Missoula Hellgate is in the running for Best Boys Basketball Program of 2015 in a poll conducted by the USA Today and the Knights have already made the regional round.
That makes Montana’s State AA front-runner one of the top seven programs in Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Idaho and Wyoming — but they need your help to reach the national finals.
Just vote online here as many times as you want. The second round (regionals) runs through noon on Thursday, Jan. 29.
When Sentinel receiver Chris Laporte hauled in a pass over the middle, streaked up through the middle of the Hellgate defense and lunged to the 15-yard line, it did more than just set up a 32-yard field goal off the boot of Spartan kicker Gabe Peppenger as the first half expired.
The catch was Laporte’s second — the first Sentinel pass catcher to reach multiple receptions for the game.
But it’s not like the Spartans were avoiding the air. Quarterback Kade Paffhausen’s second connection with Laporte, a 25-yard gain in the dwindling seconds of the half, was his 10th completion of the contest.
The first nine had all gone to nine different receivers. Continue reading
To say the Missoula Hellgate Knights have struggled on offense would be, well, offensive. Through four games, the Knights hadn’t scored a point and were needless to say 0-4.
But that was before co-quarterback Andy Nemec got the lion’s share of the signal-calling duties in the Hellgate backfield.
The senior — who is still listed as wide receiver on the team’s depth chart — was a wildcat-only option in Hellgate’s offense. In layman’s terms, he was only brought in to run the ball while the “passing QB” Brayden Frohlich worked the throwing downs. Continue reading