When running back Marty Pigeon went down with a shoulder injury in Loyola Sacred Heart’s quarterfinal football clash with Red Lodge, the Rams backfield was suddenly without the left jab in its 1-2 punch.
Senior Tony Madsen carried the load fine enough alone that week – to the tune of 137 yards on 31 carries for two touchdowns – but coach Dan Weber didn’t want his back worn down by so many touches.
So he shuffled the deck and came up with Stephen Sellman.
As a sportswriter, it’s important to begin a post-game interview with the right question. You need something that can start a dialogue and set the pace for the rest of the conversation, something that proves you as the asker are competent and entices the interviewees to want to talk and give you those juicy nuggets to fill out a story.
Saturday, following Hot Springs’s nail-biter of a 6-man football loss to Denton-Geyser-Stanford, I decided to start my conversation with Savage Heat coach Jim Lawson by asking how it was that his team managed to score 21 points – i.e. three booming touchdowns – on three massive plays that totaled 220 yards while the rest of his early game tries on offense went for squadoosh.
He, immediately recognizing me as a 6-man rookie, politely offered an explanation to the explosiveness of broken plays before adding a smile and a caveat:
“That stuff is all pretty common in 6-man football.”
You’re right, Coach. Of course it is. It was at about this time I think we each acknowledged I was a bit out of my element. You see, Saturday’s Montana Class C state quarterfinal game was my first foray into the world of 6-man football. Continue reading
It’s been a very long time since the Bozeman Hawks received a true challenge on the football field. Their closest game in almost two months was a 27-point victory.
So can anybody beat Bozeman now that we’re on the eve of Montana’s Class AA football postseason?
That much is still unknown, but it doesn’t mean the rest of the field won’t be ready to try to knock off the 10-0 titans. It all starts with the Spartans of Missoula Sentinel this Friday. Continue reading
On an October Tuesday in 2012, on a rain-soaked and muddy Playfair Park field, the Missoula Sentinel girls’ soccer team brushed away its punchless challenger, Missoula Hellgate, 2-0.
The Spartans earned a spot at the State AA Soccer Tournament by handing the Knights one last defeat. Hellgate fell to a winless 0-10-2.
Well, what a difference a year makes. Continue reading
Two weeks ago we saw the battle of the regular season in Class A soccer up in Whitefish, a potential state title game preview.
Whitefish was undefeated. Stevensville was undefeated. The spectators were salivating.
But this big juicy steak turned out to be a little tough once you got into it. Stevensville scored four times in the second half to run away with a 5-2 match, the first loss for the Bulldogs in 33 matches. Continue reading
The Polson Bay Golf Course, home to the 2013 Montana State A high school golf tournament, is looking for volunteers to help with the set up and daily production of the championship event.
The tournament, which runs from Oct. 3 to 5, is in need of extra help with volunteers assisting in scoring, transportation, starting rounds, along with various other duties. Any golf fans interested in helping should contact the Polson Bay golf shop at (406) 883-8230 for more information.
The Polson girls will be shooting at their home course for a third straight team championship. That mark would tie Billings Central for the second most consecutive girls’ team titles in the classification. Only Whitefish (93-99) has had more at the Class A level with seven, including a tied co-championship in 1994.