Prep football capsules: Class AA

2014-08-28T19:05:00Z 2014-09-04T17:56:04Z Prep football capsules: Class AAGazette Staff The Billings Gazette
August 28, 2014 7:05 pm  • 

Billings Senior Broncs

2013: 4-6

Head Coach: Chris Murdock

Key Players: FS/RB Nolan Timmons (Sr., first-team all-state), DL Sawyer Barnes (Sr.), WR/DB Eli Tostengard (Sr.), OL/LB Jake Clarke (Sr.), WR/DB Beau Thomas (Sr.), LB Ryan Dick (Sr.).

Coach Says: “We had a great summer in the weight room and can’t wait to get under those lights Aug. 29 vs. Butte.”

Billings Skyview Falcons

2013: 7-5

Head Coach: Ron Lebsock

Key Players: OL/DL Kyle Reitler (Sr.), RB Riley Barta (Sr.), FB/DE Justin Keeling (Sr.), WR/DB Taylor Trollope (Sr.) WR/DB Tre’von Dixon-Strong (Sr.) WR/DB Kendal Manuel (Sr.), DL/OL Hunter Berg (Sr.), LB Peter Lee (Sr.).

Coach Says: “Decent offseason for the most part, need daily improvement, looking forward to working for whatever we can earn.”

Billings West Golden Bears

2013: 0-10

Head Coach: Paul Klaboe

Key Players: TE/LB Jayson Leinwand (Jr.), OL/DL Mitch Brott (Sr.), OL/DL Justin Rock (Sr.), OL Tanner Payton (Sr.), OL Jake Haemmerle (Sr.), OL Kruger Stiles (Sr.), OL/DL Levi Stovall (Jr.), QB Casey Klaboe (Sr.), WR Brandyn Van Zee (Sr.), WR Brock Bolin (Sr.), WR/LB Parker Bernhardt (Sr.), RB Zach Wolff (Sr.), RB/DB Cody McCombs (Sr.), RB Nick Lawther (Sr.), DE Joe Ferrucci (Sr.), DE Spencer Johnson (Sr.), LB Aaric Spring (Jr.), LB Richmond Paschall (Sr.), DB Chaz Maddock (So.), DB Haden Hendrickson (Sr.), DT Gavin Butz (Sr.).

Coach Says: “Our team has worked hard in the offseason and we will be vastly improved.”

Bozeman Hawks

2013: 13-0 (state champions)

Head Coach: Troy Purcell

Key Players: WR/DB Jacob Kleinhans (Sr.), OL/DL Riley McGary (Sr.), OL/LB Cody Wiers (Sr.), RB/LB Cordell Appel (Sr.), WR/DB Brady Coffman (Sr.), WR Win Feigle (Sr.), WR/DB Bennett Hostetler (Jr.), FB/LB Payton O’Reilly (Jr.), RB/DL Trace Bradshaw (Jr.), QB/RB/DL Balue Chapman (Jr.).

Coach Says: “We have a young team. They are all competing for starting jobs. I love competition.”

Butte Bulldogs

2013: 6-5

Head Coach: Arie Grey

Key Players: WR/DB Dalton Daum (Sr.), DB Clay Dean (Sr.), WR/DB Paul Campbell (Jr.)

Coach Says: “We have a lot of question marks going into the season. Every day we must get better.”

Great Falls Bison

2013: 1-12

Head Coach: Matt Krahe

Key Players: WR Kessler Leonard (Sr,. all-conference), QB Jordan Wilkins (Sr.), LB Logan Bjorsness (Sr.), RB Nate Williams (Sr.), RB/LB Randy Kessler (Sr.).

Great Falls CMR Rustlers

2013: 7-5

Head Coach: Gary Lowry

Key Players: TB Andrew Grinde (Jr.), OL Ryan Willhollin (Sr.), OL Bryan Wilkes, (Sr.) WR Bryce Luchine (Sr.), WR Karl Tucker (Jr.), TE Kam Mims (Sr.), DB Blake Miller (Sr.), LB Jed Eagebretson (Sr.), DE Payton Sexe (Sr.), WR, Zach Harper (Sr.).

Coach Says: “Good senior class ... they are committed to each other, to the coaches and to the program. AA conference will be very competitive as usual, and should be interesting to see who steps up to the top at the year’s end.”

Helena Bengals

2013: 9-2

Head Coach: Tony Arntson

Key Players: LB Isaiah Cech (Sr., all-state), DL Chase Benson (Jr., all-state), RB/WR Lane Kokoruda (Sr., all-state), OL Clay Tamcke (Sr., all-conference), WR Chase South (Sr., all-conference), LB Dylan Kresge (Sr.), CB Anthony Bodner (Sr.), CB Willem Morris (Jr.), C Chris Palmer (Sr.), WR Cameron Enright (Sr.).

Coach Says: “Good overall team speed ... love to play ... lots of guys who can play ... explosive playmakers ... physical defensive front. Inexperience on the offensive line — lots of young guys.”

Kalispell Flathead Braves

2013: 3-7

Head Coach: Kyle Samson

Key Players: QB Easton Johnson (Sr.), RB/DE Brad Larkins (Sr.), C Levi Brenneman (Sr.), S Jess Beaman (Sr.).

Coach Says: “I want to bring back that tradition of Flathead being one of the top AA schools in the state” (Flathead Beacon).

Kalispell Glacier Wolfpack

2013: 11-2

Head Coach: Grady Bennett

Key Players: QB Brady McChesney (Sr., second-team all-state), RB/DB Logan Jones (Sr., first-team all-state), OL/DL Harrison Kauffman, (Sr.), WR Sam McCamley (Sr., honorable mention all-conference), WR Devin Cochran, (Sr.), OL Hunter Kauffman (Sr., second-team all-state), OL Truman Pisk (Sr., second-team all-state), LB Josh Hill (Sr., first-team all-state), RB/DB Tucker Rauthe (Sr., first-team all-state), DB Cain Boschee (Sr., honorable mention all-conference), DL Andrew Harris (Sr.).

Coach Says: “We have a lot of experience returning and those players got a taste of what it was like to play for a championship and come up just short. Hopefully we’ll be hungry to return to that stage.”

Etc: McChesney threw for 3,590 yards and 41 TDs; Jones had 1,014 receiving, 419 rushing and 544 return yards along with 12 TDs; Hill was Western Division defensive MVP.

Helena Capital Bruins

2013: 7-4

Head Coach: Pat Murphy

Key Players: LB Walker Cozzie (Sr., all-state), LB Nick Argento (Sr., all-state), QB Gus Chancy (Sr.), WR/DB Nick Wrigg (Sr.), WR/DB Will Hunthausen (Jr.), RB Mason Moe (Sr.), RB/DB Ethan Askam (Sr.), TE Sam Bryggman (Sr.), DL Cullen Donahoe (Jr.), DL David Peterson (Jr.).

Coach Says: “Strengths will be team speed, as we have very good speed from all our skill positions. Weakness will be inexperience, as we graduated nine starters on defense and 10 on offense.”

Missoula Big Sky Eagles

2013: 3-7

Head Coach: Matt Johnson

Key Players: C Matt Murphy (Sr., honorable mention all-state), RB Cory Diaz (Sr., honorable mention all-state), DL Trevor Frandsen (Sr., honorable mention all-state), LB Seamus Lucostic (Jr., honorable mention all-state), TE Colin Bingham (Sr., honorable mention all-conference), FB Michael Banna (Jr., honorable mention all-conference), S Brock Shaide (Sr., honorable mention all-conference).

Coach Says: “2013 was the year of the injury for the Eagles. By the third game we lost seven starters. After an 0-6 start, the Eagles finished 3-1. This showed our potential as we had six of the seven injured players returned to this lineup and most of them will be dressed out in 2014.”

Missoula Hellgate Knights

2013: 0-10

Head Coach: Matt Softich

Key Players: QB Brayden Frolich (Sr.), WR Jack Lewis (Sr.), LB Johnathan Gregg (Sr.), C Ryan Hamilton (Sr.), OL Ryan Handley (Sr.), DB Austin Sant (Sr.), WR Paul Wilson (Sr.), OT Zayne Babbitt (Sr.).

Coach Says: “If we are able to show as much improvement on the field as we have off the field since February, Hellgate should be able to find some success in 2014. The players have been through some hard times and are determined to get the program pointed in the right direction for this and future seasons. The excitement and effort is there and hopefully these ‘New Knights’ can continue to grow into a more competitive team.”

Etc: The hiring of Softich means all three Missoula AA coaches are former University of Montana football players.

Missoula Sentinel Spartans

2013: 6-5

Head Coach: Dane Oliver

Key Players: QB Kade Paffhausen (Sr.), RB/CB Jackson King (Sr.), OL Colin Hammock (Sr.), OL/DL Byron Rollins (Sr.), OL Jake Rebish (Jr.), LB Cy Steele (Sr.), LB Connor McKillop (Sr.), LB Brandon Rauckhorst (Sr.).

Coach Says: “We got a taste of playoff football last year and have been working all offseason to continue our growth as a program and are ready to take the next step. This group of seniors exemplifies the work ethic necessary to be successful on and off the field. We are excited to see their hard work pay off on the field this fall.”

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