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SAT., 11-10 FBALL PLAYOFF RESULTS

November 10, 2012
Northwest Montana A Conference



 

SAT., 11-10
POLSON 7 DILLON 28
BILLINGS CENTRAL 52 PARK 0

 

Class A football playoffs: Dillon too much for short-handed Polson 

POLSON – Maybe a rematch between second-ranked Dillon and No. 1 Billings Central for the state Class A football championship was in the cards.

If it wasn’t, Ben Folsom wasn’t about to leave anything to luck.

The Dillon quarterback ran for three touchdowns and passed for another as the Beavers, who trailed at halftime, came back to down previously undefeated Polson 28-7 Saturday in the semifinals.

The third-ranked Pirates finished the year 9-1.

The Beavers (8-1) will travel to Billings next week to face undefeated Central for the title. It’s a rematch of last year’s state Class A championship game, won 44-10 by Dillon.

In fact, one or the other – and occasionally both – schools have now been involved in the state A championship game for the past decade. Dillon has been there six times since 2000 and won five; the Rams six times since 2004, winning one.

That was a 28-13 decision over the Beavers in 2007. Since then, Billings Central has advanced to, and lost, four consecutive state title games.

The Rams gained a measure of revenge for the most recent championship loss earlier this year, beating the Beavers 38-17.

But Folsom, a 6-foot-3 senior, was knocked out of that nonconference game early with an injury.

He’s a pretty handy guy to have around.

Mostly darting up the middle, Folsom scored on a pair of 5-yard runs and one of 6 yards to put the Beavers up 21-7, then tossed a 10-yard scoring pass to Austin Carver with 5:12 to play to seal the deal.

All of Dillon’s scoring came after Beau Mills had given Polson a 7-0 lead late in the first quarter on a 1-yard score.

“I credit our offensive line with being able to create holes for our running backs and quarterback,” Dillon coach Terry Thomas said. “Our kids stayed with the game plan, and stayed plugging away.”

It gave the Beavers a chance to get into a productive rhythm after trailing at halftime, Thomas said.

Polson led 7-6 until Folsom’s 6-yard touchdown run with 10:01 left in the third quarter. The quarterback’s two-point conversion run made it 14-7.

Then, Pirates coach Scott Wilson said, came a prolonged turning point.

Buoyed by a 23-yard pass from quarterback Andrew Weltz to Brady Hislop, Polson marched inside the Dillon 5 to a first-and-goal in the third quarter – only to come away empty. Dillon’s Troy Scott chased Weltz down and turned Weltz’s fourth-down pass from the 2 into a wounded duck.

On Polson’s next series, three consecutive penalties turned a first-and-10 near midfield into a first-and-38 inside the Pirate 20. Carver proceeded to intercept Weltz near midfield and return the ball to the Polson 11 yard-line.

An illegal block during the return brought it back to the 33, but the Beavers scored six plays later on Folsom’s second 5-yard scamper.

On Dillon’s next series, Folsom hit M.J. Simkins on the day’s longest play, a 50-yard pass on third-and-5, that helped set up Folsom’s 10-yard scoring strike to Carver.

The Pirates, operating in their second straight playoff game without leading rusher Colton Lenz (illness) and their first since losing one of their top linemen, Riley Sampson, to a separated shoulder during a 9-7 quarterfinal win over Laurel, had to content themselves with slowing Dillon down.

The Beavers had scored no fewer than 56 points in their previous five games, including a 56-12 shellacking of Hardin in last week’s quarterfinals, and came in averaging almost 49.

“That’s a really good football team,” Wilson said.

“I thought Polson did a great job all day,” Thomas said. “Their kids were tough, and hit hard.”

Dillon managed 244 yards of total offense, with Folsom carrying the ball 19 times for 67 yards and going 7 for 14 passing for 110 yards and his first interception of the season. Simkins had three of the catches for 82 yards.

Polson had 209 yards of total offense. Weltz was 12 for 25 for 125 yards, but the ground game the Pirates relied on for much of the year never really got going.

The Pirates’ longest run from scrimmage was an 8-yarder by Mills, who carried 30 times for 66 yards.

“I’m so proud of the effort they put out,” Wilson said of his Pirates. “We were a little short-handed, but those we had played with a lot of emotion, and stepped up to fill the voids.”

Dillon 0 6 8 14 – 28

Polson 7 0 0 0 – 7

First quarter

P – Beau Mills 1 run (Brady Hislop kick), 2:53

Second quarter

D – Ben Folsom 5 run (kick blocked), 9:27

Third quarter

D – Folsom 6 run (Folsom run), 10:01

Fourth quarter

D – Folson 5 run (Taylor Cashmore kick), 10:33

D – Austin Carver 10 pass from Folsom (Cashmore kick) 5:12

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

Rushing – Dillon 34-134 Folsom 19-67, Colton Riebe 6-23, Cooper Lamey 5-21, John Luke Koslosky 3-17, M.J. Simikins 1-6. Polson 39-84 Mills 30-66, Josiah Edington 2-10, Will Davey 2-8, Drew Kvam 2-3, Austin Ashby 1-1, Ian Ricketts 1-(-)2, Andrew Weltz 1-(-)6.

Passing – Dillon, Folsom 7-14-1 – 110. Polson, Weltz 12-25-1 – 125, Davey 0-1-0.

Receiving – Dillon, Simkins 3-82, Carver 3-19, Troy Scott 1-9. Polson, Hislop 2-38, Davey 4-37, Dylan Kelley 3-20, Cedrick Smith 1-15, Mills 1-8, Dylan McCrumb 1-7.

Billings Central 52, Livingston 0

At Livingston, Billings Central dominated Livingston to reach the Class A championship football game for the sixth straight year.

Connor Cerkovnik rushed for 230 yards and two touchdowns for the Rams in the semifinal game at Livingston’s McLeod Field.

Central (11-0) finished with 414 yards rushing. Austin Barthel rushed for 78 yards and three touchdowns.

The Central defense held Livingston to just 93 yards rushing and 99 yards of total offense.

 

Rams rock Livingston; to face Dillon for title

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Gazette Staff

LIVINGSTON — The Billings Central defense picked a great day to be great.

And the offense wasn’t bad, either.

The unbeaten and No. 1-ranked Rams dominated Livingston 52-0 on Saturday to reach the Class A championship football game for the sixth straight year.

Connor Cerkovnik rushed for 230 yards and three touchdowns for Central in the semifinal game at Livingston’s cold and snowy McLeod Field. Central (11-0) finished with 414 yards rushing. Austin Barthel rushed for 78 yards and three touchdowns.

The Central defense held Livingston to just 93 yards rushing and 99 yards of total offense.

“That’s as good as we’ve played defensively this season,” said Central coach Jim Stanton. “Livingston is a good offensive team, and we just really put the clamps on them early and never let them get going.

“Coach (Wayne) Berry and our defensive staff put together a great game plan against Livingston’s running game, and the kids executed it. We attacked them all day long.”

The Rams will face Dillon (8-2) in the championship game on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Wendy’s Field at Daylis Stadium. Dillon defeated Polson 28-7 in Saturday’s other semifinal.

The championship will be a rematch of last year’s title game — won by Dillon — and will mark the third time in the past six years that the Rams and Beavers have met in the championship. Central defeated Dillon for the 2007 title.

The Rams put Livingston (8-2) away in the second quarter.

Central led 7-0 after one quarter before erupting for 20 second-quarter points. A Jacob Stanton interception and blocked punt by Avery Baldry helped Central score two touchdowns in the final four minutes of the half for a 27-0 lead.

Cerkovnik had touchdown runs of 2, 34 and 66 yards, and Barthel had TD runs of 6, 50 and 8 yards.

The Rams’ final score came on a 50-yard burst by backup Kyle Gunderson with less than two minutes remaining.

“We ran the ball really well today,” said Stanton. “Livingston did a great job of getting the field ready. They had about a foot of snow on Friday and overnight, but we got out on the field early and checked out the conditions.

“Our offensive and defensive lines both dominated the game … we really pushed them around. Our kids were really hungry to get back to the championship, and they came out and played like that.”

Livingston, which was in the semifinals for the first time since 1975, finishes with an 8-2 record.

Rangers coach Bryan Beitel credited Central with grabbing the momentum in the second quarter and never giving it back.

“We kept it at 7-0 after one quarter and we were holding them in check for a little bit, but they are such an outstanding football that they'll make you pay for your mistakes,” said Beitel. “That’s what happened today.

“Obviously a disappointing day for our players and fans. But overall, winning the conference title and getting to the semifinals is an extremely good year for us. We’ve got a great team coming back next year and we'll be ready to battle.”

Billings Central 52, Livingston 0

Billings Central 7 20 11 14 -- 52

Livingston 0 0 0 0 -- 0

First quarter

BC – Connor Cerknovik 2 run (Luke Daly kick), 1:44.

Second quarter

BC – Austin Barthel 6 run (Daly kick), 9:07

BC – Barthel 50 run (kick blocked), 4:46

BC – Cerknovik 34 run (Daly kick), :54

Third quarter

BC – Cerknovik 66 run (Forrest Mawyer run), 10:30

BC – FG Daly 28, :19

Fourth quarter

BC – Barthel 8 run (Daly kick), 6:17

BC – Kyle Gunderson 50 run (Daly kick), 1:46.



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Central advances to State A title game

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LIVINGSTON --- Billings Central dominated Livingston 52-0 on Saturday to reach the Class A championship football game for the sixth straight year.

Connor Cerkovnik rushed for 230 yards and two touchdowns for the Rams in the semifinal game at Livingston’s McLeod Field.

Central (11-0) finished with 414 yards rushing. Austin Barthel rushed for 78 yards and three touchdowns.

The Rams will face Dillon (8-2) in the championship game next Saturday at 1 p.m. at Wendy’s Field at Daylis Stadium. The game will be a rematch of last year’s title game --- won by Dillon --- and will mark the third time in the past six years that the Rams and Beavers have met in the championship.

Central defeated Dillon for the 2007 title.

Livingston, which was in the semifinals for the first time since 1975, finishes with an 8-2 record.



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