If Brock Beede can play at an all-state level while playing offense and defense, imagine what he can do when he’s not splitting his time.
The 6-foot-5, 225-pound Joliet graduate will find out Saturday at the 26th annual Big Sky Class B All-Star football game at Herb Klindt Field at Rocky Mountain College when he suits up at defensive end for the South team. Beede earned all-state honors last season and was a District 4B all-conference selection at both tight end and linebacker, despite playing on a Joliet team that struggled its way to a 2-7 record.
The energetic Beede, who will play outside linebacker at Montana Tech this fall, is embracing the decreased responsibilities of forgoing his offensive duties and playing on the defensive line only.
“I like defensive end, because it’s just quarterback, quarterback, quarterback and your lane. You concentrate a lot more on just hitting the guy in front of you,” said Beede, noting that sacking the quarterback “really gets me jacked.”
“I’m actually excited to play one side of the ball,” he continued. “I really never left the field at Joliet, so I feel like I might be able to play a lot better, because I’ll have more time to rest.”
Beede is enjoying playing alongside all-star players from the Southern B, as well as five players from Deer Lodge and Florence to balance out the rosters. Levi Lynde played against Beede and the J-Hawks while at Red Lodge, so he’s happy to have Beede on his team for a change.
“When we played Joliet, it was always like, ‘Stop Beede,’ because obviously the guy’s a stud,” said Lynde, who is also going to Tech to play college football. “Watching him out there with these guys, he’s still tearing it up and causing havoc. He’s fired up, ready to go.”
Beede and his South teammates are looking to end a four-game losing streak to the North, which holds a 13-12 advantage in the series.
“I’m really excited,” Beede said. “I think we have a really good chance of beating the North this year.”
South has extra incentive
On its way to winning the Class B state championship last season, Missoula Loyola took down four Southern B teams in the playoffs. The Rams beat Forsyth in double overtime in the first round and then Red Lodge on a game-clinching stop on a two-point conversion attempt in the second round.
Loyola earned double-digit wins over Jefferson in the semifinals and Baker in the championship to win its second consecutive title.
“Within the South, we don’t have good feelings towards Loyola,” Forsyth wide receiver Luke Schwagler laughed. “We talked to a couple kids from there. It’s not like we hate each other or anything, but we want to beat them pretty bad.”
Lynde laments his team’s loss in the quarterfinals, too.
“It was so tough,” he said. “It was one of those games where you just put everything you have into a game to come that close, one yard away from going to the semifinals in the playoffs. It burns.”
Sixteen players (three each from Red Lodge and Forsyth, and five each from Baker and Jefferson) on the South squad had their final high school seasons ended by Loyola in the playoffs.
• Paul Schilling will be coaching his final game after spending 26 years on the staff at Cut Bank. Schilling is the North head coach for the third time. He’s also been an assistant in the all-star game four times, with the first time coming in 1992.
“It’s a special deal,” Schilling said of coaching in the game. “I’ve always felt the outcome of the game wasn’t as important as what happened during the week, not that you don’t like to win. I think it’s pretty darn special.”
• If fans are expecting a passing barrage, Schilling said they’ll likely be disappointed. He expects both teams to utilize the rushing attack, albeit it with different approaches.
“Neither team really has kids that have been in passing offenses. (Fans) are probably going to see more of a ground game from both teams,” Schilling said, noting that the South will probably try to spread the North defense out, while the North will use a more conventional “old-school” ground attack.
• The assistant coaches for the North team are Ed Buttrey (Bigfork), Jim Benn (Ronan), Shawn Bleth (Malta), Mick Morris (Conrad) and Tad Schye (Malta). Schye recently resigned after one season as the Malta head coach.
• Chris Hess of Forsyth is the South team’s head coach. He’s joined by Roundup’s Dana Quenzer and Dan Coryell, Deer Lodge’s Al Cutler, Jefferson’s Clint Layng and Baker’s Jay Hoversland as assistant coaches.