36; Kyle Miller 2-85; Hunter Gappmayer 1-13; Jackson Toth 1-2.
Kalispell Glacier 35, Great Falls 21
At Kalispell, the fourth-ranked Wolfpack raced out to a 21-0 lead and held off the Bison to win the Class AA matchup behind 341 passing yards by quarterback Taylor Hulslander.
The key moment came in the second quarter when Glacier, clinging to a 21-14 lead, scored on a 90-yard pass from Hulslander to Andrew Nelson.
The Wolfpack (7-1) took a 28-14 lead into halftime and held Great Falls (3-5) to one score in the second half. Glacier finished with 389 total yards to Great Falls' 314.
Great Falls 0 14 7 0 - 21
Glacier 21 7 7 0 - 35
G - Andrew Nelson 84 kickoff return (Kyle Griffith kick)
G - Anthony Gugliuzza 34 pass from Taylor Hulslander (Griffith kick)
G - Kyle Griffith 13 pass from Hulslander (Griffith kick)
GF - Robert Hubka 3 run (Colter Posey kick)
GF - Dylan Tatarka 34 pass from Posey (Posey kick)
G - Nelson 90 pass from Hulslander (Griffith kick)
G - Gugliuzza 11 pass from Hulslander (Griffith kick)
GF - Kolby Sukut 13 pass from Posey (Posey kick)
RUSHING - Great Falls (43-170): Robert Hubka 15-99, Colter Posey 24-62, Shyke Smalls 4-9. Glacier (28-48): Noah James 7-25, Aaron Mitchell 4-27, Kyle Griffith 4-11, Anthony Gugliuzza 1-0, Andrew Nelson 1-2, Kellyn Faraone 4-4, Tyler Hulslander 7-minus 21.
PASSING - Great Falls: Posey 17-28-1 120, Robert Humbka 1-2-1 24. Glacier: Hulslander 21-35-4 341.
RECEIVING - Great Falls: Smalls 10-47, Dylan Tatarka 3-50, Ryan Doran 1-7, Sam Wingerter 2-14, Seth Liscum 1-13, Kolby Sukut 1-13. Glacier: Gugliuzza 9-146, Nelson 2-102, Griffith 5-31, James Cutler 2-27, Kelan Reed 2-23, Aaron Mitchell 1-12.
Whitefish 52, Belgrade 7
At Belgrade, the Northwestern A Bulldogs scored on five of their first six possessions and rolled to the nonconference Class A win.
Bryce Wehrli had the first two scores of the game for Whitefish (4-3). He began the scoring with a 19-yard touchdown reception before returning an interception 35 yards for another score.
Connor Donahue threw three touchdown passes for the Bulldogs, the longest a 53-yarder to Logan Harwood in the third quarter. Harwood finished with three TD receptions.
Colter Davis had a 20-yard touchdown run for the Panthers (1-7).
Whitefish 19 13 14 6 - 52
Belgrade 0 7 0 0 - 7
W - Bryce Wehrli 19 pass from Christopher Forrest (kick failed)
W - Wehrli 35 interception return (Koleer Kanistanaux kick)
W - Gage Vasquez 22 pass from Connor Donahue (pass failed)
W - Logan Harwood 40 pass from Donahue (Kanistanaux kick)
W - Maximilian Smith 6 run (Kanistanaux kick)
B - Colter Devers 20 run (Devers kick)
W - Harwood 29 pass from Forrest (Kanistanaux kick)
W - Harwood 53 pass from Donahue (Kanistanaux kick)
W - Forrest 3 run (pass failed)
Butte Central 43, Corvallis 36
At Butte, the Maroons held off a furious fourth-quarter rally by the Blue Devils for the Southwestern A win.
Butte Central (2-2, 4-4) led 43-14 entering the final stanza before Corvallis erupted for 22 points.
Jake Capko scored on a 51-yard pass from Brandon Butt and Tyler Berner scored from 2 and 11 yards out to bring Corvallis (1-3, 2-5) within a touchdown, but it could get no closer.
Corvallis 8 6 0 22 - 36
Butte Central 12 12 19 0 - 43
BC - Zach Kasperick 26 pass from Brady Tippett (kick failed)
BC - Kasperick 5 run (pass failed)
COR - Stuart Landis 3 run (Landis run
BC - Kasperick 7 run (pass failed)
COR - Landis 4 run (kick failed)
BC - Kale Guldseth 13 pass from Tippett (kick blocked)
BC - Emmett McCarthy 27 pass from Tippett (kick blocked)
BC - Kasperick 7 pass from Tippett (pass failed)
BC - Wyatt Kingston 11 pass from Tippett (Danny Peoples kick)
COR - Jake Capko 51 pass from Brandon Butt (Tyler Berner run)
COR -Tyler Berner 2 run (kick failed)
COR - Berner 11 run (Butt run)
Frenchtown 22, Columbia Falls 19
At Frenchtown, the Broncs denied Columbia Falls on two two-point PATs in the final three minutes of play to secure the Northwestern A win, their first of the season.
The Broncs (1-2, 1-6) led 22-7 early in the fourth quarter on a pair of 1-yard TD runs by Logan Fisher and a 5-yard scoring run by Brydon Peacock.
Columbia Falls (0-3, 2-5) got back into the game on a pair of TD passes by Austin Barth, who finished 16 for 38 for 20 9 yards with three interceptions. But the PAT run after both TDs failed, leaving the Wildcats just short.
Daniel Lebsock led the Broncs with 81 yards rushing on 15 carries. Ryan Anderson added 59 yards on 10 totes.
Columbia Falls 7 0 0 12 - 19
Frenchtown 0 8 8 6 - 22
CF - Austin Barth 2 run (Barth kick)
F - Logan Fisher 1 run (Jackson Mahlum from John Chapman)
F - Fisher 1 run (Daniel Lebsock run)
F - Brydon Peacock 5 run (run failed)
CF - Josiah Osborne 30 pass from Barth (run failed)
CF - Jared Trinastich 16 pass from Barth (run failed)
Stevensville 41, Hamilton 13
At Stevensville, Caleb Vance was a one-man wrecking crew in the Yellowjackets' Southwestern A win.
Vance ran 19 times for 164 yards and three touchdowns. His longest scoring run was a 36-yarder.
In the air, Vance was 12 of 17 for 260 yards with two TDs and no interceptions.
Josh Lords caught a pair of touchdown passes for Stevensville (3-1, 6-1) and Tyler Gavlak returned an interception 70 yards for a score.
Josh Bauder threw a pair of scoring passes for the Broncs, who fell to 2-2, 3-5.
Hamilton 7 0 0 6 - 13
Stevensville 7 14 7 13 - 41
S - Caleb Vance 2 run (Vance kick)
H - Nolan Bollen 29 pass from Josh Bauder (Seth Mason kick)
S - Josh Lords 27 pass from Vance (Vance kick)
S - Vance 36 run (Vance kick)
S - Lords 9 pass from Vance (Vance kick)
S - Tyler Gavlak 70 interception return (kick failed)
S - Vance 20 run (Vance kick)
H - Tyler Murray 21 pass from Bauder (kick failed)
Troy 52, Plains 14
At Troy, the Trojans picked up their first win, piling up 246 rushing yards in the District 7-B contest.
Troy (1-2 conference, 1-6 overall) struck for four unanswered touchdowns in the first quarter. Cory Orr started the onslaught with a 54-yard run to paydirt. Quarterback Gabe Hickman followed with a TD pass and run and Orr finished the first-quarter barrage with a 20-yard scamper.
Hickman finished 7 for 12 passing for 56 yards and two touchdowns.
Plains (0-4, 0-7) scored both of its touchdowns after spotting Troy a 52-0 lead. Tanner Ostrom did the honors each time on passes from Eric Rummell.
Plains 0 0 0 14 - 14
Troy 26 20 6 0 - 52
T - Cory Orr 54 run (kick failed)
T - Creede Garcia 12 pass from Gabe Hickman (kick failed)
T - Hickman 1 run (Cody Orr kick)
T - Cory Orr 20 run (Cody Orr kick)
T - Andrew Haggerty 25 pass from Hickman (Cody Orr kick)
T - Ricky Roach 2 run (kick failed)
T - Dalton Krause 20 fumble return (Cody Orr kick)
T - Dalton Jones 5 run (kick failed)
P - Tanner Ostrom 10 pass from Eric Rummell (Ostrom run)
P - Ostrom 80 pass from Rummell (kick failed)
St. Ignatius 28, Deer Lodge 12
At Deer Lodge, Dakota Gunhammer was responsible for all of the Bulldogs' points in their District 6-B victory.
The senior running back had four touchdown runs and ran for a pair of two-point conversions as St. Ignatius improved to 1-2, 3-4.
Gunhammer began the scoring with a 43-yard TD run. He added scoring jaunts of 17, 4 and 6 yards.
Brett Witt caught an 18-yard TD pass from Ethan Johnston and Reno Ward added a 4-yard TD run for the Wardens (0-4, 0-7).
St. Ignatius 0 6 8 14 - 28
Deer Lodge 0 6 0 6 - 12
SI - Dakota Gunhammer 43 run (kick failed)
DL - Brett Witt 18 pass from Ethan Johnston (kick failed)
SI - Gunhammer 17 run (Gunhammer run)
SI - Gunhammer 4 run (Gunhammer run)
SI - Gunhammer 6 run (run failed)
DL - Reno Ward 4 run (run failed)
Eureka 48, Thompson Falls 0
At Eureka, the Lions remained unbeaten as Chris Ibach scored three TDs in their District 7-B win over Thompson Falls.
Ibach scored on runs of 3, 85 and 73 yards for Eureka, which moved to 3-0 in league, 5-0 overall.
Thompson Falls fell to 1-2, 4-3.
T. Falls 0 0 0 0 - 0
Eureka 12 24 12 0 - 48
E - Chris Ibach 3 run (kick failed)
E - Bryton Guckenberg 30 pass from Ryan Holder (pass failed)
E - Ibach 85 run (pass failed)
E - Ibach 73 run (pass failed)
E - Holder 1 run (run failed)
E - Bryce Bartmess 25 pass from Holder (run failed)
E - Cole Jankovsky 88 kickoff return (kick failed)
E - Curtis McDuffie 2 run (pass failed)
Bigfork 21, Loyola Sacred Heart 12
At Bigfork, the defending state champion Vikings built a 15-0 lead through three quarters and held off the Rams for the nonconference win.
Bigfork scored on a 42-yard pass from Colter Mahlum to Ryan Hayes and on a 26-yard interception return. That combined with Dillon Charlebois' 32-yard field goal gave fourth-ranked Bigfork (6-1) its biggest lead.
The ninth-ranked Rams (5-2) rallied behind touchdown runs of 2 and 11 yards from Morgan Griffin, but could get no closer.
Loyola 0 0 0 12 - 12
Bigfork 3 6 6 6 - 21
BF - FG Dillon Charlebois 32
BF - Ryan Hayes 42 pass from Colter Mahlum (kick failed)
BF - Blake Weimer 26 interception return (kick failed)
Loy - Morgan Griffin 2 run (pass failed)
BF - Dopps 55 run (pass failed)
Loy - Griffin 11 run (pass failed)
Florence 31, Ronan 14
At Florence, the ninth-ranked Falcons gained the inside track to the District 6-B title by topping No. 5 Ronan.
Tanner Cobbs returned the opening kickoff 75 yards for a touchdown for Florence (3-0, 6-1). Cobbs also returned a fumble 45 yards for a TD and ran in a score from 3 yards out.
Zach Newbary added a 10-yard scoring pass to Riley Phillips in the fourth quarter for the Falcons.
Jack Humphreys had a 23-yard touchdown run for the Chiefs (2-1, 6-2).
Ronan 0 12 2 0 - 14
Florence 16 3 0 12 - 31
F - Tanner Cobbs 75 kickoff return (Zach Newbary)
F - Cobbs 45 fumble return (Newbary kick)
F - S, ball carrier tackled in end zone
R - Jack Humphreys 23 run (pass failed)
F - FG Newbary 27
R - Marcus Hungerford 5 run (p[ass failed)
R - S, blocked punt out of end zone
F - Cobbs 3 run (pass failed)
F - Riley Phillips 10 pass from Newbary (kick failed)
Arlee 72, Seeley-Swan 24
At Seeley Lake, Christian Haynes had a field day as the Warriors rambled to the Western C win.
Haynes ran for four touchdowns and threw for another as Arlee improved to 3-5. Haynes rushed for TDs of 2, 17, 16 and 23 yards and opened the scoring with a 42-yard touchdown pass to Cody Sheridan.
Zach Tameler ran for a pair of scores and Kyler Clinkenbeard added a 2-yard scoring plunge for the Warriors, who took a 34-0 lead into the second quarter.
For the Blackhawks (0-8), Connor Marlatt had a 7-yard TD run and threw a 24-yard touchdown pass to Skyler Lee.
Arlee 34 14 0 24 - 72
Seeley-Swan 0 8 8 8 - 24
A - Cody Sheridan 42 pass from Christian Haynes (kick failed)
A - Haynes 2 run (run failed)
A - Zach Tameler 4 run (Haynes run)
A - Haynes 17 run (Logan Lefler run)
A - Haynes 16 run (run failed)
A - Lefler 18 run (run failed)
SS - Connor Marlatt 7 run (Skyler Lee pass from Marlatt)
A - Haynes 23 run (Riley Rogers run)
SS - Lee 24 pass from Marlatt (Marlatt run)
SS - Quinn 48 pass from Christian Cahoon (Marlatt run)
A - Lefler 24 run (Tameler run )
A - Tameler 11 run (Sheridan run)
A - Kyler Clinkenbeard 2 run (PJ Haynes run)
Charlo 42, Noxon 6
At Charlo, Tra Ludeman ran for four touchdowns and passed for one in leading the Vikings to the Western C blowout win.
Ludeman finished with 209 yards rushing on 17 carries and completed 6 of 11 passes for 67 yards. Critical to the outcome was Charlo's surge of 14 unanswered points in the third period after building a 20-6 halftime lead.
Charlo moved to 6-2 with the win. Brandon Piazzola scored the only touchdown for Noxon (3-5) on a 15-yard run.
Noxon 0 6 0 0 - 6
Charlo 6 14 14 8 - 42
C - Tra Ludeman 54 run (run failed)
C - Ludeman 41 run (Kolten Andrews pass from Ludeman)
N - Brandon Piazzola 15 run (kick failed)
C - Stephen Delaney 15 pass from Ludeman (pass failed)
C - Ludeman 24 run (Andrews pass from Ludeman)
C - Ludeman 2 run (run failed)
C - Jacen Petersen 14 fumble recovery (Ludeman run)
Drummond 60, Lincoln 32
At Lincoln, Darius Pool led the sixth-ranked Trojans to the Western C win over No. 10 Lincoln.
Pool ran for five touchdowns as Drummond improved to 7-1. He collected scoring runs of 20, 28, 3, 43 and 14 yards.
Mac Bignell had two rushing touchdowns and returned a fumble 28 yards for another score.
The Trojans also received a 20-yard TD pass from Bignell to Dan Mannix.
Jerum AuClaire had a 78-yard kickoff return for the Lynx (6-2).
Drummond 33 13 14 0 - 60
Lincoln 6 7 6 13 - 32
D - Mac Bignell 4 run (Joe Mannix kick)
D - Darius Pool 20 run (Mannix kick)
D - Dan Mannix 20 pass from Bignell (J. Mannix kick)
D - Pool 28 run (kick failed)
L - Jerum AuClaire 2 run (pass failed)
D - Bignell 28 fumble return (J. Mannix kick)
D - Bignell 1 run (J. Mannix kick)
L - Josh Erickson 1 run (Harley Schau kick)
D - Pool 3 run (run failed)
L - AuClaire 78 kickoff return (kick failed)
D - Pool 43 run (J. Mannix kick)
D - Pool 14 run (J. Mannix kick)
L - AuClaire 11 run (Schau kick)
L - Justin Eiskant 7 fumble return (run failed)
Alberton 38, Hot Springs 26
At Alberton, in a battle of Western C six-man unbeatens, fourth-ranked Alberton used its powerful ground game to outlast third-ranked Hot Springs.
The Panthers (4-0 conference, 7-0 overall) had reason for concern when running back Matt Foley went out with a concussion in the third quarter. But his teammates picked up the slack in the rain.
"We didn't pass too often tonight but our ground game was phenomenal," said Alberton coach Jake Giffin, whose team totaled 347 rushing yards. "It was a great game for our guys."
Foley finished with 181 yards rushing on 19 carries with two touchdowns. Teammate Cody Ishler threw for 113 yards and two touchdowns and had a 59-yard run for a score.
Hot Springs (3-1, 6-1) was led by Mike Gray with 224 yards rushing on 20 carries with one touchdown. Teammate Tanner Hoff passed for 116 yards and had a nine-yard interception return for a touchdown.
Hot Springs 6 8 6 6 - 26
Alberton 14 12 12 0 - 38
A - Matt Foley 9 run (Jake Thompson kick)
H - Mike Gray 34 run (kick failed)
A - Jake Thompson 60 pass from Cody Ishler (kick failed)
A - Foley 15 run (kick failed)
H - Wyatt Nagy 2 run (David Cross kick)
A - Thompson 31 pass from Ishler (kick failed)
A - Dayton Hudson 8 pass from Jack Lehl 8 (kick failed)
A - Ishler 59 run (kick failed)
H - Tanner Hoff 9 interception return (kick failed)
Philipsburg 70, Darby 52
At Philipsburg, Barrett Stanghill had a monster evening in the Prospectors’ Western C win.
Stanghill rushed 46 times for 414 yards and eight touchdowns as Philipsburg improved to 2-6.
He also threw five passes for 60 yards and a touchdown and returned an interception 20 yards for a score.
Phil Shield caught a 46-yard TD pass for the Prospectors.
For Darby, (1-7), Jeremy Campbell threw a 67-yard TD pass to Dylan Knox.
Darby 0 20 12 20 – 52
Philipsburg 6 14 22 28 – 70
P – Barrett Stanghill 12 run (run failed)
D – Joe Caicedo 12 run (pass failed)
P – Stanghill 2 run (Stanghill run)
D – Caicedo 3 run (Devin Thomas pass from Jeremy Campbell)
D – Dylan Knox 3 pass from Campbell (run failed)
P – Phil Shield 46 pass from Stanghill (run failed)
D – Knox 67 pass from Campbell (run failed)
P – Stanghill 11 run (Stanghill run)
P – Stanghill 25 run (run failed)
D – Campbell 3 run (pass failed)
P – Stanghill 35 run (Stanghill run)
P – Stanghill 26 run (run failed)
D – Knox 21 pass from Campbell (run failed)
P – Stanghill 20 interception return (Shield pass from Stanghill)
D – Thomas 55 pass from Campbell (pass failed)
P – Stanghill 46 run (Jerry Metesh pass from Stanghill)
D – Robbins 30 pass from Campbell (Caicedo run )
P – Stanghill 8 run (pass failed)