Even a narrow loss couldn’t keep the Ronan football team down.
“You don’t ever want to say you’re happy when you lose, but come on,” Chiefs head coach Jim Benn said gesturing to his surroundings. “Getting to coach here and letting our kids have this experience, I mean I’m watching my quarterback take pictures with his parents on the field.”
The special location was Washington-Grizzly Stadium Saturday, which hosted the first Hometown Pride Classic series between high school teams in Montana and Idaho — an event as pleasing to its organizer as it seemed to be to the players, coaches and fans involved.
Great Falls High and Great Falls CMR were part of the East-West Class AA softball exchange that blew through Missoula on Friday. Each stopped off at the respective Garden City schools for one matchup each in a tripleheader.
And boy did things go well for the Bison and Rustlers.
The Great Falls schools swept all three and again look like the favorites for the State AA title coming up in two weeks with the tournament held in, of course, Great Falls of all places.
A scheduled football doubleheader at Missoula County Stadium this Friday has been broken up.
The Missoula Hellgate Knights, slated to take on Billings Senior at 4 p.m. at the city’s high school football complex, will instead compete inside the home of the University of Montana Grizzlies. Hellgate will kick off at Washington-Grizzly Stadium on the UM campus at 7 p.m.
It’s homecoming week for the Knights and coach R.L. Boyles wanted Hellgate to get the true homecoming experience, said Lynn Farmer, the school’s assistant principal and athletic director. That meant a night game. And what better venue than Wa-Griz to provide it.