The last time that Matt Softich and Matt Johnson shared a football field, by the latter’s recollection at least, was somewhere in the neighborhood of 20 years ago.
And the field wasn’t in Missoula where both men coach high school football now — Johnson at Big Sky, Softich at Hellgate. That last time was in Anaconda when Johnson was quarterbacking the Copperheads as a prep player and Softich was his QB coach.
They’re back together at Missoula County Stadium when the crosstown foes collide Friday night.
Lost amid last week’s manic National Signing Day frenzy was a somewhat shocking decision — or not, depending on whom you talk to — of where the most prolific passer in Montana prep football history will continue his playing career.
Butte High’s Dallas Cook, who practically penned his own chapter in the Montana record books, committed to play junior college ball at North Dakota State College of Science last Wednesday. Continue reading
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.
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.
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