Four times the Missoula Sentinel football team kicked off in Friday’s victory over Billings Skyview. Three times the ball sailed into the end zone.
That other boot? Well Skyview fielded that one from the 1-yard line. The Falcons made it all the way the 24 to start that possession.
Gabe Peppenger didn’t stop the run and he didn’t score any touchdowns Friday, but he certainly played a big role in the Spartans earning their first win of the season.
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
A light drizzle at kickoff verged on a steady rain by halftime which became some serious precipitation at the dawn of the fourth quarter when the Superior Bobcats hosted Broadview-Lavina in a Class C 8-man football playoff game Saturday.
Such conditions can be disastrous for a team that likes to put the game in motion with passes deep down the field, but Broadview-Lavina dared the Bobcats to beat them through the air.
Despite the likelihood of slippery footballs and errant passes, quarterback Wyatt Zylawy and Superior did just that.
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